Friday Morning Manna August 16, 2019
The Second Adam’s Sufferings: Afflicted, Never Self-Inflicted nor Conflicted
“Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted . . .He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened not His mouth.”Isa. 53: 4, 7, N.K.J.V.
At that momentous point of Christ’s superhuman agony and travail beginning at Gethsemane and on to Calvary, “the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1: 17), revealed His unchanging wrath towards sin by not even sparing His only-begotten Son, “for God so loved the world,” to become the fallen first Adam and fallen mankind’s substitute and surety in order that they might be eternally saved, restored once and forever in the relationship they had before the fall. And that through this Sacrifice of the plan of redemption, man might understand that His law of love and life, is immutable, is as eternal, perfect and unchanging as His character is, the very foundation of His eternal throne.Read more