JESUS…OUR SYMPATHETIC HIGH PRIEST: 

Part Four: Jesus GAVE His Human Soul as an Offering for Guilt

 

 

By Craig Bluemel

 

 

This series is about the true identity of the man, Jesus of Nazareth: of his human weakness, temptations, and obedience to Yahweh his Father, as he was perfected through suffering.

 

 

In Part 4, we will look closely at a new translations of Isaiah’s prophecy (Isaiah 53) about Jesus, his devaluation by the Jews, his grief stricken heart when betrayed by his own, and most important of all, what he paid when he willingly sacrificed his blood.  Because the church misidentifies Jesus thru corrupted Trinitarian and dual nature of Christ dogma, he is deified as the Christian ‘God-Man’ (NOTE: Hindu’s in India today call on their local ‘guru,’ which means literally ‘god-man’).  Roman Catholic Church fathers and creeds have been wrongly embraced by Christian church pastors and teachers. 

 

Instead of using only the scriptures to identify Jesus of Nazareth as a man, they use antiquated Neo-Platonic language borrowed from the Greco-Roman pantheon.  I have read reams of printed material written by theologians that use Hellenized philosophic language to describe the nature of ‘God the son’ instead of the ‘son of God.’  When backed into a corner with clear truth from scripture, they fall back upon and rely on terms, such as the ‘hypostasis of human flesh & divine ousia.’  Viewing Jesus as anything other than a man, conceived by God in the womb of a human female virgin named Mary, born of a woman, made under the Law, we can never fully appreciate the price that man of Nazareth paid for our transgressions.

 

ISAIAH 53:1-3, 10 The Appropriate Translation

·         Isaiah 53:1 Who will believe a rumor, let alone trust in (i.e. rely on) and depend upon it for spiritual support and strength; when this same rumor-report that we have heard, and {now} make known to you, has altogether stupefied our {own Jewish} minds and {besides this, it} has devastated us {so utterly, that it has also} crushed our {messianic} hope?  Would the outstretched arm of Yahweh {really be} extended forth {in divine revelation}, just to reach the ears of a people whose pitiful spiritual condition is such that they have been humiliated at the hands of their captors, who have stripped them of all their clothing, in order to reveal the shame & disgrace of their {spiritual, sinful} nakedness? The Appropriate Translation

 

·         Isaiah 53:2 His {Messiah’s} growth {from an infant to an adolescent} was like a young sapling tree that grows upward out of the face of dry, parched earth, ascending to maturity, as a twig from a tree {once} felled {cut down}.  Compared to the great tree {Israel} from which the lone sapling protruded, there was no majesty or dignity about him to behold and outwardly, his appearance and masculine features were nothing worth a woman’s passionate (lustful) desire.  The Appropriate Translation

 

·         Isaiah 53:3 He was distained, disrespected, held in contempt and rejected by men as a worthless transient passing thru life, with no calculable value in his state of transitory existence.  He was a man whose discernment, familiarity, knowledge, and relationships with people {on every level of good & evil), caused his acquaintance with hurt to be a life of experiential physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional distress and psychological pain and suffering.  Sorrow was his personally on the deepest, most-inner part of his being and we actually turned our faces away whenever we saw him approaching, desiring not to look at him, because of his pathetic situation.  The Appropriate Translation

 

·         Isaiah 53:10 Yahweh {did} bend down, {looking with keen intent upon} him, and {He} was deeply moved {at what was} crushing him, as he grew weak and terminally sick with bodily illness; physical pain, mental torment, and suffering, {that it} finally caused his human anatomy to spoil.(i.e. waste away) If and when you set yourself, to extend compassion by allowing your soul to be put in {their} place of guilt, as the compensation for offense, you determine to be the trespass offering (i.e. a guilt offering), then your perception will not be ascertained by what the eyes in your head see; rather, you will ‘see’ that which is ‘unseen’ and discern with vision a spiritual seed being generated from you.

 

Isaiah 53:10 The Appropriate Translation with Commentary

·         Isaiah 53:10A Yahweh {did} bend down, {looking with keen intent upon} him, and {He} was deeply moved {at what was} crushing him {His only begotten son}, as he grew weak and terminally sick with bodily illness; {blood loss, massive infection, & vomiting secondary to the human-induced trauma caused him such}, physical pain, mental torment, and suffering, {that it} finally caused his human anatomy to spoil.(i.e. waste away) from the wounds that were inflicted upon him by others} 

 

·         Isaiah 53:10B {Then Yahweh said to His son} If and when you set yourself, to extend compassion {to the guilty & undeserving} by allowing your soul to be put in {their} place of guilt {though you are guiltless},as the compensation for {their} offense, you determine to be the trespass offering (i.e. a guilt offering), then your perception will not be ascertained by what the eyes in your head see; rather, you willsee’ that which isunseen’ and discern with vision a spiritual seed being generated from you.

