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God’s Son only Mediator
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself a ransom for all.” GC 261. 1 Timothy 2:5.
“The life-giving doctrine of the one Mediator between God and man has been freely taught.” Mar 193.
“Why Only One Mediator. Jesus alone could give security to God; for He was equal to God. He alone could be a mediator between God and man; for He possessed divinity and humanity.” RH Apr 3, 1894. 7BC 914.
“The intervention of Moses in behalf of Israel illustrates the mediation of Christ for sinful men.” PP 26.27.
“Christ is today standing as our Advocate before the Father. He is the one Mediator between God and man. Bearing the marks of His crucifixion, He pleads the causes of our souls.” Letter 35, 1894.
“We have a great High Priest to whom we may come boldly; we have a Mediator in the heavens.” R&H. May 7. 1889.
“After the Fall Christ became Adam's instructor. He acted in God's stead toward humanity, saving the race from immediate death. He took upon Him the office of Mediator. Adam and Eve were given a probation in which to return to their allegiance, and in this plan all their posterity were embraced.” 9 MR 237.
“Go to Jesus as He has invited you. There is but one Mediator, one Intercessor, who can help wisely and not make one indiscreet move. I point you to the ‘Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’ In Him is all-sufficiency. Tell Him your failings, and receive instruction from His words.” 14 MR 196.
God’s Son only Intercessor
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25.
“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8:34.
“… the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26.
“The work of Christ in the sanctuary above, presenting His own blood each moment before the mercy seat, as He makes intercession for us, should have its full impression upon the heart, that we may realize the worth of each moment. Jesus ever liveth to make intercession for us…” Counsels to SS Teachers 85.86. CSW 111.
“When tempted, just say, He cares for me, He makes intercession for me, He loves me, He has died for me. I will give myself unreservedly to Him.” LHU 184.
God’s Son only Advocate
“… And if any man sin we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1.
“In obedience to Christ's command, they waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father--the outpouring of the Spirit… They knew that they had a Representative in heaven, an Advocate at the throne of God… Higher and still higher they extended the hand of faith, with the mighty argument, "It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Rom 8:34. AA 35.
“We endeavor to tell of this love, and language fails us. We consider His life on earth, His sacrifice for us, His work in heaven as our Advocate, and the mansions He is preparing for those who love Him.” AA 333.
God’s Son only Communicator
“Since the sin of our first parents, there has been no direct communication between God and man… All the communion between heaven and the fallen race has been through Christ. It was the Son of God that gave to our first parents the promise of redemption. It was He who revealed Himself to the patriarchs... It was He who gave the law to Israel.” AG 43.
“As Jehovah, the supreme ruler, God would not personally communicate with sinful men, but He so loved the world that He sent Jesus to our world as a revelation of Himself.” 9 MR 122.
“The Father has given the world into the hands of Christ, that through His mediatorial work He may redeem man and vindicate the authority and holiness of the law of God.” PP366.
“All the communication between heaven and the fallen race has been through Christ.” PP366. MKH 102.
“It was Christ that spoke to His people through the prophets… the Spirit of Christ (1 Peter 1:10.11)… It is the voice of Christ that speaks to us through the Old Testament.” PP 366.7.
The ladder shown to Jacob “represented Jesus, the appointed mediator.” PP 184.5.
“In all the revelations of the divine presence the glory of God was manifested through Christ.” PP 365.6.
“Through Christ had been communicated every ray of divine light that had ever reached our fallen world. It was He who had spoken through everyone that throughout the ages had declared God’s word to man… God’s greatest gift was bestowed to meet man’s greatest need.” Education 73.74.
“Adam, in his innocence, had enjoyed open communion with his Maker; but sin brought separation between God and man, and the atonement of Christ alone could span the abyss and make possible the communication of blessing or salvation from heaven to earth. Man was still cut off from direct approach to his Creator, but God would communicate with him through Christ and angels.” Lift Him Up p324.
“The Father has given the world into the hands of Christ, that through His mediatorial work He may redeem man and vindicate the authority and holiness of the law of God. All communion between heaven and the fallen race has been through Christ. It was the Son of God that gave to our first parents the promise of redemption. It was He who revealed Himself to the patriarchs. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses understood the gospel… These holy men of old held communion with the Saviour who was to come to our world in human flesh; and some of them talked with Christ and heavenly angels face to face.
Christ was not only the leader of the Hebrews in the wilderness – the Angel in whom was the name of Jehovah, and who, veiled in the cloudy pillar, went before the host – but it was He who gave the law to Israel . Amid the awful glory of Sinai, Christ declared in the hearing of all the people the ten precepts of His Father’s law. It was He who gave to Moses the law engraved upon the tables of stone. It was Christ that spoke to His people through the prophets… It is the voice of Christ that speaks to us through the Old Testament…The ceremonial law was given by Christ.” Patriarchs and Prophets p366.\
God gives promise send Son
“I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between her seed and thy seed; it shalt bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15.
“This sentence, uttered in the hearing of our first parents, was to them a promise…. Adam and Eve stood as criminals before the righteous Judge, awaiting the sentence which transgression had incurred; but before they heard of the life of toil and sorrow which must be their portion, or of the decree that they must return to dust, they listened to words that could not fail to give them hope.” PP 65.
“The sentence pronounced on Satan… was to our first parents a promise of the redemption to be wrought out through Christ.” AA 222.
“But man was not abandoned to the results of the evil he had chosen. In the sentence pronounced upon Satan was given an intimation of redemption… All that had been lost by yielding to Satan could be regained through Christ.” Ed 27.
“The incarnation of Christ is a mystery… It was kept in eternal silence by Jehovah, and was first revealed in Eden, by the prophecy that the Seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head, and that he should bruise His heel.” 6BC 1082.
“If Satan could have touched the Head with his specious temptations, the human family would be lost; but the Lord had made known the purpose and plan of the mystery of grace, declaring that Christ should bruise the serpent under his feet.” BEcho. Jul 15. 1893.
“It will be seen that He who is infinite in wisdom could devise no plan for our salvation except the sacrifice of His Son.” GC 652.
“Human judgment may look upon the command given to Abraham as severe, too great for human strength to bear. Abraham’s strength was from God. He looked not at the things which are seen with mortal vision, but at the things which are eternal . God required no more of Abraham than He had, in divine compassion and infinite love, given to man. He gave His only begotten Son to die, that guilty man might live. Abraham’s offering of Isaac was especially designed of God to prefigure the sacrifice of His Son.” ST. Apr 3. 1879.
Christ gives Sacrificial System
“Christ, in counsel with His Father instituted the system of sacrificial offerings…” Signs. Mar 14. 1878.
