â€œThen said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.â€ (Hebrews 10:7)Â
These marvelous words (inÂ Hebrews 10:5-7) are an interpretive quotation from Psalm 40:6-8, which in turn was being cited prophetically as the testimony of the eternal Son of God as He prepared to leave heaven and â€œthe bosom of the Fatherâ€ (noteÂ John 1:18) to descend to Earth to become also â€œthe Son of man,â€ with no â€œwhere to lay his headâ€ (Matthew 8:20).
He first took up residence on Earth in the womb of Mary, then in a manger, then a house in Bethlehem, then somewhere in Egypt until the death of King Herod, who had tried to kill Him, then in the home of his foster father in a despised village, eventually on a cross on which His enemies would impale Him, and finally for three days in a borrowed tomb.
And all this, amazingly, was to do the will of His Father in heaven, which He fully understood would include the terrible death of the cross. â€œTherefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it againâ€ (John 10:17).
We can never comprehend such loveâ€”only believe it and receive it. â€œFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting lifeâ€ (John 3:16). Now we can testify with Paul â€œthe life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God [HisÂ faith, not ours!], who loved me, and gave himself for meâ€ (Galatians 2:20).
But anyone who ignores that love should note this sobering truth: â€œHe that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Godâ€ (John 3:18). HMM