 

ISAIAH 53:1-12 Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible WITH Amplified Bible

·         Isaiah 53:1-12 Who believed what we {Old Testament prophets} have heard?  And, the arm of Yahweh, to whom was it revealed?  2 When he {Messiah} came up as a sapling before him {before Yahweh}.  And as a root-sprout out of dry ground, he {Messiah} had neither beauty nor majesty, when we {Israelites} beheld him, there was nothing to behold, that we {Israelites} should desire him; 3 Despised was he {Messiah}, and forsaken of men, {Messiah was a} man of pains and familiar with sickness; yea, like one from whom the face is hidden, despised, and we {Israelites} esteemed him not.  4 Yet surely, our sicknesses, he {Messiah}, carried, and, as for our pains, he {Messiah} bare the burden of them, but, we {Jews during Messiah’s 3 ½-year ministry}, accounted him stricken.  Smitten of God and humbled {was our Messiah}, 5 yet, he, was pierced for transgressions that were ours, {i.e. for transgressions that belonged to our souls} was crushed for iniquities that were ours; the chastisement for our well-being, was upon him, and by his stripes, there is healing for us.  6 We all {Jews & Gentiles alike}, like sheep, had gone astray, every man to his way, had we burned {with a passionate desire for sin}, and Yahweh caused to light upon him {Messiah} the guilt of us all!  7 Hard pressed; yet, he {Messiah}, humbled himself nor opened his mouth; as, a lamb, to the slaughter, is led, and, as a sheep, before her shearers, is dumb; nor opened his mouth.  8 By constraint and by sentence, was he taken away, and of his age, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, for my peoples transgression, did the stroke fall on him?  9 And, appointed with lawless men, was his grave, and with the wicked, his tomb; though no violence, had he done, nor was guile in his mouth.  10 Yet, Yahweh, purposed to bruise him, He {Yahweh} laid on him {Messiah} sickness: If his {Messiah’s} soul become an offering for guilt, he {Messiah} shall see a seed {spiritual offspring}, he shall prolong his days,{because Yahweh will raise him from the dead} and the purpose of Yahweh, in his hand {thru the church}, shall prosper: 11 He shall see the fruit of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of himself {and his calling as the suffering servant of Yahweh};which he possesses and imparts to others, shall My {Yahweh’s} uncompromisingly righteous One, My Servant {Messiah}, justify many and make many righteous, upright, and in right standing with God; for he {Messiah} shall bear their iniquities and their guilt.  12 Therefore, will I {Yahweh} give him a portion in the great, and the strong, shall he apportion as spoil, because he {Messiah} poured out, to death his own soul, and with transgressors, let himself be numbered; yea, he {Messiah}, the sin of many, bare, and for transgressors, interposes [intercedes on behalf of].  (*Isaiah 53:1-10, 12 = Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible;  Isaiah 53:11 = Amplified Bible; Isaiah 53:1-12 = Author’s inserted {bracketed} notes for clarification of identities throughout the text, and for continuity in reading + expanded Hebrew word meanings in [brackets].

 

Craigo’s Description of Jesus’ Death

 

Jesus’ flesh was throbbing-sore, and it burned with such intense physical pain, that it caused him mental anguish; he felt sickened and grieved, he was emotionally distressed by the vile, destructive acts that {men} did in loathing hatred, just to ruin him.  It hurt Jesus inside so badly inside and out, that he finally got to the point of just wasting away and he died. 

 

Jesus felt his gut being wrenched and his physical body was shaking, trembling, and snot running out his nose, so much, so he was choking on it; yet no one lifted a finger to comfort the Lamb of God.  His loving and tender eyes had been beaten and smashed with clubs and fists, until they were swollen shut, bruised, and barely slits of light thru the mass of puffy, bleeding skin around the most compassionate, caring eyelids that mankind has ever known.

 

But this didn’t stop the torrid stream of hot tears that streaked down his tender, innocent, blameless cheeks.  As that serpent of old, the spiritual pit viper known to us as the devil and Satan was striking out to destroy the Father’s son, Jesus did not feel sorry for himself.  Jesus expected Satan to behave in such a twisted and vile way, but what really hurt Jesus to the core was what he witnessed his fellow Israelite brethren doing to him.  Worse, yet, what they allowed the devil to manifest thru their mouths and actions.   The active-evil manifested thru his kinsmen Israelites caused our sweet Jesus to know by acquaintance, the most horrific feelings he’s ever experienced or imagined possible. 

 

The pure hatred and spite that Jesus saw on the faces of Abraham’s descendents and the spiritual realization of what their final outcome would be in the eternal realm, is what caused him the greatest grief.  Inside, his feelings were twisting his physical insides with a sickening-sorrow that is simply unimaginable and for me as a writer, indescribable.  What really hurt our dear Jesus was seeing what happens to human beings when they become consumed with evil. 

 

According to Isaiah 53:10 it ‘pleased the LORD (Yahweh) to bruise’ His son Jesus; however, the Hebrew text does not necessitate the English word ‘pleasing’ but is more correctly, ‘it was Yahweh’s will to bruise him.’  Just the same, the willing decision and choice that Jesus of Nazareth made fulfilled completely every word of God in Scripture.

