“‘Therefore doth My Father love me, because 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. This commandment have I received of My Father.’ ” John 10:17-18 KJV
And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8
He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32
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 do it.
When Jesus spoke to Pilate, Jesus reminded him that Pilate had no power to crucify Him, even though Pilate thought he did as the Roman ruler. When the disciples tried to keep Jesus from being arrested, Jesus reminded them that if He wanted to escape the cross He could call a multitude of angels to come rescue Him.
The One who sent Jesus to the cross was God the Father. This was why 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.
When Jesus died upon the cross He didn’t die as a martyr, He died as a sacrifice for sin. He didn’t die for His sins, for He was without sin. He died to make atonement for us. He died so each person who turns from his or her sin, and believes in Him, could be forgiven.
He gave His life freely, and lovingly. God sent His Son because He loves you. Jesus shed His blood because He loves you. Jesus didn’t die just for the world—He died for you. Do you know how much you are loved?
It was because of love that Jesus…
Took the judgment for your sin upon Himself.
Tasted death so you wouldn’t know the sting of death.
Descended into hell so you could escape its torment.
Rose from the grave so you could know the power of resurrection life.
Listen to the Song “He Is Risen”
The song He Is Risen was written and recorded by Dan Brokke. Dan was the former Sr. Vice President of DaySpring Cards. He is currently serving as president of Bethany International and Bethany College of Missions in Bloomington, MN. Bethany’s mission is to prepare workers from many nations to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to unreached peoples and countries. Workers are currently serving in 66 countries. You can learn more at www.bcom.org
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