“Christ was the foundation and center of the sacrificial system in both the patriarchal and the Jewish age.” AG 43.
“Christ was the foundation of the whole system of Jewish worship, and in it was shadowed forth the living reality,--the manifestation of God in Christ. Through the sacrificial system men could see Christ's personality and look forward to their divine Saviour.” R&H. Apr 23. 1895.
“In the sacrificial system the truth of the atonement was to be impressed upon the world, that all might know that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. Many have wondered why it was that God appointed so many sacrifices in the old dispensation; but it was to teach the world in ever-bleeding sacrifices concerning Christ, the victim of man's transgressions. The offering for sin was a most solemn, sacred offering, and was placed upon the altar with impressive ceremony, and every detail was explained by the priest to the people, that they might understand that the Son of God was to be made an offering for their sins. This is the central truth of the plan of salvation, and it should be often repeated in the hearing of both believers and unbelievers.” ST. Aug 28. 1893.
“Christ's sacrifice is the glorious fulfilment of the whole Jewish economy. The Sun of Righteousness has risen. Christ our righteousness is shining in brightness upon us.” 7BC 932.
Patriarchs knew the Son
“In the garden in their innocence, Adam and Eve united… in thanksgiving to the Father and the Son.” PP 50.51.
“It was the Son of God that gave to our first parents the promise of redemption. It was He who revealed Himself to the patriarchs. Adam . . . understood the gospel…”. FLB 47.
“Abel defends the justice… of God… and urged that God loved them (his parents) or He would not have given His Son, innocent and holy, to suffer the penalty which they had incurred.” PP74.
“It was the Spirit of Christ that spoke through Enoch.” PP 86.87.
“Two of the heavenly messengers departed, leaving Abraham alone with Him whom He now knew to be the Son of God.” PP 139.140.
“It had been difficult even for the angels to grasp the mystery of redemption – to comprehend that the Commander of heaven, the Son of God, must die for guilty man. When the command was given to Abraham to offer up his son… light was shed upon the mystery of redemption, and even the angels understood more clearly the wonderful provision that God had made for man’s sins.” PP155.
“When his assailant placed his finger upon Jacob’s thigh… he discerned the character of his antagonist… It was Christ.” Conflict and Courage 196.
“Jacob talked with Christ and angels.” R&H. Mar 2. 1886. “…he wrestled with the Son of God all night…” ST. Aug 14. 1884.
“Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and all the patriarchs and prophets, heard the gospel through Christ; they saw the salvation of the race through the substitute and surety, Jesus, the world's Redeemer.” R&H Mar 2. 1886.
“Moses held converse with Jesus face to face as one who speaketh with a friend.” R&H Mar 2.1886.
In bringing the dead to life – Moses -- was an evidence that Satan could not controvert, of the supremacy of the Son of God.” PP 478.9.
“Before He clothed His divinity with humanity and came to our world, the gospel message was given by Adam, Seth, Enoch, Methuselah, and Noah. Abraham in Canaan and Lot in Sodom bore the message, and from generation to generation faithful messengers proclaimed the Coming One. The rites of the Jewish economy were instituted by Christ Himself.” COL 126.
“It was He (the Son of God) who revealed Himself to the patriarchs…It was He who gave the law to Israel. Amid the awful glory of Sinai, Christ declared in the hearing of all the people the ten precepts of His Father's law. It was He who gave to Moses the law engraved upon the tables of stone….” AG 43.
“It was He (Christ) who revealed Himself to the patriarchs. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses understood the gospel. They looked for salvation through man's Substitute and Surety. These holy men of old held communion with the Saviour who was to come to our world in human flesh; and some of them talked with Christ and heavenly angels face to face.” PP 366.
“Lo I see four men loose… and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Daniel 3:25.
Enoch “was troubled in regard to the dead… He could not clearly see the life of the just beyond the grave. In prophetic vision he was instructed in regard to the Son of God, who was to die man’s sacrifice, and was shown the coming of Christ in the clouds of Heaven, attended by the angelic host, to give life to the righteous dead, and ransom them from the grave.” SG Vol 1&2 p55.
God's Son to fulfil Covenant
After the fall of Adam and Eve, “With intense interest the unfallen worlds had watched to see Jehovah arise, and sweep away the inhabitants of the earth. . . . But instead of destroying the world, God sent His Son to save it. . . . At the very crisis, when Satan seemed about to triumph, the Son of God came with the embassage of divine grace.” God’s Amazing Grace 11.
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10.
“The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave His only begotten Son, tore from His bosom Him who was made in the express image of His person, and sent HHim down to earth to reveal how greatly He loved mankind.” R&H. Jul 9. 1895.
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9.
“And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” 1 John 4:14.
“God sent His Son into our world to break the power of Satan, and to emancipate the will of man.” Our High Calling 104.
“God sent His Son into the world, His divinity clothed with humanity, that man might bear the image of the invisible God. He made known in His words, His character, His power and majesty, the nature and attributes of God. Divinity flashed through humanity in softening, subduing light. He was the embodiment of the law of God, which is the transcript of His character.” MS 77, 1899. 5BC 1131.
“The infinite God has been manifested in the gift of His only begotten Son to redeem the lost race. Christ came to the earth to reveal to men the character of His Father.” PP 469.
“God sent his Son from the heavenly courts to a world seared and marred with the curse. In Christ was righteousness, peace, life -- every blessing necessary for man's happiness. But the world hated the Son of the infinite God. The world saw nothing attractive in him. The best gift of Heaven was slighted and spurned.” R&H. Sep 20. 1881.
“God sent his Son to save it.” Signs of the Times. Feb 5. 1894.
“God sent His Son into the world because He loved the world.” 7 Manuscript Release. 79.
Jesus said, “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me… And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life…” John 6:39.40.
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him…” John 6:44.
“I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true…” John 7:28.29.
“I go unto him that sent me.” John 7:33.
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3.
“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” Galatians 4:4.
“In His incarnation He gained in a new sense the title of the Son of God… While a human being, He became the Son of God in a new sense.” 1 SM 226. ST Aug 2. 1905.
Also see Mark 9:37. Luke 4:18. 9:48. 10:16. John 1:33. 4:34. 5:126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.57. 7:184.108.40.206. 8:220.127.116.11.42. 9:4. 11:42. 12:44.45.49. 13:20. 14:24. 15:21. 16:5. 17:18.104.22.168. 20:31.
God’s Son takes on Humanity
“Even before He took humanity upon Him, He saw the whole length of the path He must travel in order to save that which was lost. Every pang that rent His heart, every insult that was heaped upon His head, every privation that He was called to endure, was open to His view before He laid aside His crown and royal robe, and stepped down from the throne, to clothe His divinity with humanity. The path from the manger to Calvary was all before His eyes. He knew the anguish that would come upon Him. He knew it all, and yet He said, ‘Lo I come…’” DA 410.