 

The thing that first put Jesus to ‘grief’ was when his companion and friend Judas Iscariot betrayed him.  Then, he was set in place and appointed to make a choice to give his own soul as an offering for sin, in order that he might bear spiritual fruit (i.e. ‘his seed will prosper’) as the firstfruits of God the Father’s harvest of souls.  When God the Father raised Jesus from the dead, he became the firstborn and only begotten son of God brought out from among the dead.    Then he could see his seed brought forth, first among the disciples, then thru them sent out as apostles, bearing much fruit in the church and thereby fulfilling Yahweh’s promise in the last half of Isaiah 53:10b, he would prolong his days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand. 

 

In Luke 1:78-79, the Amplified Bible depicts what Jesus means to Israel as Messiah, the One that John the Baptist prepared the way to announce,

 

·         Luke 1:78-79 ‘Because of and through the heart of tender mercy and loving-kindness of our God, a Light from on high will dawn upon us and visit us.  To shine upon and give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to direct and guide our feet in a straight line into the way of peace.’  Amplified Bible

 

The words that read in the text, ‘a Light from on high will dawn upon us and visit us’ is a metaphor that uses dawn’s earliest light, sometimes called the ‘day-star,’ to represent the start of fulfillment (i.e. time of its revealing) of prophecy.  The specific messianic prophecy here is from two sources that I could determine; Psalms 110:3 and in the words of the prophet Malachi.  The entire Book of Malachi is a lengthy rebuke directed only at the Levite priests in post-exilic Judah and Jerusalem, but its precepts are applicable to all Levitical priests (See Malachi 3:1 thru 4:2).  In Malachi and throughout the psalms, plus in other Old Testament scripture passages, the phrase ‘womb of the morning’ is a prophecy of Messiah’s coming to Israel.

 

The dawn is speaking about Yahweh’s earliest morning light of truth and being revealed in the ‘dawn’ or ‘morning light’ of His ‘7th day of rest’ reaching to a future period.  The dawn light is figurative for the foremost beginnings of the gospel, which of course, is where John the Baptist fits in.  He paved the way in the hearts and lives of the people, turning them toward the light, and preparing them for the eventual experience of spiritual birth thru Jesus Christ. 

 

The reason we can be certain this is the correct interpretation is from our parallel prophecy in Psalms 110:3, ‘the womb of the morning,’ which is set in the context of the new covenant priesthood that belongs only to Jesus Christ, which is patterned after the order of Melchizedek (Psalms 110:4 with Hebrews 5:10; 7:11,15,21).  Below is The Appropriate Translation version of Psalms 110:1-4, which places emphasis on the expanded meaning of the literal Hebrew uses of the words constructed in the text.  It reads much differently than the typical Bible version, but I like it better because it agrees the heart of our Father in His beloved son Jesus.

 

Psalms 110:1-4

1 Yahweh’s rare and precious oracle, revealed to my Lord {‘my Lord’ means king David’s future Lord Messiah} my Adonai; my future, ruler Messiah, ‘You {Messiah} shall dwell permanently at my right hand, as long as necessary until I place your spiritual enemies, which are in heavenly places, are put underneath your feet, and completely subjugated to your rule. 

2 Yahweh will send your {Messiah’s} bread of strength for support to the parched places, where you will tread down, subjugate, and crumble to pieces {the serpent’s} influence on others, including his diabolical, hateful inner thoughts and emotions, which he agitates and is stirring within your adversaries. 

 

3 Your spiritually unified, maternal flock {the church} will present themselves as a spontaneous, daily, abundant gift {at your disposal for service in love}, and at the time of your glorification, your strong army, all arrayed in the magnificent ornaments of sanctity {i.e. set apart as sacred in complete moral purity}, will perpetually originate out of the compassionate womb, breaking forth {thru travail of soul & spirit} to painstakingly search in the direction of your male offspring {i.e. lost sheep & brethren with Christ-like desire}, which are spread out {sitting on the surface of parched ground of the spiritually dead churches} as the dew of the morning.  

 

4 Yahweh, has sworn and will not change His mind or go back on His Word, ‘you, shall be a priest unto times age-abiding, after the manner of a true King of Righteousness, justice, and equitable living.’”  The Appropriate Translation + Author’s notes inserted in scripture text in {bracketed} words for clarification of identity & continuity

 

The dawn of the morning begins Yahweh’s day of rest, when all men are able to seek, believe, and find ‘rest’ in God’s grace.  Christians that have not grown weary in well-doing, but feel oh so tired and in need of refreshing times from the Presence of Yahweh’s spirit will find quietness and confidence is their renewed strength.

 

All true seekers, having ‘ceased’ from their own works to attain His righteousness and peace, will simply repose in the Father’s bosom.  In other words, it is the earliest period when Messiah’s light shines forth to the world.  The ‘dawn’ of Yahweh’s light that was delivered and witnessed by Israel and by the Gentiles, as it came thru Jesus’ gospel message.  As the Messiah or Anointed one, the testimony that Jesus gave to the world was more than words, it was delivered in power of the Spirit.

