“As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:15 )
Jesus knew His mission on earth–redemption (Matthew 1:21, John 10:10) and the fact He was going to shed His precious blood for us. He would have to suffer a lot for man’s redemption. This suffering would culminate in Him giving up every pint of His blood. Was that going to be very easy? NO. (Matthew 26:39)
The knowledge of the above did not scare Jesus. Rather He was fully expectant of the hour to pay the ultimate sacrifice for man’s redemption.
Jesus did not hide His mission from His disciples. On one occasion He told them that as our good shepherd He would lay down His life for us. He was expecting Himself to die like a grain of wheat, to produce a multitude of children into God’s kingdom.
This attitude informed His level of preparation for the D-day. By the time the hour came, He was fully prepared for the price of His glorification. He had to open the eyes (minds) of His disciples to this, again, after His resurrection. (Luke 24:22-28)
B. HIS EXPERIENCE (LUKE 23:26-49)
“And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said,”FATHER, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.”
He who had raised people from the dead, after eventually going through harrowing experiences, had to face death at Golgotha, where He was crucified in a slow, very excruciating and criminal death. This did not move Him because He was already focused on, and prepared for, that day and hour. Your preparation informs your readiness to pay the price for your destiny and glory.
Jesus had to endure spiritual death to save man from spiritual eternal death, despite having never sinned. Imagine His mood when He cried in Mark 15:34).
In the presence of the multitude, He surrendered His spirit, in preparation for the glory that was to come, and was buried among the sinners. Would death escape with this serious blow?
The devil is living in the fool’s paradise. Had he known that he was sealing his destiny, he would not have moved those people to crucify and bury Jesus. It was too late for him. He was only fulfilling his part of bruising the heel of the Messiah (Genesis 3:15).
The Son of God had risen according to prophecy, and with undeniable proof. By the resurrection of Christ, He had finally, ultimately fulfilled the crushing of the devil’s head.
His great resurrection makes Him distinct from other religious leaders. Only Christianity claims an empty tomb.
Have you experienced, and are you experiencing that resurrection power? Jesus came with full expectation. How visionary and prepared are you for what God wants to make you?
The fear of death had been eliminated by the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, for us who believe, we need not be unnecessarily afraid of death.
May our good God of Israel bless you this season.
Be blessed, Pastor Abel Oyewale Abba Father International Fellowship-Nigeria Email: firstname.lastname@example.org PASTOR ABEL OYEWALE P.BOX 120 EDE OSUN STATE NIGERIA.
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