“Christ, at an infinite cost, by a painful process, mysterious to angels as well as to men, assumed humanity. Hiding His divinity, laying aside His glory, He was born a babe in Bethlehem.” MS 29, 1899. 7BC 915.
“Here we behold what the angels contemplate with wonder -- the Son of God, as He humbled Himself to become our substitute and surety, to cope single-handed with the powers of darkness, and to gain the victory in our behalf.” FE 85.
“Christ took humanity to stand here in our world, to show that Satan had lied.” FW 71.
“Christ took upon Himself humanity for us. He clothed His divinity, and divinity and humanity were combined.” FW 71.
“He took humanity upon Him, but He did not leave His divinity...” 2SAT 126.
“He laid aside His royal robes, clothed His divinity with humanity, stepped down from the royal throne, that He might reach the very depth of human woe and temptation, lift up our fallen natures, and make it possible for us to be overcomers, the sons of God, the heirs of the eternal kingdom.” FE 127.
“The Son of God stepped down from His heavenly throne, laid off His royal robe and kingly crown, and clothed His divinity with humanity. He came to die for us, to lie in the tomb as human beings must, and to be raised for our justification.” IHP 13.
“Laying aside His royal robe and kingly crown, He clothed His divinity with humanity, that humanity through His infinite sacrifice might become partakers of the divine nature, and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 9 Testimonies 68. (1909)
“Was the human nature of the Son of Mary changed into the divine nature of the Soln of God? No; the two natures were mysteriously blended in one person – the man Christ-Jesus. In Him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” 7BC 926.
“This was not done by going out of Himself to another, but by taking humanity into Himself. Thus Christ gave to humanity an existence out of Himself. To bring humanity into Christ, to bring the fallen race into oneness with divinity, is the work of redemption.” 7BC 927.
“Only humanity could reach humanity. He lived out the character of God through the human body which God had prepared for Him. He blessed the world by living out in human flesh the life of God, thus showing that He had the power to unite humanity to divinity.” R&H. Jun 25. 1895.”
“In Christ was united the divine and the human – the Creator and the creature. The nature of God, whose law had been transgressed, and the nature of Adam, the transgressor, meet in Jesus – the Son of God, and the Son of man.” 7BC 926.
“Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” Hebrews 10:5.
“… Christ took our nature and dwelt among us. Divinity was revealed in humanity; the invisible glory in the visible human form.” COL 17.
“He voluntarily assumed human nature. It was his own act, and by His own consent. He clothed His divinity with humanity. He was all the while as God, but He did not appear as God. He veiled the demonstrations of Deity which had commanded the homage, and called forth the admiration of the universe of God. He was God while upon earth, but He divested Himself of the form of God, and in its stead took the form and fashion of a man.” 7BC 446.
“Christ alone was able to represent the Deity. He who had been in the presence of the Father from the beginning, He who was the express image of the invisible God, was alone sufficient to accomplish this work. No verbal description could reveal God to the world. Through a life of purity, a life of perfect trust and submission to the will of God, a life of humiliation such as even the highest seraph in heaven would have shrunk from, God Himself must be revealed to humanity. In order to do this, our Saviour clothed His divinity with humanity. He employed the human faculties, for only by adopting these could He be comprehended by humanity. Only humanity could reach humanity. He lived out the character of God through the human body which God had prepared for Him. He blessed the world by living out in human flesh the life of God, thus showing that He had the power to unite humanity to divinity.” 1 SM 264.
“He was born without a taint of sin, but came into the world in like manner as the human family. He did not have a mere semblance of a body, but He took human nature, participating in the life of humanity.” 7BC 462.
“Man is not his own. He has been bought with a price, and what a price! The only begotten son of God condescended to live a life of humiliation, self-denial, and self-sacrifice, divesting Himself of His own majesty and glory as Commander of the heavenly courts, that He might bring life and immortality to the human race. He clothed His divinity with humanity, and came to a world all seared and marred with the curse, in order to give the human family an example of what humanity may become through Jesus Christ, if they will abide in Him. He lived the law of God in human nature, to show that humanity may keep that law through His power.” Bible Echo & Signs of the Times. 07-20-1896.
“Now, of the human: He "was made in the likeness of men: and
being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death." He voluntarily assumed human nature. It was His own act, and by His own consent. He clothed His divinity with humanity. He was all the while as God, but He did not appear as God. He veiled the demonstrations of Deity, which had commanded the homage, and called forth the admiration, of the universe of God. He was God while upon earth, but He divested Himself of the form of God, and in its stead took the form and fashion of a man. He walked the earth as a man.” 5BC 1126.
“He, the Majesty of heaven, disrobed Himself of His glory, and clothed His divinity with humanity, that He might pass through what humanity must pass through.” Ms 147, 1899. p. 5. 17MR 27. Notice the words ‘disrobed’, another words for ‘divested, laid aside, clothed’, all meaning the same.
God’s Son on Earth
“We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall.” DA 48.5}
“Many among Christ's hearers who were dwellers at Jerusalem, and who were not ignorant of the plots of the rulers against Him, felt themselves drawn to Him by an irresistible power. The conviction pressed upon them that He was the Son of God.” DA 457.
“When Jesus came into the world, Satan's power was turned against Him. From the time when He appeared as a babe in Bethlehem, the usurper worked to bring about His destruc-
tion. In every possible way he sought to prevent Jesus from developing a perfect childhood, a faultless manhood, a holy ministry, and an unblemished sacrifice. But he was defeated…
From the desert to Calvary, the storm of Satan's wrath beat upon Him, but the more mercilessly it fell, the more firmly did the Son of God cling to the hand of His Father, and press on in the bloodstained path.” DA 759.
God’s Son is Baptised
“And Jesus when he was baptised, went up straightway out of the water, and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and light upon him. And lo a voice from heaven saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17.
“At the Saviour’s baptism, Satan was among the witnesses. He saw the Father’s glory overshadowing His Son.” DA 116.
“When Christ bowed on the banks of Jordan after His baptism and offered up prayer in behalf of humanity, the heavens were opened; and the Spirit of God, like a dove of burnished gold, encircled the form of the Saviour; and a voice came from heaven which said, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’.” CG 525.
“Never before had angels listened to such a prayer as Christ offered at His baptism, and they were solicitous to be the bearers of the message from the Father to His Son. But no! direct from the Father issues the light of His glory. The heavens were opened, and beams of glory rested upon the Son of God and assumed the form of a dove, in appearance like burnished gold.” R&H. Jan 21. 1873.