 

Jesus bore witness to the Father, and the Father bore witness to the son thru many healings, casting out of demon spirits, and breaking the chains of slavery to sin.  The 3 ½-year public ministry of Yahweh’s son Yeshua, along with his miraculous testimony, is what prepared the first 120 disciples for their unilateral spiritual rebirth in the upper room in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.

 

Israel’s realization of the long-awaited spirit-birth itself (i.e. spiritual rebirth of the innermost being or from the womb of the morning) did not happen on the morning of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

Psalms 110 uses the language of a birth of male offspring in a spiritual flock as the ‘dew of the morning’ to depict how each, individual believer will experience his or her spiritual birth.  This spiritual birth happened when the ‘living waters’ that Jesus promised during his earthly ministry came after his glorification on the Day of Pentecost, when the 120 disciples all spoke in other tongues.

 

·         John 7:2, 37-42 Now the Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was at hand… 37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  38 He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart (Literally = his innermost being; womb; belly) will flow rivers of living water.  39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.  40 Who Is He?  Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.”  41 Others said, “This is the Christ.”  But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee?  42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”  New King James Version

 

As to the exact time when Jesus dispenses this metaphorical, spiritual birth, in John 7:37-39, John’s gospel clearly specifies that ‘the spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.’  The glorified Son of God, also known as the spirit of Jesus, is the only mediator between God and men.  Thru the power of his Father’s spirit, the glorified son of God is able to give ‘birth’ thru (or in) the ‘womb’ (man’s innermost being or his human spirit).

 

The Hebrew word for the ‘womb’ in the Old Testament is racham, and it originates from its stem as meaning ‘to love, to love deeply, to have mercy, to be compassionate of God (or of man), to have tender affection, to have compassion, to be shown compassion, to be compassionate.  Yahweh’s light refers to His revelation of Himself in truth to mankind; Yahweh’s truth is revealed in and thru His son Jesus. 

 

Yahweh (the Father God) bore witness to His truth concerning the atonement and acceptance for full payment of sin’s debt, when He raised Christ from the dead.  However, bringing the ‘promise of the Father,’ to the church is delegated by God into the hands of His glorified son Jesus on the Day of Pentecost.  Shortly after Jesus has ascended (See Acts 1:8-13), on the Day of Pentecost, as the 120 disciples tarried in prayer in the upper room in Jerusalem (See Acts 2:1-4), waiting for what Jesus promised, the spirit birth began.

 

·         Acts 2:2-4 And unexpectedly there came out of the sky a loud noise exactly like the moving, forcible wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  3 And they gazed at languages in distribution {among them} as though it were {like} fire {so unusual was it}, and it settled around each one of them.  4 And they were all wholly drenched in an undefiled spirit, and, as first in order, {in the church}, {they} commenced uttering (at random) words of a different kind {of} language, just as the spirit was giving them {the ability} to enunciate clearly.  The Appropriate Translation

 

Thru the power of the Father’s spirit, the disciples began speaking in other tongues.  This experience of glossalalia happened simultaneous with the cleansing of their human spirits and the moment their consciences were made perfect in God’s eyes.  As their consciences were cleansed, they came into direct human-spirit-to-spirit contact with Yahweh God’s spirit.  This spiritual contact caused their entire being to be ‘imbued’ or ‘tinctured’ or ‘filled’ with a morally blameless life from God.  The spirit of Jesus was used by the Father to do in the human conscience what the Law of Moses was unable to accomplish… rest.

 

In Psalms 110, the phrase ‘Light from on high will dawn,’ marks the official ‘start time’ on Yahweh’s stopwatch.  It begins when John the Baptist is imprisoned and Jesus enters Galilee, which happens following his own water baptism and wilderness temptation.  At this time, Jesus of Nazareth begins preaching the gospel to people, telling the people to believe in him as their Messiah.

 

In Luke 1:78-79, the words that read ‘to direct and guide our feet in a straight line into the way of peace’ are taken from the context of the prophecy by Isaiah (From Isaiah 9:2-6).  While most Christians are already familiar with Isaiah 9:2-6 because of the controversy over the meaning of Isaiah 9:6, very few truly understand Malachi’s prophecy. 

 

Malachi is perhaps the most time defined and time oriented prophecy in the entire Hebrew Old Testament because it marks the end of the Levitical priest role.  In fact, Malachi’s prophecy gives exact time-frame details about the end of the function of the Levite.  His prophecy marks the arrival of John the Baptist as Yahweh’s ‘messenger’ to prepare the way for Messiah (Read the entire Book of Malachi). 

 

Malachi’s message is also the end of the time when priests can legally (in Yahweh’s eyes) offer any more sacrifices for sin.  Therefore, John the Baptist is Yahweh’s stopgap messenger.  John the Baptist provides the people with legal forgiveness of sins as a sort of stopgap to cover the pardon of transgressions that was ordinarily handled by the Levitical priests, who were dismissed by Yahweh for their self-serving wickedness.

