Jesus said… “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again”. (John 10:17)

Leslie M John

Jesus said…
“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again”. (John 10:17)

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28)

Lord Jesus cautions those who fear excessively of Satan’s powers and persecutors in this world. The Lord says fear God who has control of our not only physical bodies but of souls as well. Satan cannot touch believers unless God permits to do so.

Satan is the ruler of this evil world and he filled this earth with sin. The devil tempted Lord Jesus in the wilderness enticing Him with worldly wealth and power; but the Lord did not yield to Satan’s temptation. Jesus said to Satan to worship God (Matthew 4:1-11).

Satan knew that Jesus was the Son of God and, therefore, his prime aim was first to ask the Lord to worship him and thereafter murder Him. If Satan knew that the death and resurrection of Jesus would bring salvation to mankind he would never have played a role in the death of Jesus.

Satan was working towards the death of Jesus right from the time when Jesus was born in this world. He played into the mind of Herod to kill infant Jesus, but was not successful. Satan took control of Herod’s mind and asked the wise men to get him information about Jesus. Satan’s plan through Herod was to murder Jesus, but Satan failed there. (Cf. Matthew 2:1-8)

Harboring the evil thoughts of defeating the Lord by asking Him to worship him, the devil tried to have dominion over the Son of God, but that did not happen. Satan made attempts to kill Jesus though Pharisees by encouraging them to kill the Lord by stoning him to death but the Lord escaped from death because His time had not come.

No one could lay hands on the Lord until He voluntarily allowed the aggressors to capture Him when they came with clubs and swords to arrest Him. The Lord said He was in their midst, doing miracles and teaching and preaching the kingdom of God, and yet they did not believe Him, nor were they arrest Him during those days (cf. John 8:59 and John 10:39).

When it was time for Lord Jesus to lay down His life, He laid it down for our sake, and God raised Him to life when it was Lord’s time to rise from the grave. Jesus had the authority over His own life, death and resurrection.

“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 10:18).

It is Jesus who has the authority over our lives, death and resurrection. Satan cannot take our lives nor can hold up in the grave by his authority. Satan is given the power to end the life of a person only under the permission from God. The life span of any person is not controlled by Satan, but it is controlled by God.

Satan had no power to take the life of Jesus because He was sinless. Satan made unlawful attempts to end the life of Jesus and lost his own right to rule over the death. Satan took possession of Judas Iscariot, a disciple of Jesus, and made him to betray Jesus, not surely with the purpose of making provision of salvation to mankind, but to remove him from this earth which would pave way for him to continue to deceive man.

The death of Jesus was prophesied in Isaiah 53 and it pleased the Father to bruise Him for our sake. By the death of Jesus on the Cross for our sake, and by his burial, and by His resurrection without His body getting corrupted, the death was defeated and thus Satan is defeated. This paved the way for mankind to seek salvation through grace by faith in Lord Jesus Christ.

The death could not hold Jesus in the grave but Jesus rose from the dead on the third day. In John 10:17 Jesus emphatically stated that He lays down His life that He might take it again and, therefore, the Father loves him.

“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again”. (John 10:17)

Lord Jesus Christ thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but He took the form of a servant and was made likeness of men. He made himself of no reputation and humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the most wretched death on the Cross.

It is because Jesus, the Son of God, who was manifest in flesh, humbled Himself so much that He was exalted by God. Jesus was given a name that is above every name and every knee shall bow to him. The authority of Jesus is over everything in heaven, everything in earth and everything under earth, and everything in the Seas (Cf. Philippians 2:6-10).