“He (John) heard the majestic voice resounding through heaven and echoing through the earth like peals of thunder. He saw the lightnings flash from the cloudless heavens, and heard the fearful words from Jehovah, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." He saw the brightness of the Father's glory overshadowing the form of Jesus, thus pointing out in that crowd the One whom He acknowledged as His Son with unmistakable assurance.” Confrontation 29.
“And in answer to that prayer (of Jesus), the light and glory of God flashed forth from His throne and descended as a dove and rested upon Him.” ST Feb 14. 1878.
“Of the vast throng at the Jordan, few except John discerned the heavenly vision. Yet the solemnity of the divine Presence rested upon the assembly. The people stood silently gazing upon Christ. His form was bathed in the light that ever surrounds the throne of God. His upturned face was glorified as they had never before seen the face of man. From the open heavens a voice was heard saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” DA 112. The light that surrounded Jesus at His baptism, the light that “ever surrounds the throne of God”, is the Spirit of God. It was not a third Person coming down to meet Christ. It was God’s presence in Spirit.
“How thoughtlessly we have read the account of the baptism of our Lord, not realizing that its significance was of the greatest importance to us, and that Christ was accepted of the Father in man's behalf. As Jesus bowed on the banks of Jordan and offered up His petition, humanity was presented to the Father by Him who had clothed His divinity with humanity. Jesus offered Himself to the Father in man's behalf, that those who had been separated from God through sin, might be brought back to God through the merits of the divine Petitioner. Because of sin the earth had been cut off from heaven, but with His human arm Christ encircles the fallen race, and with His divine arm He grasps the throne of the Infinite, and earth is brought into favor with heaven, and man into communion with his God. The prayer of Christ in behalf of lost humanity cleaved its way through every shadow that Satan had cast between man and God, and left a clear channel of communication to the very throne of glory. The gates were left ajar, and heavens were opened, and the Spirit of God, in the form of a dove, encircled the head of Christ, and the voice of God was heard saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 5BC 1078.
God’s Son Tempted by Devil
“And the devil said to him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.” Luke 4:3.
“When Satan and the Son of God first met in conflict, Christ was the commander of the heaven host; and Satan, the leader of revolt in heaven, was cast out. Now their condition is apparently reversed, and Satan makes the most of his supposed advantage…
Not without a struggle could Jesus listen in silence to the arch-deceiver. But the Son of God was not to prove His divinity to Satan, or to explain the reason of His humiliation… Christ was not to exercise divine power for His own benefit… Though he recognised Satan from the beginning, He was not provoked to enter into controversy with him.” Desire of Ages 119.
“Satan well knew the position that Christ has held in heaven as the Beloved of the Father. That the Son of God should come to this earth as a man filled him with amazement and with apprehension.” Desire of Ages 115.
Satan brought Him to the temple and said, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from heaven….” Luke 4:9. “Christ was tempted to answer the ‘if’, but He refrained from the slightest acceptance of the doubt.” Desire of Ages 124.
God's Son agonises in Gethsemane
“All heaven and the unfallen worlds had been witnesses to the controversy. With what intense interest did they follow the closing scenes of the conflict. They beheld the Saviour enter the garden of Gethsemane, His soul bowed down with the horror of a great darkness. They heard His bitter cry, "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me." Matt. 26:39.
As the Father's presence was withdrawn, they saw Him sorrowful with a bitterness of sorrow exceeding that of the last great struggle with death. The bloody sweat was forced from His pores, and fell in drops upon the ground. Thrice the prayer for deliverance was wrung from His lips. Heaven could no longer endure the sight, and a messenger of comfort was sent to the Son of God.” DA 759.
“In the Garden of Gethsemane Christ suffered in man's stead, and the human nature of the Son of God staggered under the
terrible horror of the guilt of sin, until from His pale and quivering lips was forced the agonizing cry, ‘O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me’.” AG 168.
“He must not exert His divine power to escape. As man He must suffer the consequences of man’s sin.” DA 686.
“As the Father’s presence was withdrawn, they (the disciples) saw Him (Jesus) sorrowful with a bitterness of sorrow exceeding that of the last great strength of death.” DA 759.
“The third time (Jesus prayed for release) He sought the place of prayer. A horror of great darkness overcame Him. He had lost the presence of His Father.” Story of Jesus 104. 1896.
“As the Son of God bowed in the attitude of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, the agony of His spirit forced from His pores sweat like great drops of blood. It was here that the horror of great darkness surrounded Him. The sins of the world were upon Him. He was suffering in man's stead as a transgressor of His Father's law… The divine light of God was receding from His vision, and He was passing into the hands of the powers of darkness….. The wrath that would have fallen upon man was now falling upon Christ. It was here that the mysterious cup trembled in His hand.” AG 169.
“Could mortals view the amazement and sorrow of the angels as they watched in silent grief the Father separate His beams of light, love and glory from His Son, they would better visualise how offensive is sin in His sight.” ST. Aug 14. 1879.
Testimony of Father
“The voice of God had been heard at the baptism of Jesus at the beginning of His ministry, and again at His transfiguration on the mount. Now at the close of His ministry it was heard for the third time… Now God again set His seal to the mission of His Son. He recognized the One whom Israel had rejected. "This voice came not because of Me," said Jesus, "but for your sakes." It was the crowning evidence of His Messiahship, the signal from the Father that Jesus had spoken the truth, and was the Son of God.” DA 625.
“As the voice was heard, a light darted from the cloud, and encircled Christ, as if the arms of Infinite Power were thrown about Him like a wall of fire. The people beheld this scene with terror and amazement. No one dared to speak. With silent lips and bated breath all stood with eyes fixed upon Jesus. The testimony of the Father having been given, the cloud lifted, and scattered in the heavens. For the time the visible communion between the Father and the Son was ended.” DA 625.
“With prophetic eye Christ traced the scenes to take place in His last great conflict. He knew that when He should exclaim, ‘It is finished’, all heaven would triumph. His ear caught the distant music and the shouts of victory in the heavenly courts. He knew that the knell of Satan's empire would then be sounded, and the name of Christ would be heralded from world to world throughout the universe.” DA 679.
God's Son faces an Illegal Trial
“The high priest said unto him, ‘I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.’ Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou hast said’…” Matthew 26:63.64.
“At last, Caiaphas, raising his right hand toward heaven, addressed Jesus in the form of a solemn oath: "I adjure Thee by the living God, that Thou tell us whether Thou be the Christ, the Son of God." DA 706.
“Jesus said, ‘I am’.”
“So perverted had the priesthood become that when Christ declared Himself the Son of God, Caiaphas, in pretended horror, rent his robe, and accused the Holy One of Israel of blasphemy.” 5BC 1104.