 

The period that occurs between the end of John’s ministry and the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry is only that time of 40 days, when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness.  However, in spite of the stopgap of John the Baptist bringing forgiveness of sin for a short while, it is clear from the context of Acts 19:1-6, that John’s baptism did not make the conscience perfect, and did not provide the same spiritual birth as was experienced on Pentecost.

 

·         Acts 19:1-7 It happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples.  2 He said to them, " Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."  3 And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" And they said, " Into John's baptism."  4 Paul said, " John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus."  5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began  speaking with tongues and prophesying.  7 There were in all about twelve men.  New American Standard Bible - Updated Edition

 

You can read about the beginning of John the Baptist ministry in Matthew 3:1-6; Mark 1:2-6; John 1:19-23; Luke 3:1-23.  While Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the Baptist, the son of Zacharias, while he was in in the wilderness.  From there, he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.  John the Baptist’s message ended the ministry of the Levite priest, including that of the high priests (see Matthew 3:7-12; Mark 1:7,8; John 1:24-28).

 

John did not stop his rebuke only with the Jewish leaders, but spoke the same message of earnest repentance to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Therefore, bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’  For I say to you, that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.  And even now, the ax is laid to the root of the trees.  Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.’”

 

John the Baptist taught the people to amend their ways, and emphasized equitable and just treatment of one’s neighbor.  For example, he told the tax collectors also came to be baptized, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”  John denied any claims that he was himself the Messiah, but spoke of Yahweh’s Anointed One saying ‘One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.’

 

Baptism of Jesus
Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:21-23; John 1:29-34

 

Haven’t you ever wondered why Jesus was baptized in water by John the Baptist?  Remember, John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  There are three gospel accounts of Jesus’ water baptism found in the gospel books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  John’s gospel doesn’t actually mention the immersion in water, but he does describe the events surrounding Jesus’ water baptism.

 

Below are all four-gospel records.  I have color coded with highlights some key aspects of these texts to consider.  It is imperative for this particular subject matter to be extremely thorough, without wordiness distracting or taking us off on a tangent.  Read each account, and then afterwards, you will be more apt to follow the dialogue about the reasons for Jesus’ water baptism.  In between gospel accounts, I have provided a brief summary of points in each narrative that will be important and pertinent to the topic at hand later. 

 

As I researched various Bible commentaries (something I generally avoid, due to their stuffy views and staunch doctrinal bias), the older, mainline commentator views are that Jesus was baptized for show-and-tell reasons.  It’s really quite ridiculous when you consider what they are saying.  The common thread amongst them is that Jesus allowed himself (as God of course) to be baptized, even though not a sinner.  If we take this view at face value, Jesus is being duplicitous, because as a non-sinner (i.e. sinless), by taking the plunge with John the Baptist, he is pretending to BE a sinner.  Ludicrous!  This is the inference one receives reading Bible commentaries about Jesus’ water baptism by John the Baptist.

 

·         Luke 3:18-23 And with many other exhortations John preached to the people.  19 But Herod the tetrarch, being rebuked by him concerning Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, 20 also added this, above all, that he shut John up in prison.  21 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.  22 And the perfect (consecrated) spirit descended physically {in full} view, a dove upon him, and a voice from out of the sky came into being, “You are my son, the beloved, in you I approve (think well of).” 23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph… 

(Luke 3:18-21, 23 New King James Version 3:22 The Appropriate Translation)

 

KEY FACTS FROM LUKE’S GOSPEL ACCOUNT

 

1.    When (after) all the people were baptized Jesus also was baptized; shows he has an identity with them in his own need for baptism.

 

2.    While Jesus prayed, (after his water baptism), the perfect (consecrated) spirit descended physically {in full} view, a dove upon him.  Note: In Luke 3:22, the spirit ‘upon’ (or ‘around’ for ‘epi’ is also possible) Jesus; this gospel is different from Mark 1:10 that says the spirit descended INTO (Greek = eis meaning ‘into’) him.  John’s gospel says the spirit alighted ‘upon’ Jesus and Matthew’s account says the spirit of God

 

Luke 3:22

The perfect (consecrated) spirit descended physically {in full} view, a dove upon him

Tó Pneúma tó Hágion katabeénai soomatikoó eídei hoos peristerán epi (epi = around) autón 

A voice from out of the sky came into being, “YOU ARE my son, the beloved,

 

Mark 1:10

He saw the spirit, in the manner of a dove descending into him. 

Tó Pneúma hoos peristerán katabaínon eis (eis = into) autón

A voice came into being from out of the sky, “YOU, YOU ARE my son, the dearly beloved

 

John 1:32

The Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and he remained upon (epi = around) him. 

