Jesus Christ

 

 

28. I have my doubts about the death of Jesus because according to a movie I watched on TV it seems that He was killed and that He did not want to die; could you tell me what the Bible says about this matter?

 

 

Well, brother, the Bible says that Jesus Christ was killed by the Jews and that He wanted to die in accordance with the commandment of His Father. For one day Jesus Christ said: “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). As you can see, saying ‘I lay down my life’ and ‘no man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself’, Jesus stated that He wanted to die. Paul confirms this concept when he says to the Philippians: “But [He] made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7-8).

Jesus might have been delivered from the hands of the Jews, and as a result he wouldn’t have died, for when He was arrested in the Gethsemane and Peter intervened in defence of Jesus by drawing his sword and cutting off the ear of the servant of the high priest, Jesus first told him to put his sword in its place, and then he said: “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53) That’s how Jesus might have been delivered by God. However, if He had accepted that deliverance, how then could the prophetic Scriptures have been fulfilled, that He had to be arrested and put to death like an evildoer? Obviously, in order that Jesus might die, it was necessary for Him to be killed (for He could not commit suicide) and thus it was necessary for Him to be hated. And God used the Jews to fulfil His Word, for they hated Him without reason, condemned Him to death and handed Him over to the Gentiles so that they might crucify Him. However, His death was, and will be forever, a substitutionary death to which He became obedient for our sake, in order to save us.

To Him be the glory now and forevermore. Amen.

 

 

 

 

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