“While in the guardroom, awaiting His legal trial, He was not protected. The ignorant rabble had seen the cruelty with which He was treated before the council, and from this they took license to manifest all the satanic elements of their nature. Christ's very nobility and godlike bearing goaded them to madness. His meekness, His innocence, His majestic patience, filled them with hatred born of Satan. Mercy and justice were trampled upon. Never was criminal treated in so inhuman a manner as was the Son of God.” DA 710.
“Priests and rulers forgot the dignity of their office, and abused the Son of God with foul epithets. They taunted Him with His parentage. They declared that His presumption in proclaiming Himself the Messiah made Him deserving of the most ignominious death. The most dissolute men engaged in infamous abuse of the Saviour.” DA 715.
“This is one of the times when Christ publicly confessed His claim to be the Messiah… it was to Christ one of the most wonderful moments of His life…. His judges looked upon Him as only a man, and they thought Him guilty of blasphemous presumption. But He proclaimed Himself at the Son of God…His words, spoken calmly, yet with conscious power, showed that he claimed for Himself the prerogatives of the Son of God.” 5BC 1104.
“To the charge of the high priest, Jesus said, ‘Thou hast said….’…. The only Son of God was the speaker, and into the hearts of His hearers flashed the conviction, ‘Never man spake like this man.’ Weighted with such great results, this was to Christ one of the most wonderful moments of His life. He realized that now all disguise must be swept away. The declaration that He was one with God had been made. He had openly proclaimed Himself the Son of God, the One for whom the Jews had so long looked.” TI. May 1900.
The Son of God is Condemned
And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said….” Matthew 26:64.65.
“I am” Mark 14:61.62.
The Son of God is Crucified
“In the sacrifice of God's only begotten Son is demonstrated the awful glory of divine justice and holiness.” Home Missionary. Nov 1.1897.
“And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull… and they crucified Him…” Matthew 27:33.35.
“And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.” John 19:17.18. Matt 27:33.35. “It was the third hour and they crucified Him.” Mark 15:25.
“And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him…. Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them; they know not what they do’.” Luke 23:33.34.
“As soon as Jesus was nailed to the cross, it was lifted by strong men, and with great violence thrust into the place prepared for it. This caused the most intense agony to the Son of God.” DA 745.
“And the sun was darkened… (about the sixth hour until the nineth hour – Luk 23:44)… and when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” Luke 23:45.46.
“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eloi, eloi, lamasabachthani?... and Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.” Mark 15:34.37. “Jesus cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.” Matt 27:46-50.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, ‘It is finished.’ There was a shriek, shrill and agonizing, and the Son of God expired. He died of a broken heart. When the spear was thrust into His side, there flowed forth blood and water. His heart was broken by His mental agony.” ST. Apr 14. 1898.
“When Christ upon the cross cried out, ‘It is finished’ (John 19:30), and the veil of the temple was rent in twain, the Holy Watcher declared that the Jewish people had rejected Him who was the antitype of all their types, the substance of all their shadows. Israel was divorced from God.” DA 709.
“Suddenly the gloom lifted from the cross, and in clear, trumpetlike tones, that seemed to resound throughout creation, Jesus cried, ‘It is finished.’ ‘Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit.’ A light encircled the cross, and the face of the Saviour shone with a glory like the sun. He then bowed His head upon His breast, and died.” DA 756.
“Christ did not yield up His life till He had accomplished the work which He came to do, and with His parting breath He exclaimed, ‘It is finished.’ The battle had been won.” DA 758.
“The voice that cried from the cross, ‘It is finished’, was heard among the dead. It pierced the walls of sepulchers, and summoned the sleepers to arise. Thus will it be when the voice of Christ shall be heard from heaven.” DA 787.
“The cross of Calvary, while it declares the law immutable, proclaims to the universe that the wages of sin is death. In the Saviour's expiring cry, ‘It is finished’, the death knell of Satan was rung. The great controversy which had been so long in progress was then decided, and the final eradication of evil was made certain.” FLB 361.
“The sun refused to look upon the awful scene. Jesus cried with a loud voice, which struck terror to the hearts of His murderers, ‘It is finished’. Then the veil of the temple was rent from the top to the bottom, the earth shook, and the rocks rent. Great darkness was upon the face of the earth.” EW 177.
“The blood of the innocent had been shed for the guilty. By the life that He gave, man was ransomed from eternal death, and the doom of him who had the power of death was sealed.” Reflecting Christ. 60.
“As He hung on the cross, He could say, "It is finished." The demands of justice were satisfied. The way to the throne of grace was opened for every sinner.” ST. Jul 31. 1901.
“When upon the cross He cried out, ‘It is finished’, He addressed the Father. The compact had been fully carried out. Now He declares: Father, it is finished. I have done Thy will, O My God. I have completed the work of redemption.” DA 834.
“When Christ uttered the cry, "It is finished," he knew that the battle was won.” YI. Jun 21. 1900.
“While the death of Christ appeared to be a hellish triumph over His humanity, it was a victory so full and broad and deep that it encompassed the world. Christ was cut off, but not for Himself. He died the just for the unjust, that He might bring many sons and daughters to God. Though innocent and undeserving of punishment, our Substitute and Surety was brought under the curse and condemnation that should have been ours. He, the perfection of holiness, was arrayed in our defiled garments, that we might be clothed with His glorious righteousness.” ST 12-08-1898.
The Son of God Dies
“The prince of this world had no power to take (Christ’s) life from Him. He had laid it down as a voluntary sacrifice in man’s behalf.” YI 11.18.1897.
“Suddenly the gloom lifted from the cross, and in clear, trumpet-like tones, that seemed to resound throughout creation, Jesus cried, ‘It is finished.’ ‘Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit.’ A light encircled the cross, and the face of the Saviour shone with a glory like the sun. He then bowed His head upon His breast, and died.” DA 756.
“When He (Jesus) closed His eyes in death upon the cross, the soul of Christ did not go at once to heaven, as many believe, or how could His words by true – ‘I am not yet ascended to my Father’? The spirit of Jesus slept in the tomb with His body, and did not wing its way to heaven, there to maintain a separate existence, and to look down upon the mourning disciples embalming the body from which it had taken flight. All that comprised the life and intelligence of Jesus remained with His body in the sepulcher; and when he came forth it was as a whole being; he did not have to summon His spirit from heaven.” 5 BC 1150.
“He who had said, "I lay down my life, that I might take it again," came forth from the grave to life that was in Himself. Humanity died: divinity did not die. In His divinity, Christ possessed the power to break the bonds of death. He declares that He has life in Himself to quicken whom He will.” FLB 51. 1 SM 301.
