Please enjoy our last guest post in the Dying to Live series by my dear, sweet husband who write periodically at That None May Boast.
Jesus knew that His Father’s will called for Him to lay down His life in order to pay the price for our sin. He knew all along that Golgotha and the cross awaited. He knew when He would die, He knew how He would die, and He knew why He must die. It is easy for us to just dismiss Jesus willingness to die due to Him being fully God, but I think that would miss what He has shown to us. If we dismiss the truth that Jesus embodied and lived by then we will often not walk in that same truth for our own lives. We see hints all throughout His life like bread crumbs left along a path, but no clearer than in the very moment of His death.
“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three, because the sun’s light failed. The curtain of the sanctuary was split down the middle. And Jesus called out with aloud voice, ‘Father, into Your hands I entrust My sprit.’ Saying this He breathed His last.” Luke 23:44-46
We see Jesus trust of His Father. Jesus relationship with His Father, the oneness He shared with Him, the love He had for Him, and the fullness of trust in Him enabled Jesus to face the scariest and most torturous death any man has ever faced. It enabled Him to willingly submit to His Father’s will and carry out God’s will for His life with perfect completion. He died to death as the only man who could have avoided it. The one man who could have avoided it, lays down His life willingly. And there it is right in this passage, “For this reason…the Father loves me…” Jesus dying to death was rooted in His love and oneness with His Father. He knew that death would not hold Him and that He would be seated with His Father again in Heaven.
“For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” John 10:17-18
We have the same hope! We should not be afraid to die. Our love for the Lord and relationship with Him should be greater than anything in this life. Paul says to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ. He speaks of death no longer having victory or sting as a result of death being swallowed up in the victory of Christ.
“When this corruptible is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: death has been swallowed up in victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting? Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
Dying to death is really just living for Christ. When we surrender our lives to Christ we too die to death and find the freedom to live life the way that Christ was free to live His.
“He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39
This is day 30 of the 31 days of Dying to Live.
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The post Dying to Death first appeared here at Faith Steps.