Tó Pneúma katabaínon hoos peristerán ex ouranoú kaí  émeinen  epi   autón

 

John 1:33

Upon (epi = around) whom you see the Spirit descending, & remaining on (epi = around) him

Epi hón  án  ídees    tó Pneúma katabaínon  kaí  ménon epi   autón   

 

Matthew 3: 16

The Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him

Tó Pneúma toú Theoú katabaínon hooseí peristerán kaí  erchómenon epi (epi = around)  

A voice came from heaven, saying, "THIS IS My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."   

                          

3.    A voice came from heaven said TO Jesus, “YOU are My beloved Son; in YOU I am well pleased.” NOTE: The voice is speaking from heaven TO Jesus directly using the pronoun ‘YOU’ in Luke 3:22 & Mark 1:10.  This will change in Matthew 3: 16, where the voice from heaven is saying, ‘This IS My beloved son…’  The reason for the difference is due to the need for an additional witness to Jesus’ water baptism, which witness is John the Baptist himself.  .It is speculation why Matthew uses third person grammar to represent the voice in heaven (i.e. ‘This is My beloved son’) instead of first person singular pronoun (i.e. ‘You are My beloved son…’).

 

Some scholars believe that Matthew’s gospel is meant to reach the Gentiles with the gospel, whereas the other three gospels are directed at the Jewish convert.  I disagree, because this allegation has no basis in fact within the context.  I think the difference is explained by what my first argument presented. 

 

That is, the voice from heaven (i.e. obviously the voice of the Father, God, who is Yahweh Elohiym) spoke one way to Jesus, affirming his role as Israel’s Messiah and as God’s only begotten son in the flesh by saying, ‘You are My beloved son.’ 

 

In contrast, God also bore witness to John the Baptist by speaking directly to him; this was for divine verification of what was previously revealed to John in the spirit concerning the identity of the true Messiah.  This is an important point historically, because during this period, many zealous Jewish men had laid claim to the messianic title and some garnered a substantial group of followers. 

 

John the Baptist affirms Jesus’ identity as the Christ in the text of John 1:33, (which is why I included it in the list of Bible verses above, ‘I did not know him {meaning Jesus as Messiah}, but He (Yahweh God} who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, this is he {i.e. this is Messiah} who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

 

As a side note, the phrase in the text of John 1:33 that reads, ‘this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit,’ is mistranslated; the Greek is anarthrous construction and is more accurately rendered, ‘this is he that imbues (i.e. permeates, tinctures, dyes, or heavily influences others) in a relationship of a morally blameless life.’  This describes the cleansing effect that the spirit of Jesus has upon the earliest disciples when they spoke in other tongues on the Day of Pentecost.  The 120 disciples who were tarrying in prayer in the upper room in Jerusalem, were ‘imbued’ or ‘permeated’ with the spirit of the Father, God, and also tinctured with the unblemished, spotless, blameless human spirit of God’s glorified son Jesus.

 

This happening occurs simultaneous to the 120 disciples first familiarity with glossalalia (tongues), when their sins were experientially forgiven (Acts 2:1-5) and their human consciences were immediately made ‘perfect’ (téleiós).  With the shame and guilt of sin removed, the human spirit has contact with the living spirit of God, and the tongue speaks forth that which is given thru the mediation of the spirit of Jesus, God’s only begotten son.

 

When John the Baptist saw the visible manifestation of Yahweh God’s spirit alighting upon Jesus in the form of a dove at his water baptism, and noticed that the spirit-dove manifestation was remaining upon him, John thereby knew that this man Jesus of Nazareth is Israel’s long-awaited Messiah (or Anointed).  ,It is true that Jesus was John the Baptist’s blood relative and cousin, but he had not been revealed in John’s spirit as the Anointed until now.

 

John the Baptist corroborates this, and John the apostle records it for confirmation as a written witness in his gospel account in the verses that follow saying in verse 34, ‘And I {the apostle John who recorded in writing these events} have seen {in person, the very things I am writing about } and testified (literally = memartúreeka; bear material witness to or legally testify) that this (man Jesus of Nazareth) is the Son of God.”  In verses 35-36, again, the next day, as John the Baptist  stood with two of his disciples, one of them being the apostle John, he was looking at Jesus as he walked, and he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”  The second audible recognition by John the Baptist sent a clear signal to all the people within earshot of his words; John was making doubly-certain that all Israel knew Jesus of Nazareth is the Anointed one sent by Yahweh Elohiym to save them from their sins.

 

In today’s western culture and society, bearing witness to significant spiritual occurrences is almost unheard of, but in the ancient east, it is considered essential.  Thus, the same word memartúreeka is used elsewhere of bearing witness to Jesus as God’s son and as Messiah to Israel, and as Savior of the world (kosmos; world’s inhabitants, including Gentiles & Jews alike).

 

In John 1:34, the Greek word for testified (memartúreeka) is from a cognate (NT:3140) martureoo, marturoo; it means ‘to be a witness, to bear witness, testify,’ but is also used of honorable testimony; i.e. to give a good report of the person, such as used in Luke 4:22.  Jesus also uses the same Greek word form when he promises his disciples that after he leaves, he will return in spirit form as the Helper and bear witness to them they are not left as orphans bereaved of the spiritual patriarch.