Divinity cannot die, and Jesus was both human and divine. The man Christ Jesus died on Calvary, the God-man, of that there is no question. However, within Christ was the eternal Spirit which could not die. Humanity died and being brain dead, there was no consciousness. During Christ’s time in the grave, the Spirit was quiescent in His lifeless body. We do not need to be concerned that ‘Christ die not really die’ as some people think. The human-divine Man died on Calvary and unless the Father had sent His message, ‘Arise, Thy Father calls Thee’, Jesus would still be in the tomb today, without any knowledge of the passing of time. His body did not corrupt because there was life in His veins, but He knew nothing.
“It was His human nature that died. Deity did not sink and die, that would be impossible.” 5BC 1113.
“Christ is life itself. He who passed through death to destroy him that had the power of death is the Source of all vitality. There is balm in Gilead, and a Physician there. Christ endured an agonizing death under the most humiliating circumstances that we might have life. He gave up His precious life that He might vanquish death.” FLB 51.
"I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh 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." While as a member of the human family He was mortal, as God He was the fountain of life for the world. He could have withstood the advances of death, and refused to come under its dominion; but voluntarily He laid down His life, that He might bring life and immortality to light.” DA 484.
Christ was both human and divine. He was the God-man -- mortal in His humanity, but immortal in His divinity through the Spirit. Some people try to separate the above statement as part before the Incarnation and part during it, but it all speaks of Christ as a divine-human human being on earth. In His divinity He could have refused to die, but willingly He surrendered His life to His Father and died. It is because Christ is who He is that we have hope.
“Only He who is one with God could say, I have power to lay down My life, and I have power to take it again. In His divinity, Christ possessed the power to break the bonds of death.” DA 785.
“He who died for the sins of the world was to remain in the tomb the allotted time. He was in that stony prison house as a prisoner of divine justice… and His Father only could release Him. A strong guard of mighty angels kept watch over the tomb, and had a hand been raised to remove the body, the flashing forth of their glory would have laid him who ventured powerless on the earth.” 5BC 1114.
“The plan of salvation had been laid before the creation of the earth; . . . yet it was a struggle, even with the King of the universe, to yield up His son to die for the guilty race. . . . Oh, the mystery of redemption! the love of God for a world that did not love Him! . . . Through endless ages immortal minds, seeking to comprehend the mystery of that incomprehensible love, will wonder and adore”. AG 42.
Angels of Heaven Suffered
“The angels who witnessed the humiliation and soul anguish of the Son of God were not permitted to interpose...” PP 154.5.
“The despairing agony of the Son of God was so much greater than his physical pain, that the latter was hardly felt by him. The hosts of Heaven veiled their faces from the fearful sight. They heard his despairing cry, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" they saw the divine Sufferer die beneath the sins of the world.” Present Truth. Feb 4. 1886.
Son fulfils Covenant
“ ‘It is finished’. When Christ spoke these words, He addressed His Father… It was the fulfilment of the covenant made between the Father and the Son before the foundation of the earth was laid…The compact was now being fully consummated.” 5 Bible Commentary 1149.
“Christ bowed His head and died. The compact between Father and Son was fully consummated.” YI. Jun 21. 1900.
“But when the Saviour yielded up His life, and with His expiring breath cried out, ‘It is finished’, then the fulfilment of the plan of redemption was assured. The promise of salvation made to the sinful pair in Eden was ratified. The kingdom of grace, which had before existed by the promise of God, was then established.” AG 19.
Reaction at the cross
“Many who had scoffed and jeered at, and taunted the Son of God were terribly afraid that the shaking earth, the rent and trembling rocks would put an end to their own lives. They hastened away from the scene, beating upon their breasts, stumbling, falling, in awful terror lest the earth should open and swallow them up. The veil of the temple rent so mysteriously, changed the religious ideas of many of the Jewish priests, and a large company changed their faith.” 5BC 1108.
“The Jewish rulers had carried out their purpose of putting the Son of God to death, but they did not feel the sense of victory that they had thought they would after silencing the voice of the great Teacher. Even in the hour of their apparent triumph they were harassed with doubt as to what would next take place.
They dreaded a dead Christ more, a great deal more, than a living Christ. They had a deep conviction that their revenge against Jesus for exposing their hypocrisy would not bring rest to their souls. They had heard the cry, "It is finished," "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit." They had seen the rocks rent, and had felt the mighty earthquake, and they were restless and uneasy. The words spoken by Christ when he was under their cruel power recurred to their minds.” YI. May 2. 1901.
His “triumphant cry, ‘It is finished’, which seemed to resound through the universe, his immediate death, the quaking of the earth and the shivering of the rocks, the opening of the graves and the rending of the vail of the temple. All these remarkable circumstances pressed upon their minds the overpowering evidence that Jesus was the Son of God.” 3SP 177.
“The Roman officers in charge were standing about the cross when Jesus cried out, ‘It is finished’, in a voice of startling power, and then instantly died with that cry of victory upon his lips. They had never before witnessed a death like that upon the cross. It was an unheard-of thing for one to die thus within six hours after crucifixion… such an astonishing event that the Roman officers, experienced in such scenes, marveled greatly; and the centurion who commanded the detachment of soldiers on duty there, immediately declared, Truly this was the Son of God’.” 1 SP 169. Matthew 27:54.
“The shaking of the earth, the rending of the rocks, the darkness spread over the earth, and the loud, strong cry of Jesus, It is finished…The disciples wondered at these singular manifestations; but their hopes were all crushed. They were afraid the Jews would seek to destroy them also. Such hate manifested against the Son of God they thought would not end there. Lonely hours the disciples spent in sorrow, weeping over their disappointment. They expected that he would reign a temporal prince; but their hopes died with Jesus. They doubted in their sorrow and disappointment whether Jesus had not deceived them. His mother was humbled, and even her faith wavered in his being the Messiah.” 1SG 63.
“As the outer gloom settled about the Saviour, many voices exclaimed: The vengeance of heaven is upon Him. The bolts of
God's wrath are hurled at Him, because He claimed to be the Son of God. Many who believed on Him heard His despairing cry. Hope left them. If God had forsaken Jesus, in what could His followers trust?” DA 754.
“The sun refused to look upon the awful scene. Jesus cried with a loud voice, which struck terror to the hearts of His murderers, ‘It is finished’.” EW 177. The darkening of the sun was seen as far away as Rome, recorded by James Usshur in his Annals of World History.
Satan’s character Revealed
“Christ's betrayal, trial, and crucifixion were all planned by the fallen foe. His hatred, carried out in the death of the Son of God, placed Satan where his true diabolical character was revealed to all created intelligences that had not fallen through sin.” 5BC 1149.
“When Christ cried out, ‘It is finished’, all Heaven triumphed. The controversy between Christ and Satan in regard to the execution of the plan of salvation was ended. The spirit of Satan and his works had taken deep root in the affections of the children of men. For Satan to have come into power would have been death to the world. The implacable hatred he felt toward the Son of God was revealed in his manner of treating him while he was in the world.” 3SP 183.
“When Christ cried out, "It is finished," the unfallen worlds were made secure. For them the battle was fought and the victory won. Henceforth Satan had no place in the affections of the universe.” R&H Mar 12. 1901.
“The devil saw that he had overdone himself. Christ by dying accomplished the death of Satan and brought immortality to light.” FW 73.
“Satan was defeated, and knew that his kingdom was lost.” DA 758.
“Therefore rejoice ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them . Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Revelation 12:12.
Father Bows head Satisfied
“When Christ cried, ‘It is finished’, God's unseen hand rent the strong fabric composing the veil of the temple from top to bottom. The way into the holiest of all was made manifest. God bowed His head satisfied. Now His justice and mercy could blend. He could be just, and yet the justifier of all who should believe on
Christ. He looked upon the victim expiring on the cross, and said, ‘It is finished’. The human race shall have another trial’. The redemption price was paid, and Satan fell like lightning from heaven.” MS 111, 1897. 5BC 1150.
Christ’s “death had answered the question whether the Father and the Son had sufficient love for man to exercise self-denial and a spirit of sacrifice.” PP 69.3
Heaven rejoices in Son's Victory
“To the angels and the unfallen worlds the cry, ‘It is finished’, had a deep significance. It was for them as well as for us that the great work of redemption had been accomplished. They with us share the fruits of Christ's victory.” DA 758.
“When on the cross Jesus uttered the cry, ‘It is finished!’ glory and joy thrilled heaven, and discomfiture fell upon the confederacy of evil. After that triumphant cry, the world's Redeemer bowed His head and died and to all appearance the Captain of our salvation was conquered; but by His death He was a conqueror, and He has opened the gates of eternal glory so that all who believe in Him may not perish, but have everlasting life.” R&H. Jan 29. 1895.
“When Christ cried out, It is finished’, the unfallen worlds were made secure. For them the battle was fought and the victory won… The heavenly universe was secured in eternal allegiance.” R&H. Mar 12. 1901.
“The price was paid to purchase the redemption of man, when, in the last soul-struggle, the blessed words were uttered, which seemed to resound through creation, ‘It is finished’.” ST. Aug 28. 1879.
“Well, then, might the angels rejoice as they looked upon the Saviour's cross; for though they did not then understand all, they knew that the destruction of sin and Satan was forever made certain, that the redemption of man was assured, and that the universe was made eternally secure.” DA 764.
“All heaven had united with Jesus, as they heard the fearful words, ‘It is done. It is finished.’ The plan of salvation had been accomplished…” EW 73.
“All heaven triumphed in the Saviour's victory. Satan was defeated, and knew that his kingdom was lost.” DA 758.
“When on the cross Jesus uttered the cry, ‘It is finished!’ glory and joy thrilled heaven, and discomfiture fell upon the confederacy of evil. After that triumphant cry, the world's Redeemer bowed His head and died… but by His death He was a conqueror, and He has opened the gates of eternal glory so that all who believe in Him may not perish, but have everlasting life.” OHC 118.
“As Christ in His expiring agony upon the cross cried out, ‘It is finished’, a shout of triumph rang through every world and heaven itself.” PP 69.70.
Son of God rests in the Tomb
“He who died for the sins of the world was to remain in the tomb the allotted time. He was in that stony prison house as a prisoner of divine justice… and His Father only could release Him. A strong guard of mighty angels kept watch over the tomb, and had a hand been raised to remove the body, the flashing forth of their glory would have laid him who ventured powerless on the earth.” 5BC 1114.
Resurrection of God’s Son
“The earth trembles at his approach, the hosts of darkness flee, and as he (the angel) rolls away the stone, heaven seems to come down to the earth. The soldiers see him removing the stone as he would a pebble, and hear him cry, ‘Son of God, come forth; Thy Father calls Thee’. They see Jesus come forth from the grave, and hear Him proclaim over the rent sepulcher, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life.’ As He comes forth in majesty and glory, the angel host bow low in adoration before the Redeemer, and welcome Him with songs of praise.” DA 779.
”When the voice of the mighty angel was heard at Christ's tomb, saying, ‘Thy Father calls Thee’, the Saviour came forth from the grave by the life that was in Himself. Now was proved the truth of His words, ‘I lay down My life, that I might take it again. . . . I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again’." DA 785.
“Then the angel from heaven, with a voice that caused the earth to quake, cried out, ‘Thou Son of God, Thy Father calls Thee! Come forth.’ Death could hold dominion over Him no longer. Jesus arose from the dead, a triumphant conqueror.” EW 182.
“The resurrection of Christ from the dead was the Father's seal to the mission of Christ. It was a public expression of his entire satisfaction in the atoning work. He accepted the sacrifice that Jesus had made on our behalf. It was everything that God required, perfect and complete.” R&H. Jan 29. 1895.
“On the cross He cried, "It is finished," and bowed His head and died. He descended into the grave; but after three days a mighty angel, clothed with the panoply of heaven, parted the darkness from his track… The angel rolled back the stone from the sepulchre… and Christ came forth from the prison of death, and, over the rent sepulcher of Joseph, proclaimed Himself ‘the resurrection and the life’…When Christ rose from the dead, the victory was proclaimed in triumph by the loftiest order of heavenly intelligence, and joy, inexpressible joy, filled the courts of God.” ST. Mar 26. 1894.
“God was pledged to raise His Son, in whom He was well pleased, to the very highest exaltation as the Redeemer of humanity, and to give Him a name above every name.” ST. Jun 27. 1895.
Did the Father raise Christ or did He raise Himself? Christ knew nothing in the tomb. He needed His Father to release Him from the bonds of death. There are many texts that say the Father raised Jesus from the grave, however, the Father and Son always did a combined work, and so we can be certain the resurrection involved both the Father and the Son. We do not need to be concerned that we have it exactly right, but we need to know that we have a risen Saviour.
Son Ascends to Heaven
“After his resurrection, Christ led the disciples out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands and blessed them. "And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven." R&H. Nov 13. 1913.
“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, which also said, ‘Yes men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11.
“As the disciples gazed sorrowfully toward heaven to catch the last glimpse of their ascending Lord, two angels clothed in white apparel stood by them and said to them, ‘Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven…’ The disciples and the mother of Jesus, who with them had witnessed the ascension of the Son of God, spent the following night in talking over His wonderful acts and the strange and glorious events which had taken place within a short time.” EW 191.
The disciples "returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God." [Luke 24:52, 53.] They were not rejoicing because Jesus had been separated from them and they were left to struggle with the trials and temptations of the world, but because of the angels' assurance that he would come again.” GC88 339.1
“As Christ ascended, His hands outstretched to bless His disciples, a cloud of angels received Him and hid Him from their sight. As the disciples looked with straining eyes for the last glimpse of their ascending Lord, two angels from the rejoicing throng stood by them...” UL 357.
“While their gaze was still riveted upward, voices addressed them which sounded like the music which had just charmed them. They turned, and saw two beings in the form of men; yet their heavenly character was immediately discerned by the disciples, whom they addressed in comforting accents, saying: ‘Ye men of Galilee…’ These angels were of the company that had been waiting in a shining cloud to escort Jesus to His throne; and in sympathy and love for those whom the Saviour had left, they came to remove all uncertainty from their minds, and to give them the assurance that he would come to earth again.” Bible Echo, Aug 1. 1887.
Father and Son Reunited
“There is the throne, and around it the rainbow of promise. There are seraphim and cherubim. The angels circle round Him, but Christ waves them back. He enters into the presence of His Father. He points to His triumph in this antitype of Himself -- the wave sheaf -- those raised with Him, the representatives of the captive dead who shall come forth from their graves when the trump shall sound.
He approaches the Father… Christ says: Father, it is finished. I have done Thy will, O My God. I have completed the work of redemption. If Thy justice is satisfied, ‘I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am’. (John 17: 24). And the voice of God is heard; justice is satisfied; Satan is vanquished… The arms of the Father encircle the Son, and His voice is heard, saying, ‘Let all the angels of God worship him.” (Heb. 1:6). 1SM 306.
“The voice of God is heard proclaiming that justice is satisfied. Satan is vanquished…. Before the heavenly angels and the representatives of unfallen worlds, they are declared justified…. The Father's arms encircle His Son, and the word is given, ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him’.” Heb. 1:6. DA 834.
God's Son given His Rightful Place
“Before the universe has been clearly presented the great sacrifice made by the Father and the Son in man's behalf. The hour has come when Christ occupies his rightful position, and is glorified above principalities and powers and every name that is named.” GC88 671.
“Before the universe has been clearly presented the great sacrifice made by the Father and the Son in man's behalf. The hour has come when Christ occupies His rightful position and is glorified above principalities and powers and every name that is named. It was for the joy that was set before Him--that He might bring many sons unto glory -- that He endured the cross and despised the shame. And inconceivably great as was the sorrow and the shame, yet greater is the joy and the glory.
He looks upon the redeemed, renewed in His own image, every heart bearing the perfect impress of the divine, every face reflecting the likeness of their King. He beholds in them the result of the travail of His soul, and He is satisfied.
Then, in a voice that reaches the assembled multitudes of the righteous and the wicked, He declares: ‘Behold the purchase of My blood! For these I suffered, for these I died, that they might dwell in My presence throughout eternal ages.’ And the song of praise ascends from the white-robed ones about the throne: ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing’.” Revelation 5:12. GC 671.
Heaven with Father and Son
“In that day the redeemed will shine forth in the glory of the Father and the Son. The angels, touching their golden harps, will welcome the King and His trophies of victory.” AG 355.
Christ “came to ‘magnify the law’ and to ‘make it honorable’… Could its claims have been set aside, then the Son of God need not have yielded up his life to atone for its transgression. The death of Christ proves it immutable. And the sacrifice to which infinite love impelled the Father and the Son, that sinners might be redeemed, demonstrates to all the universe… that justice and mercy are the foundation of the law and government of God.” GC88 503.
“All the redeemed saints will see and appreciate as never before the love of the Father and the Son, and songs of praise will burst forth from immortal tongues.” Mar 318.3
“The people of God are privileged to hold open communion with the Father and the Son. ‘Now we see through a glass, darkly’. 1 Cor. 13:12. We behold the image of God reflected, as in a mirror, in the works of nature and in His dealings with men; but then we shall see Him face to face, without a dimming veil between. We shall stand in His presence, and behold the glory of His countenance.” FLB 363.
“Jesus died that the sinner might live. Shame is borne by the Son of the Highest for the sake of poor sinners, that they might be ransomed and crowned with eternal glory…” That I May Know Him 287.
Second Coming of God’s Son
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Thes 4:16.17.
When Christ “comes the second time, divinity is no longer concealed. He comes as One equal with God, as His own beloved Son, Prince of heaven and earth. He is also the Redeemer of His people, the Life-giver. The glory of the Father and the Son are seen to be one.” HP 357.
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality…” 1 Corinthians 15:52.53.
Jesus comes “in the glory of His Father with the Holy angels.” Mar 8:38.
“And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones…” Isaiah 30:30.
“And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Isaiah 25:9.
“The earth mightily shook as the voice of the Son of God called forth the sleeping saints. They responded to the call, and came forth clothed with glorious immortality, crying, Victory! victory! over death and the grave. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Then the living saints, and the resurrected ones, raised their voices in a long, transporting shout of victory… Friends whom death had separated, were united, never more to part.” 1SG 207.
“Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust… and the earth shall cast out the dead.” Isaiah 26:19.
“Amid the reeling of the earth, the flash of lightning, and the roar of thunder, the voice of the Son of God calls forth the sleeping saints. He looks upon the graves of the righteous, then raising his hands to heaven he cries, "Awake, awake, awake, ye that sleep in the dust, and arise!" Throughout the length and breadth of the earth, the dead shall hear that voice; and they that hear shall live. And the whole earth shall ring with the tread of the exceeding great army of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people… And the living righteous and the risen saints unite their voices in a long, glad shout of victory.” GC88 644.
When Moses came from Mount Sinai, “… guilty Israel could not endure the light… How much less can transgressors look upon the Son of God when He shall appear in the glory of the Father…” PP 340.
“In the sin and punishment of those unfaithful men the priests and elders see their own course and their own just doom. And now there rises a cry of mortal agony. Louder than the shout, "Crucify Him, crucify Him," which rang through the streets of Jerusalem, swells the awful, despairing wail, "He is the Son of God! He is the true Messiah!" They seek to flee from the presence of the King of kings. In the deep caverns of the earth, rent asunder by the warring of the elements, they vainly attempt to hide.” GC 643.
“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great man, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; an d said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand.” Revelation 14-17.
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make ware… his name is called The Word of God.. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, and LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 20:11-16.
He will be “clad in the robe of light which He has worn from the days of eternity.” LHU 173. “It is clothing such as angels wear.” SR 21