-Roy Lessin, Jesus Name Above All Names
Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes 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. This command I have received from My Father. -John 10:17-18 NKJV
Who sent Jesus to the cross? Was it the Jewish leaders? Was it a mob? Was it the Roman government? None of these were powerful enough, influential enough, or persuasive enough to be able to do it. When He spoke to Pilate, Jesus reminded him that he had no power to crucify Him even though Pilate, as the Roman ruler, thought he did. When the disciples tried to keep Jesus from being arrested, He reminded them that if He wanted to escape the cross He could call a multitude of angels to come and rescue Him.
The One who sent Jesus to the cross was God the Father. The cross was the reason God sent His Son into the world. It was the will of Jesus to embrace the Father's will. Jesus said that it was for this reason that He came. It pleased the Father to bruise Him (Isaiah 53:10), and it brought joy to the Son to please the Father. It was in the heart of Jesus to redeem a people who would live for the glory of His Father.
His resurrection is our victory song, our shout of joy, our daily praise, and our eternal hope. Because He lives, we shall live also. He has promised it. He has guaranteed it. He has secured it. Jesus is our life, and heaven is our home.
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