Two days ago we talked about patience. Yesterday we introduced the faith of Jesus and touched on the necessity of understanding that He was in our same flesh and blood while wrestling with the temptations and challenges of His earthly life. Today we will expand on His faith.
Taking the Strong’s Concordance definition of faith once more [persuasion, credence, moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher…)], let’s look at the life of Christ. Before His birth He, by faith in His Father, said, “Lo, I come…I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within My heart.” Psalm 40:7,8. When reflecting on His birth and infancy, “I was cast upon Thee from My mother’s womb: Thou didst make me hope when I was upon My mother’s breast” Psalm 22:10. This is how Jesus was kept from sin in his childhood.
As He grew into a youth, faith (moral conviction) caused Him to say when tempted, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse His way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy Word.” Psalm 119:9. By faith, having studied prophecy, he understood at age 12 that He was the lamb of God symbolized in the earthly sacrificial services. By faith, again having studied prophecy, He knew when it was time to lay down His life as that sacrifice.
Jesus walked by faith. He had patience (endurance when tested) because of His faith. He kept His Father’s commandments because of His faith. (And remember, faith works by love! (Galatians 5:6) These are the three words, faith, obedience, patience, that stand out in Revelation 14:12, the passage we’ve focused on in this short study. What was the measure of that faith? that patience? that obedience? That is most clearly seen in the crucible of His final hours. Those final hours will be the focus of our next study.