 

In John 15:26-27 Jesus said to his disciples concerning his return in spirit form after his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven at the Father’s right hand, that he would send them the ‘Helper’ (or Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Teacher; the Greek for Helper is parakletos, which literally means ‘legal advocate; mediator’)."But when the Helper (Parakletos) comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify (martureoo) of me.  27 And you also will bear witness (martureoo), because you have been with me from the beginning.”

 

The words in the phrase taken from John 15:27 as ‘the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father’ in the New King James Version are mistranslated and ought to read ‘the Spirit of truth who proceeds alongside or near the Father.’  What Jesus means in this is that the disciples will be comforted by the spirit of God the father who is alongside the spirit of His glorified son Jesus, who IS their parakletos, or Advocate-Mediator in spirit form.

 

4.    Luke 3:23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry (at about thirty years of age).  Even at thirty years of age, it was still being ‘supposed’ by the people that Jesus was the son of Joseph (and not known as the son of God).  This mention at the baptism of Jesus is KEY to many other locked truths in the New Testament. The phrase, ‘And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age,’ is rendered in the Greek as, ‘hoosei etoon triakonta archomenos,’ - or, ‘… was about entering on His thirtieth year.’  At this age the Levitical priests entered on their office (Numbers 4:3), and the commencement of the ministry both of our Lord and His Forerunner appears to have been fixed on this principle. In Luke 3:23, thirty years of age was the age required by the law, to which the priests must arrive before they could be installed in their office (see Numbers 4:3).  The phrase ‘Being as was supposed the son of Joseph’ is similar to the same phrase used by Herodotus to signify one who was only reputed to be the son of a particular person, ‘… toutou pais nomizetai,’ (i.e. he was supposed to be this man's son.).  The reason for this is obvious, being that Yahweh Elohiym was the Father of Jesus, not Joseph.

 

5.    Jesus’ water baptism serves key purposes of Yahweh in his life and ministry.  First, it remits whatever sins that Jesus had committed before that time.  We will discuss this later in detail, but many examples are found in the scriptures, such as the time when he was twelve, disobeyed his parents, and thereafter continued in subjection to them.  Not apparent in the English versions of this recorded event, the Greek depicts Jesus sorrowful and repentant.  We will also redefine what ‘sin’ means, and differentiate, according to the requirements of the Law, the distinctions between willful and intentional disobedience, and unintentional careless acts of sin.  This is also touched upon in the apostle John’s shorter epistles, where he differentiates between a sin that does ‘lead to death’ and a sin that ‘does not lead to death.’

 

 

·         Mark 1:9-18 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And coming up out of the water from a horizontal position he saw the sky divided (split and opened), and the spirit, in the manner of a dove descending into him.  11 And a voice came into being from out of the sky, “You, you are my son, the dearly beloved, in whom I approbate (approve by acting in your favor).”  12 and at once, the spirit threw him out of {this environment} into the wilderness (lonely place).  13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him, 14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel.” 16 And as he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”  18 They immediately left their nets and followed him.  (Mark 1:9, 13-18 = New King James Version + Mark 1:10-12 = The Appropriate Translation)

 

FACTS

 

1. Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. This means he purposely came to be water baptized for the remittance (forgiveness) of sins.

 

2. Coming up out of the water from a horizontal position he saw the sky divided (split and opened), and the spirit, in the manner of a dove descending into him.  The spirit descending “into him” is different than the spirit descending “upon him.”  Here it means that he was infused with the spirit of power and anointing to give him the spiritual capability to fulfill his calling, which was to offer up his own soul as the sacrifice offering for the sins of the world.

 

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief and made Him sick. When You and He make His life {life = nephesh; it means his soul} an offering for sin [and He has risen from the dead, in time to come], He shall see His [spiritual] offspring, He shall prolong His days, and the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.  Amplified Bible with authors notes added in brackets {}

 

3. And a voice came into being from out of the sky, “You, you are my son, the dearly beloved, in whom I approbate (approve by acting in your favor).”  This is God the Father, Yahweh, affirming Jesus calling as Messiah, and also confirming and bearing witness of Jesus’ identity as ‘the son of God.’  Again, the voice is speaking from heaven TO Jesus directly using the pronoun ‘YOU’ in Luke 3:22.

 

4. And at once, the spirit threw him out of {this environment} into the wilderness (lonely place).  The spirit here is the devil, or Satan, who is ‘impelling’ Jesus (by permission of Yahweh) into the desert to be tempted and tested AS THE SON OF GOD.

 

5. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.  The wild beasts are demonic forces; the entire temptation takes place in the spiritual dimension.  The angels ministering to him is part of the anointing that Jesus received at his baptism, to be whatever he needed as he depended wholly upon God to take him thru this testing.  Jesus passed his test with flying colors, without any sin; therefore, it is said of him elsewhere in Scripture, he was tempted in all things as we are, yet without missing the mark (i.e. hamartia, or without sinning & defaming his position of honor and blameless commitment to Yahweh as the son of God).

