Jesus dying on the cross is a well-known fact to both child and adult alike. His death was planned out by the Jewish officials and the high courts. But they didn’t realize that they were just pawns in the heavenly plan that was mapped out from the beginning of time.
Jesus characterizes himself as the good shepherd. “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.” John 10: 11. Being a shepherd was a popular occupation at Jesus’ time. Jesus didn’t say that he was a shepherd; He said he was the good shepherd. He showed how good he was by laying his life down for us, the sheep. To be under the protection of Jesus is the ultimate security and comfort. No security systems or law enforcement officials can truly protect us. If we are in the flock of Jesus, then we have nothing to worry about. But we must be in his flock.
Jesus’ death was not one where his captors had power over him. Jesus willingly gave himself up for our sakes. He had us, the mankind in his mind while he was suffering. He pictured each one of us and what our state would be if he didn’t endure the suffering and the death. We would forever be slaves to sin and our eternity would be spend in hell. He surrendered to the will of his Father. He speaks of his life: “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again…” John 10:18. He has power over death and his victory over death was accomplished when he rose from the grave. He has the power to lay down his life and to take it back. His accusers and those who tortured him foolishly thought that he was defeated and didn’t realize that they were participating in hurting the Son of God Himself. They didn’t realize that He was allowing them to do the torture. Their eyes remained blind; their minds remained dumb. One day, their eyes and minds will open to behold the Son of God in all His glory and then they will realize whom it was that they had hurt.
Let’s trust in our good shepherd who laid down his life for us. Let us be obedient and humble sheep in his flock and always be grateful for the great sacrifice that he did for us.
God bless you.