“You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Matthew 26:2 NKJV
By the time Jesus made the statement above, he knew everything about the process of His death. He was aware of the following:
- It was time
- The authorities were getting ready for him
- The people required to play different roles; the woman with the alabaster flask, the owner of the inn, Judas Iscariot, the chief priests, and his disciples
- The reason for his death
Most of this information, he gleaned from scripture, with the help of the Holy Spirit, others he got as He was led by the same Spirit. He did as required and set everything in motion, then got to the decision point, in Gethsemane. He laid his will, pain, and sorrow before the Father three times. Three times, he sought and submitted to the Father for the next phase of his life. He understood the reason, heck he believed in it because the scriptures had to be fulfilled and He was the man, but that didn’t make it easy. After the third time, Jesus stood up, relinquishing all for the cross, even his humanity. He died first before His Father.
Easter reminds us of this time. A time when a man chose the will of the Father over His and brought salvation to mankind. This period also reminds us that He did not die in vain. Everyone who believes in Him will go through this process to ensure that this redemption continues.
How did Jesus do it?
- Wisdom and revelation: The Holy Spirit provided Him with all He required
- A knowledge of who He was and His reason for being
- Love for and an understanding of humanity
- Humility before God: This enabled Him to chose God’s will over His.
- He walked His path alone, but with God.
‘I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. ‘I Corinthians 15:31
Our example of this is Paul. He went through the process as shown by the Holy Spirit, knowing who he was and the reason for the choice God made in him. He laid down his life, so God’s will would be manifest on the earth. Note, death doesn’t necessarily have to be physical, but for us to take part in the resurrection, our humanity has to go, piece by piece, till there’s nothing left.
In this season, may we submit every part of our lives daily to God so that His process of transformation might enable us to live.
God bless you.
Till next time, be transformed!!