Holy, Holy, Holy!

John 10:17-18.

Therefore doth my Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.

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.

John 10:17-18 Daily Verse — Steemit

Continuing in His comparison of Himself to a good shepherd, Jesus restates His earlier claims of His complete submission to the Father. He said that the Father loved Him for His obedience. He would lay down His life; He would take it up again.

No one took His life. He gave it up when His work was done. This, to me, is one of the most amazing things about Jesus.

He did not lose His life. His life was not taken from Him against His will. He chose to suffer the indignities heaped upon Him before the cross. He chose to carry the cross until His human strength gave out. He did not have to be forced, kicking and screaming, to stretch His body on the cross. He knew what He had come to do. He did it willingly, in obedience to the Father.

He chose the shame of the cross; He accepted the suffering. The cross was the ultimate degradation, and the Romans made it as miserable as possible. Jesus did not fight against it. He endured the inhumanity, the shame, the public exposure, all in obedience to the Father. As He bore the awful load of the sin of mankind, His only concern was that the Father could not look on sin, and had to turn His face away. In that moment, Jesus felt forsaken. So close was He to the will of the Father, that the Father’s absence was the most terrible thing He suffered that day.

When His work was complete, He said the last words from the cross: “It is finished.” And then He gave up His life. Gave it willingly, trusting the Father completely, knowing He had fulfilled the work that the Father had sent Him to do.

So many thoughts are competing for space in my head right now, but the one I’ll end with today is that God, the Father, in His absolute holiness, could not look on His Son when He became sin for us.

In this tumultuous world, in which so much evil is accepted as good and right, we have lost our sense of God’s holiness. So far have we come from understanding the meaning of the word itself that we use it loosely and without real meaning. Phrases such as “holy crap” come to mind. That phrase, of course, is an oxymoron. There is nothing holy about feces.

Defined, holy means sacred, consecrated, sanctified, holy, hallowed. To be sanctified is to be set apart for a specific purpose, ordained of God. It is purity. It turns from that which is evil, or defiled, or blasphemous, or profane. It is a word no believer should use carelessly, because holiness is the primary attribute of God.

Let’s end on a good note today:

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