This is why the Father loves Me, because I am laying down My life so I may take it up again.John 10:17(HCSB)
Christ laid down His life as the one and only compulsory sin-offering that was required to appease the wrath of a holy and righteous God - but Christ also laid down his life as a free-will offering - a burnt-offering - a voluntary sacrifice - a sweet savour to the Lord, and this is why the Father loves Him - this is why Jesus Christ is the beloved Son of the Father.
His voluntary death was succeeded by His glorious resurrection. His death was required to pay the price for the sin of the world, but Death has no claim on a perfect life and so death had no hold on the perfect Lamb of Christ.
When the Lord Jesus cried, It is finished He had paid the price for the sin of the world and so He voluntarily breathed His last breath and gave up the ghost. He voluntarily remained in the grave for three days in order to fulfil Scripture but on the third day He voluntarily took up His life again.... as a Man - a glorified Man - the Saviour of all who would believe on His name.
All authority in heaven and earth is given to Christ the perfect MAN, and by His own authority He lay down His life so that He took it up again/ This is why the Father loves Him. And we are in Christ and part of His body.
OH the depth of the riches of the glory and grace of God - how unsearchable is His grace and wisdom.
Thank You Father that Your eternal Son came to earth as a perfect Man and voluntarily gave His life to pay the price for my sins and that He took up His life once again so that I may have newness of life in Him – forever. Praise Your holy name, AMEN.
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