Apostle Grace Lubega
John 10:18 (KJV); 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.
Jesus’ life was not taken from Him, He gave it. The Message version of our theme scripture says that He laid it down of His own free will.
When Christ was confronted by a mob in the garden of Gethsemane, He had the authority to command legions of angels to His rescue (Matthew 26:53). If He had willed it, no man attempting to arrest Him could have laid a finger on Him.
When He was hanging on the cross, the Bible says that He gave up the ghost (Luke 23:46). Even at the point of death, it was Him to determine when He would breathe His last.
Never at any one point was He at the mercy of the sword- and-stave-wielding multitude that arrested Him. He was not at the mercy of His accusers when they laid false charges against Him. He was not at the mercy of the Roman soldiers when they mocked and scourged Him. He was not at the mercy of the Pharisees and Sadducees when they chanted “crucify Him”. He was most definitely not at the mercy of the men that hang Him on the cross.
In all this, He lays a pattern for us. It does not matter how much power a man assumes he possesses, as a child of God, you can never be at his mercy.
Death for the child of God is a choice. It is not a tragedy at the hand of the enemy.
FURTHER STUDY: Luke 23:46, Matthew 26:53
GOLDEN NUGGET: It does not matter how much power a man assumes he possesses, as a child of God, you can never be at his mercy. Death for the child of God is a choice. It is not a tragedy at the hand of the enemy.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You because the power of life and death has been placed in my hands. I can never perish at the hands of the heathen because You have given me the power of choice. My life can never be taken from me without my will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.