It was strange to the Pharisees, yet approved by God. He was the Shepherd that would lay down His life to take it up again, He would die and rise again. Christ’s death on the Cross was part of His plan and purpose. He did it voluntarily, nobody forced Him to do it. It was part and parcel of God’s divine plan.
17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 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.”
Jesus is the true Shepherd that commit Himself to the salvation and care of all His chosen sheep.
Isaiah 40: 9 -11
“ O Zion,
You who bring good tidings,
Get up into the high mountain;
You who bring good tidings,
Lift up your voice with strength,
Lift it up, be not afraid;
Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
10 Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand,
And His arm shall rule for Him;
Behold, His reward is with Him,
And His work before Him.
11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young.”
He commit Himself as the Mediator from eternity:
He was the Father’s obedient servant and God’s elect:
Matthew 3:17 “ And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Laying down of His life was a supreme act of obedience to the Father’s will (Phil 2:5-11):
Philippians 2:9“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.”
He gave His life, He also rose himself from the dead, by which He declared himself the son of God:
Romans 1:4 “declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
He made full satisfaction to the justice of God for His people and rose again for their justification . He entered Heaven as our Forerunner where He intercedes for us forever:
Hebrews 6:20 “where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
Jesus willingly complied to His death on the Cross. It was not taken from Him by force. This was the covenant He had with the Father. Jesus Christ came to this world to redeem His Sheep. To accomplish this great work it was necessary for Him to die. Jesus Christ was not a martyr, or a reformer, or a victim.
Jesus Christ was a divine substitute.
His time of death was appointed.
It took place at an appointed time.
It was for an appointed people.
Isaiah53:10-12 “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul,[b] and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.”
©Ruth Dickson Author UK Christian Author 19.1.16
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