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Jesus Overcame Poisoned Wine but He Feared His Destiny

Jesus is touched by our infirmities because He was tempted in all ways as we are, so come boldly unto the throne of grace to obtain mercy.

Jesus Knew His Destiny

Jesus knew His destiny even as a young child. As soon as Jesus could read He had studied the Scriptures that foretold His birth and suffering. Isaiah predicted that He would grow up as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground (Isaiah 53:2). And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. . . . [He] increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:40, 52). At a young age Jesus knew all things that should come upon him (John 18:4).

At only twelve years of age Jesus went into the temple to seek God. When His parents found Him He was sitting in the midst of teachers, listening and asking questions. He turned and asked why do you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business (Luke 2:49 NKJV). According to the flesh Jesus was the Son of God but according to the Spirit He was the flesh of God.

As the flesh of God, Jesus had the mind of God. He knew when a sparrow fell to the ground (Matthew 10:29) and He knew the number of hairs on every person’s head (Matthew 10:30). And like Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5) He knew us before we were born. He knew that all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death (Luke 18:31-33). Jesus knew He was destined to be crucified for the sins of the world.

As God, Jesus knew His brothers wouldn’t believe in Him. He looked ahead and saw them yank Him aside when He was preaching and tell the people He was crazy (Mark 3:21). And when they refused to go with Him to the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus knew they didn’t want to be around Him. He knew that when the crowds gathered to hear Him preach, they would be ashamed of Him (John 7:3). Like Joseph Jesus knew his brothers hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him (Genesis 37:4).

Then Jesus  looked ahead to when He would try to prepare His disciples for His crucifixion. They didn’t understand why He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day (Matthew 16:21). Their eyes were blinded lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (II Corinthians 4:4).

The older Jesus got the more He dreaded the future. As a vulnerable human being, He began to question Himself. Why must He suffer for a people that didn’t want Him? He knew that Satan would persuade the Jews to reject Him and He knew the Jews would try to stone Him when he claimed to be God (John 10:31-33). He knew that Judas would betray Him (Mark 14:18) and that Peter would deny Him three times before the cock crowed twice (Mark 14:30). He also knew that when His time of suffering was at hand, His disciples wouldn’t stay awake long enough to pray with Him (Matthew 26:40). Jesus could no longer ignore the terrifying words of the prophets.

Jesus was approaching His thirtieth birthday when He decided to go into the wilderness to search for another way to save the souls of the earth. Jesus feared that He wouldn’t be able to fulfill His purpose.

In the Wilderness Jesus Rejected Satan’s Trinity Poisoned Wine

When Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (Matthew 4:1), Satan eagerly followed Him. He had been watching Jesus ever since His birth and sensed this was the turning point in His life. So far He hadn’t been able to penetrate Jesus’ mind because Jesus had developed a driving desire to please God at a very young age. But Satan wasn’t about to give up. He was determined to find a weak place in Jesus’ armor.

Satan was convinced that Jesus had come to rule the world, which he considered to be His domain. He wanted Jesus dead so He could have free reign over the earth. He didn’t know the hidden wisdom . . . which none of the princes of this world knew; for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (I Corinthians 2:7-9). Satan had been seething with anger ever since Jesus was born and thought the wilderness would be just the place to devour Him.

No doubt Mary had noticed the war that was going on in Jesus’ mind and had seen Him go into the wilderness. She knew the biblical prophesies of old, but like the disciples her eyes were blinded to a certain extent. However, she must have had an inkling of what lie ahead and had become very worried when Jesus didn’t come home. Did Mary send Jesus’ brothers into the wilderness to check on Him?

What an opportunity for Satan to taunt Jesus by putting words into the mouths of His brothers! Even today Satan pursues all of God’s people through those closest to them. Hardest criticism usually comes from family and friends. Satan thought that if he could strip Jesus’ identity in the eyes of His brothers and their friends, the Jews wouldn’t believe Jesus’ claim to be God. God spoke to Moses through a burning bush so why couldn’t Satan speak to Jesus through His brothers. They believed Jesus was lying so why wouldn’t they be happy to let Satan taunt Jesus through them. Satan thought this would be his chance to insert doubts and lies into Jesus’ mind.

Satan now had Jesus right where he wanted Him—thirsty, weak, hungry, and tired. Every day Satan ridiculed Jesus. Why do you think you are God? You are crazy! You are no better than we are. We have the same parents. You are a man just like us so how can you claim to be the chosen one? What makes you believe you are God? You are not of God. You are of the devil. And every night Satan plagued Jesus with horrible disturbing nightmares. Satan’s constant badgering nearly caused Jesus to lose sight of who He was.

