April 24, 2011
John 10:18, Page 1676
“I Lay Down My Life So That
I May Take It Again”
Did Jesus Know He Was about To Die?
I was talking to my a friend of mine recently at the beach. He asked me a simple question: “Did Jesus know that He was about to die?” I am sure that many people have this same question. What did Jesus know, and when did He know it.
The Father’s Love for Jesus. Jesus knew about the love that His Father had for Him, and lived in that love every day. A friend of mine told me about his grandson, and how that child’s father never provided child support, sent cards or letters, and never remembered birthdays. Jesus enjoyed a very different relationship with His heavenly Father. Jesus said: “the Father knows Me and I know the Father . . . ” (John 10:15, page 1675). Jesus also said in the same passage that the Father loved Jesus because Jesus laid down His life so that He may take it again. Jesus not only knew about His impending death, but He understood why He was going to die, and He was fully in charge of His death.
I Lay Down My Life. Jesus said quite specifically that He had control over His death when He used the words: “I lay down my life . . .” (John 10:17, pages 1676-1677). Jesus made His authority very plain in the next verse: “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on my own initiative” (John 10:18, page 1676).
I Have Authority To Take It Up Again. Jesus proclaimed that He laid down His life so that He may take it again (John 10:17, pages 1675-1676). With these simple words, we see the omnipotence of God in Christ Jesus demonstrating absolute power over both life and death. The resurrection of Jesus Christ fulfilled these bold words. Indeed, the empty tomb furnished proof to all men that Jesus had been raised from the dead (Acts 17:31, page 1735). It was impossible for death to hold Jesus in its power (Acts 2:24, page 1702). Jesus had the power over death to resurrect whomever He chose, at any time (Mark 5:41, page 1567; John 11:43, page 1679; Luke 7:14, page 1609). Jesus not only knew about the death He would suffer, but He described it in detail beforehand.
He Will Rise Three Days Later. Jesus often referred to Himself as the Son of Man. In Mark 9:31, page 1576, He referred to prophesied about Himself: “the Sone of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later” (see also Luke 9:44, page 1617; Matthew 17:22-23, page 1532; Mark 10:34, page 1578; Luke 18:33, page 1637). Jesus knew that He would die, and that He had the power to take up His life again three days later.
So we learn more about the resurrection of Jesus today.
● Jesus lived, knowing that He would lay down His life to save men from their sins. Jesus died, knowing that He would take His life again, and live among His redeemed, and resurrect them at the last trump, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52, page 1802).
● When we meditate upon the resurrection of Christ, we rejoice with great joy that Jesus loved me enough to die for me, and to take His life again to live forever in a resurrection body. He has always had all power over life and death, and removed the power of death from my life by His blood (Hebrews 2:14-15, page 1871).
● Resurrection Sunday should always leave us thinking about Jesus, worshipping Him, and rejoicing in His power and love.
Application for Today
Today I will praise and worship Jesus the Nazarene, the Christ of God. He laid down His live because He loved me, and took His life again so we could be together in love for eternity. I see Him living in triumph over death, as the eternal Prince of Life. Do you believe in His power over death today?