One thing about us that is very different from Jesus is that we have the gospels before us and we look back to what happened, we go from reality to picture, from essence to story, from substance to shadow, and from truth to symbol. We, so to speak, have the finished article in our hands and we consider the times and processes.
Jesus always had to look forward. He had to recognize in the ancient writings, the poetry and the pictures that described Him. His mind had to penetrate the veils of prophecy, the types, the symbols, the hidden meanings, and come through them with clarity and transparency. The conviction of the coming necessity of the cross had to become so much his that He could see the cross as the Father’s will. His obedience to the will of the Father so dominated His life that His whole concept of mission became predominately a plan to follow the Father’s will. The prevailing element of His teaching was to persuade His followers to realize this truth. He had to fully convince His disciples that what He was to do, or rather what was to be done to Him, would have far greater power than anything He came to say.
This has not changed for us as today’s disciples.
“If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.” Jesus