Jesus questioned Himself. Was He really the flesh of God? He knew all the old prophesies by heart, but could He be wrong? Was He God or was it just a figment of His imagination? But if He wasn’t God, who was He? If His visions were only nightmares, why had He been so sure that He was God? Was there another way to save the lost? He was getting weak and tired. Jesus’ days and nights became long and dark as these questions swirled around and around in His head.

Jesus suffered temptation, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest who could succor them that are tempted (Hebrews 2:17-18). A sudden calm settled over Jesus as He realized that He had power over Satan and his poisoned wine. He was God! He would not drink Satan’s poisoned wine. He was not just a man, or a prophet, or the second person in the Godhead. When His brother James said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread (Matthew 4:3) Jesus answered, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). And when Judas said, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down for the angels shall bear thee up (Matthew 4:5) Jesus said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God (Matthew 4:7). Then through Simon, Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world if He would worship him. But Jesus said get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve (Matthew 4:8-10). Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy (Hebrews 4:15-16). For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Many brands of poisoned wine have existed among the gentiles throughout the ages, but the roots of Trinity poisoned wine didn’t come into being until after Jesus was born. And in 325 AD through the early Roman church at the First Council of Nicaea, Satan set His Trinity doctrine in stone. Satan stole the identity of Jesus by decreeing that Jesus was the second person in the Godhead, equal to God in power and glory. And to this day, even though Jesus became the incarnated flesh of God when He died on the cross, Satan vows that Jesus is the second person in the Godhead. In the wilderness Jesus overcame the temptation to drink Satan’s Trinity poisoned wine, but He still greatly feared the cross.

Jesus Overcame His Fear of the Cross In Gethsemane

Jesus was troubled because He feared crucifixion, which He had read and dreamed about for so many years. Just before His betrayal Jesus said, Now is my soul troubled (John 12:27). And because of His godly fear Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save him from death (Hebrews 5:7 NKJV). O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. . . . But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn (Psalm 22:2, 6, 7). He prayed louder, but still no answer came (I Kings 18:27). He felt despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3).

Once more Jesus’ legs became weak and He broke out in a cold sweat as He saw Pilot hand Him over to the Roman lictors. Again their dreaded thongs tore deep, bloody gashes across His back. He cringed as the carelessly plaited crown of sharp one-inch thorns was angrily jammed down onto His head. Then He gasped as familiar streams of blood gushed out over His back, shoulders, and forehead. He glanced at the clotting lumps of blood that fell to the ground and He cringed when globs of spit splattered across His face. He saw the bewildered look on the faces of His disciples as they turned away because his visage [face] was so marred [bruised and distorted] . . . and his form [body] (Isaiah 52:14) more swollen and beaten than they had ever seen. Just thinking about it brought goose bumps and a hollow, nauseous pit to the bottom of His stomach. In a reflexive motion, Jesus slid His tongue across His parched lips as if He were tasting blood.

Jesus’ heart began to pound as it had done so many times before. The deafening frenzy of cheering and shouting grew louder as the mounting hatred of the Jews climaxed with a forward move toward the path that led out of town. Jesus was a strong, young carpenter by trade, but He was too weak to drag His cross to Golgotha. (Many victims died before they were crucified. The purpose of the Roman lectors was to create unbearable pain, but sometimes they erred by ripping into a vital artery that quickly brought death.) Then again He suffered excruciating pain as Roman hammers drove the double-headed 5–7 inch nails into His hands and feet. Even in His dreams He had fainting spells. But worst of all was the cloud of sinful shame that descended upon Him, bringing loneliness like none He had ever felt before (Excerpt from Poisoned Wine by C J Davidson, Chapter 5, p 115-17).

Once again Jesus pleaded for another way to save the people of the earth. O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me (Matthew 26:39). He was so distressed that his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground (Luke 22:44). Jesus didn’t want to suffer the most torturous death known to man. He pleaded, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done (Luke 22:42). But when He thought about the eternal loss of all the people of the earth, including his family, His friends, and you and me, His pain and fear dissipated.

Jesus overcame His fear of crucifixion when He submitted himself to the Spirit. Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered (Hebrews 5:8). Jesus was not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Peter 3:9). Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? . . . For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye (Ezekiel 18:23, 32). Then Jesus was ready to be submitted to the Jews to be crucified.