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The “I Must” Statements of Christ

October 10th, 2004

( from the Gospel of Luke)


“Those things are dearest to us that have cost us most”


“For I say unto you, that this which is written must
be fulfilled in me, And he was reckoned with transgressors…”

(Luke 22:37, ASV, emphasis mine, RMH)


It would be an understatement, indeed, to say that Jesus lived an amazing life. Not only did he perform wonders (Acts 2:22), he was, himself, a Wonder (see Isaiah 9:6). By reading the gospel accounts, one gets the sense that Jesus lived his life with a great purpose, compelling him on to some glorious goal. The “I
must”statements of the Gospel of Luke are especially of interest to us. They express a grammatical imperative (mei dei from deo – binding, necessary, obligatory). Let us examine the “I must” statements of our Lord from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 9:22; 17:25; 22:37; 24:7; 24:44):

1. Luke 2:49 – “I must be about my Father’s business”
2. Luke 4:43 – “I must preach the kingdom of God”
3. Luke 13:33 – “Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following … ”
4. Luke 19:5 – “… Zacheus, make haste, and come down; for today I
must abide at thy house

In a world of “maybe,” “possibly,” and “perhaps,” it is truly refreshing to be exposed to someone who lived with a sense of “I must.” Yes, before he was bound to the cross, he was bound by “I must.”

-Robert M. Housby

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