“If Jesus had the power to rise from the tomb, could he have found it so very difficult to come down from the cross?”

Eclectic Orthodoxy

“Jesus’ hour had not yet come”—not the hour when he would be forced to die, but the hour when he would choose to be put to death. He knew the appointed hour for him to die; he had pondered all the prophecies concerning himself and was waiting until everything had taken place that the prophets said would occur before his passion began. When all was accomplished the passion would then follow, in the due ordering of events and not at the compulsion of fate.

Listen to these prophecies, and see if they are true. Among the other things that were foretold of Christ, it is written: “They mingled gall with my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” How this came about we know from the gospel.

First they gave Jesus gall; he took it, tasted it, and rejected it. Then, to fulfill the Scriptures as…

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