President’s Challenge – Lo, I Come!

Dr. R. Barry Beebe, NBBI President
Dr. R. Barry Beebe, NBBI President

Have you ever wondered what Jesus said when He came into the world for His miraculous conception? As we think of the wonderful incarnation of Christ, we are often reminded about what the angels said, what Mary and Joseph said, what Zacharias and Elizabeth said, what the shepherds and wise men said and what Herod, Anna and Simeon said, but what did Jesus say?

In Hebrews 10:5-9, these words are recorded. Jesus was quoting Psalm 40:6-8 as He came to Mary’s womb in the town of Nazareth. His cry was “Lo, I come” or look, behold, see I am arriving. This cry was not to planet Earth but rather to His Heavenly Father.

He came to fulfil God’s Word. The volume of the book refers to the knob or head of a wooden stick upon which the scroll of skin or reed paper was wrapped. The words of God were written on these Old Testament scrolls, engraved by the hand of a ready scribe. Jesus is proclaiming to be the focus of all Scripture, the revelation, manifestation and incarnation of all that they had known, worshipped and believed for thousands of years.

He came to do God’s will. Jesus came to accomplish and achieve God’s predetermined plan and purposes for man’s redemption and restoration. His first recorded words are found in Luke 2:49, “I must be about my Father’s business.” His cry of agony and distress in the Garden of Gethsemane was, “not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Jesus came as a servant of Jehovah and took upon Himself the form of a human servant. He was made in the likeness of men, even to wash the feet of men and eventually to carry the burden for all of men’s sin.

He came to do God’s work. A special body, prepared for Jesus in Mary’s womb, was virgin born. His body and being were sinless in their substance and sinless in activity. Jesus’ quote from Psalm 40:6 speaks of His ears being opened (digged). This may refer to the bond servant who had his ear pierced with an awl in reference to his commitment to serve his master. The body of Jesus was to accomplish what no body of a bull or goat could ever achieve – to be a complete, once for all, eternal, final sacrifice and offering for all humanity. “Once for all!”

Once again, at Christmas, we are called to remember Christ and His fulfilment of God’s Word, God’s will and God’s work. We must also realize that we have been brought into this world to do the same in regards to God’s great plan to bring the world to Christ and conform men and women to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Post by: Dr. R. Barry Beebe, NBBI President

This article appears in the December 2010 Open Bible Bulletin.

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