 

6. After John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God; saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand

 

·         John 1:28-36 These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.  29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and {John the Baptist} said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  30 This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.'  31 I did not know him; but that he should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”  32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon him.  33 I did not know him {as Messiah}, but He (Yahweh God} who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God."  35  Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.  36 And looking at Jesus as he walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”  New King James Version

 

FACTS

  1. Verses 28-29 John was baptizing in Bethabara beyond the Jordan when he saw Jesus coming toward him.

 

  1. Verse 29 John exclaimed (to others nearby). ‘Behold! ‘The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ Undoubtedly, John the Baptist was speaking to his own disciples when he said this including the apostle John, who records this event. The way the narrative is worded, the apostle John actually saw this event unfold, which means he was present and convinced from what he witnessed that Jesus is the son of God (Verse 34).

 

  1. Verse 30 This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.'  This statement by John the Baptist to John the apostle & his other disciples is yet another proof that Jesus of Nazareth is a MAN (not Deity) of high ranking in the eyes of God, in that he comes ‘before’ John the Baptist in his preeminence (in relation to Yahweh God’s redemption –plan).

 

  1. Verse 31 I did not know him; but that he should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” I mentioned this earlier, but John the Baptist and Jesus were blood relatives; therefore, when John says he did not ‘know’ Jesus, it refers to Jesus’ role as Yahweh God’s anointed, or Messiah (also Christ, which is from the Greek meaning anointed too).  John the Baptist came baptizing, not only to being the people of Israel to repentance, but also to identify the man whom Yahweh had revealed would be the Christ.  Seeing God’s spirit in visible form lighting upon and remaining on Jesus confirmed what John knew previously.

 

  1. Matthew 3:13-4:1 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.  14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?"  15 But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him.  16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.  17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."  4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 

 

FACTS

 

1. Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him

 

2. John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?"

 

3. But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him

 

4. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.

 

5. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

 

6. Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 

 

Summary

The Father and God of the man Christ Jesus, conceived him in the womb of a virgin named Mary for a very specific purpose, which until recent days, was hidden beneath millennial layers and layers of manmade tradition and the devil’s trickery thru deceitful doctrines and philosophy.  The doctrines of the Trinity, the Deity of Christ and the dual nature of Christ have perverted who Jesus is, who the Father is, who the Holy Spirit is, and caused tremendous harm, division, and confusion in the worldwide Christian church.

 

Jesus did not have the same inherent (inherited) weakness in his moral character as was innate in Adam’s seed; that is, in his human spirit.  This is the reason that God the Father conceived Jesus in the virgin’s womb, so that the origin of his human spirit would not be weakened morally when he entered the world.

 

God the Father subjected His son Jesus to the same human frailties and weaknesses that we are subject to by nature.  Jesus was born under the law; that is, he was born in subjection to its statutory requirements and was part of its ethnic covenant people thru his genetic ties with his mother Mary. 

 

In the Beginning, God’s design was to form man from the dust of the earth and thus ‘make man’ into His ‘image’ (outward form or representation).  Then, after shaping man’s image, Yahweh Elohiym ‘breathed’ His own ‘breath of life’ into the man’s form, and man became a ‘living being’ (i.e. living soul).

 

Tradition and the heavy influences of Calvinistic church traditions, especially that of the Roman Catholic Church dogma in relation to ‘original sin’ have warped our ideas about sin and its condition.  The main distortion that stems from Calvinism and from the doctrine of Original Sin, is that Calvinists believe all people are born into ‘original sin.’  ‘Original sin’ is defined as meaning human proclivity to sin: the sinful state, deriving from the disobedience of Adam and Eve.

 

Thru Calvinism then, we see the Christian church embrace original sin, and thru mainstream false teachings that change Jesus from a man and a human being into ‘God’ the son, he is exempted from the sinful mention because he is ‘God.’  The dual nature of Christ doctrine in effect portrays Jesus existence as the ‘God-Man.’  However, Hebrews makes it clear that Jesus as man ‘learned obedience’ and was ‘made perfect.’  His ultimate perfection came at Calvary, and thereafter, Jesus is to all who believe in God the father thru him, the sympathetic High Priest, the Author, and the Perfector of their faith.

 

 

SELAH…Pause and reflect

 

 

Continued in Part Five

 

Craig Bluemel

The Bible Answer Stand Ministry

1 Peter 3:15 Always be ready to give reasonable justification to anyone who asks you for an explanation of the hope that is within you,  but do it considerately and courteously.

 

 


 

Go directly to these parts of the “Jesus…Our Sympathetic High Priest” Study:

Part 1: Jesus the Anointed One

Part 2: Deity of Christ Doctrine Refuted

Part 3: John the Baptist Prepares the Way

Part 4: Jesus GAVE His Human Soul as an Offering for Guilt

Part 5: The Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness

Part 6: Was it "Divine Blood" that Jesus Offered in Sacrifice on the Cross?

 

 


 

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