The Love of God before the beginning, His Love after the end. This is the Joy which leads us to today’s sharing. When, therefore, “ God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself…” 2 Corinthians 5: 19, and the creator Himself was wearing the creature which was to restored to the image of its creator, and after the Divinely miraculous works had been performed, the performance of which the Spirit of prophecy had once predicted,
“ then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall hear; then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing; for waters will break out in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. ” Isaiah 35: 5 -6. Jesus knowing that time was now come for the fulfillment of His glorious passion, said ” My soul is sorrowful even unto death ” – Matthew 26: 38 – 39, and again, “ Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass, from Me. ” And these words, expressing a certain fear, show His desire to heal the affection of our weakness by SHARING them, and to check our fear of enduring pain by undergoing it.
In our nature, therefore, the Lord trembled with our fear, that He might fully clothe our weakness and our frailty ( liability to be deceived or seduced ) with the completeness of His own strength. For He had come into this world a rich and merciful Merchant from Heaven, and by a wondrous exchange had entered into a bargain of Salvation with us, receiving ours and giving His honor for insults, Salvation for pain, life for death.