Joh 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Joh 10:18 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.
It sounds funny to hear that Jesus thinks the Father loves Him, for we all know that God loves everybody. I think He means that God loves Him extra for the good work He is doing. Making the great sacrifice He did, doing the new thing by His death on the cross. God loves Him more for being so obedient to HIM, maybe even more than all of us.
I made this point one other time in a message that Jesus gave His life of His own free will to pay for the sins of many, or the whole world. Not just of those who believe but the whole world. If you believe this and ask for forgiveness you get forgiveness. You get to be a Christian when you give your life to God as a follower of Christ. But to believe that Jesus is the forgiver of sins is what we are talking about, by His death on the cross. It’s a package deal you can’t have forgiveness and not be a follower. You say that Jesus is the Son of God and died for your sins to forgive us and knowing this you would naturally want to follow Him. It would be such a relief from our guilt and He being responsible would be your God. So Jesus gave His life after He said ‘it is finished’. He left His body and went to paradise and he had another itinerary but that’s another story.
Jesus said I have authority to lay down my life and take it up again. The father gave Him this authority which he had, to do whatever He did. In fact we need Gods authority to do whatever we want to do or it won’t happen. Jesus had a special calling to lay down His life and to rise again. But most of us will not do that on our own, not until God is ready.
God said you can do nothing without me. He said I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. He said, ’I can’t do the things I wish because of my flesh’.
There are many things we want to do but can’t because we are not able, our flesh stops us. But the things that God wants us to do, that He gives us authority to do we can, if we are in Christ ourselves and have His Holy Spirit. We can’t be in Him without His help and forgiveness. We won’t even know His will without believing the Bible. But if we need Him enough to be a Christian, He will help us and strengthen us to make that great proclamation or declaration to God that we want Him for our Savior. If we want Him to forgive us our sins, he will strengthen us for such a task, because it is His will that all get saved.
There are things that God will let us do in the strength of our flesh- we are able to sin in the depth of our soul. Sometimes it will lead us to Christ. Anything God would want us to do as Christians, we can do. Where God calls He empowers. Many things have been done by man you might say good things: buildings, bridges, armament, space exploration, royal families, nations, wars, civilizations, empires, but they have been done in the strength of mans flesh. Some were the will of God that shaped the world.
Do they compare to God’s work? These things God does: the rebuilding of lives, God’s church that the gates of hell won’t prevail against; the Bible, the way, the way to heaven and heaven itself- being built by God. The New Jerusalem which is a city 1500 miles tall, wide and deep is one of God’s best works. It’s coming.
There are things I want to do but can’t. There are things I don’t want to do but do them. Sometimes I hate, ‘and you know that no murderer has eternal life flowing in himself’, while he is unrepented. You can separate yourself from God and have no life but the life of your flesh. Money won’t give you life only things; drugs and alcohol won’t give life, only a trip. Any of man’s pursuits will only give you a temporary high. Only Jesus has the words of eternal life and the authority to give it to whomever He wishes.
Jesus is a servant to the Father like a son. He pleases the Father it has immense satisfaction for Him. I have experienced some of it. It is not perfected in me like it is in Jesus. He is God of course.
Jesus fulfilled His mission after He died. Preached to the captives and then He took up His life again in an immortal body. Like which He will give to His people when he raises them from the grave and those who He raptures, soon hopefully. And when that happens remember that it is not too late to accept Jesus and still go to heaven. He loves you and made a way for all of us to get to heaven. I hope you accept His offer of forgiveness and eternal life.
We only think of God like we learned of people, from other men and women when we were young. Think of Him like a warm, loving, giving Father. He is kind and gentle, supportive and then you will really know Him.