Jesus – The Great High Priest
Thus “he was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7).
The whole of his obedient and suffering life was a voluntary offering up of himself to do and suffer the will of God; but it is in its last acts, as offering himself in sacrifice, that we see it especially manifested. In this spirit, as we have already pointed out, he comes up to Jerusalem, for there must he die, as he himself said, “Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.” (Luke 13:33).
In this spirit, he entered Jerusalem, in meek yet holy triumph, sitting on an donkey’s colt. (John 12:15). In this spirit, he sat down with his disciples at the paschal supper, when he said unto them, “With desire have I desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” (Luke 22:15).
And in the same spirit, he freely, voluntarily laid down his life as the last act of his willing, suffering obedience, according to his own words, “Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment, (that is, this enjoined part of my priestly office-for he is here speaking not of his essential, but of his mediatorial life) have I received of my Father.” (John 10:17-18).
By J.C. Philpot