Thank You Lord for the wonderful gift of moisture You sent in those white fluffy snowflakes; they piled up and made artifacts out of common objects. So pretty. (Sorry to all the folks that were inconvenienced, truly; I have always loved the miracle of snow. God is so good. He has many ways of watering the earth, this just happens to be one of my favs! Easter is just days away now; and in Jesus time, He was busy preparing His disciples for what was going to happen. Even on that fateful eve when Jesus received the Judas kiss, the Shepherd made sure all His friends were safe from the soldiers, especially Peter, who drew his sword against the attackers. Only then did Jesus go with His attackers.
Why so willingly? [Quote from BSF study on John 18] It was the whole purpose of His earthly life. Jesus came to earth to bind His loved ones to Himself and to His Father with cords of love. It cost Him His life, untold sufferings and humiliation to deliver His people [that’s us] from the power of evil and give them/us eternal life.
While Jesus was taken, bound as a criminal from one trial to another, it is impressive that He kept control with dignity and integrity showing it was His will. He countered Annas’ illegal questions with truth and the same with Caiaphas. Jesus allowed all the beatings and humiliations to be heaped upon Him for you and me. The scourging He took for us was awful. Here is a description:
Mark 15:15 I.e. whipped with a short whip of metal-tipped leather thongs. There was no limit to the number of lashings. Frequently, the body was so lacerated that the intestines gushed out. It was not uncommon for a prisoner to die from scourging.
Jesus was willing and determined to free us from evil’s hold. Our sin nature had to be replaced with a righteous nature if we were to live in eternity with Jesus and the Father. God loved us so much that he was willing to submit His totally innocent self to this painful torture and degradation.
Now it’s up to us. If we choose to welcome Jesus as Son of God, Savior; and we repent of our sins accepting Him as Lord of our lives, it causes a paradigm shift to occur. We have a new birth, become new creations with God’s nature of blameless honor and integrity. Sin is washed away, and if we do make a mistake, the sin is gone as soon as we repent.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].
As we live under Holy Spirit presence, we learn to live as Jesus lived; He is our model. Our behavior becomes a willingness to submit our will to God’s love. We are new creations! And joy abounds!