Was Jesus’ life taken from him? Is Jesus some tragic figure in history who lost his life unexpectedly? I suggest to you that the answer is no. The Bible makes it crystal clear that Jesus did not lose his life. Jesus laid down his life.
Jesus says in John 10:17ff:
“For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.”
You see, no one took Jesus’ life. Jesus laid his life down willingly. Just like a sheep being lead to the slaughter Jesus was silent before his shearers. He did not open his mouth (see Isaiah 53). You see, the cross is the very reason why Jesus came. The cross was the center of God’s will for Jesus. The cross wasn’t an unexpected tragedy, but God’s plan before the foundations of the earth.
As we enter into the week in which we remember Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, we must remember that the cross is the glorious epicenter of the mission of God. Jesus is not some tragic, pacifist, martyr that historians make him out to be. Jesus is the son of God, the suffering servant, and the passover lamb. Jesus willingly went to the cross. He laid down his life absorbing the wrath due your sin and my sin so that we might be forgiven and given new life.
This week and this easter, reflect on the wonders of God’s love for you in the crucifixion of his son, Jesus Christ.