863 God Incarnate Has Lived Long Amongst Man
When God became flesh and lived among man for years,
when He’d seen and been through many ways people lived,
He thought not of living a good life, being free,
or having comfort.
Instead, going through real human life, He saw
how helpless were those living amongst corruption.
He saw and went through the bleak conditions of those
who lived in sin.
He saw they lost direction,
overcome by Satan’s torture.
Everything He saw made Him feel
the need and the importance
of the work He’d undertaken
while He lived in the flesh.
As all this went on, Jesus understood more and more
what He had to do, what He’d been entrusted with.
He became ever eager to complete the work
He was to take on.
He’d atone for mankind’s sins
so they lived in sin no longer.
And God would forgive their sins
because of the sin offering,
so God could keep on working
for mankind’s salvation.
Jesus was willing to sacrifice Himself
as a sin offering for the sake of mankind,
to be nailed to the cross.
When He saw the bleak human condition,
He wanted more to fulfill His mission,
without a second’s delay.
It was so urgent; He gave no contemplation
to His own pain or humiliation.
His heart held just one conviction.
As long as He offered Himself and was crucified
as a sin offering, then God’s will would be done,
and then God could start new work where man’s life of sin
would be transformed.
His conviction and determination
were related to bringing man salvation.
He only wanted to do God’s will
so God could start His work’s next stage.
This is what Lord Jesus was thinking.
Adapted from The Word, Vol. 2. On Knowing God. God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself III