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Did Jesus See Beyond the Grave?

Did Jesus know He was going to come back to life?  If He did, would that still be considered such a great sacrifice?

Since we don’t have clear answers for this question from the Bible, we can turn to the Spirit of Prophecy with confidence that God has revealed divine wisdom through His prophet Ellen White.

If you read Desire of Ages on the chapter titled, Calvary, you can see that Jesus could not see beyond the tomb.

“Satan with his fierce temptations wrung the heart of Jesus. The Saviour could not see through the portals of the tomb. Hope did not present to Him His coming forth from the grave a conqueror, or tell Him of the Father's acceptance of the sacrifice. He feared that sin was so offensive to God that Their separation was to be eternal. Christ felt the anguish which the sinner will feel when mercy shall no longer plead for the guilty race. It was the sense of sin, bringing the Father's wrath upon Him as man's substitute, that made the cup He drank so bitter, and broke the heart of the Son of God. {DA 753.2}”

My take on Calvary and the tomb is that the heart of Jesus was on us, not Himself. Jesus was not concerned with His own life, but Jesus was totally committed to the mission and purpose of the Father. We all know that the plan of salvation was prepared before the foundation of the world was set.  So the mission and plan of salvation was pre-ordained by the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

And that plan and mission, carried out by the Son, was to restore humanity back to divinity. How? Through the cross. In my humble opinion, that was the sole thought and effort of Jesus Christ leading to the cross.

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