COLUMNS

It was His doing, not theirs

Doug Boock

To many of those in charge of crucifying Jesus, His death must have seemed a victory.

How wrong they were!

Jesus hung on the cross for six excruciating hours. Then, John 19:30 says, He said, “‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” By doing so, He lets us know His death was His doing, not others’.

The words “It is finished!” tell us Jesus was declaring that the job He was sent to do - die for sinners - was complete.

The words “He gave up His spirit” show He wasn’t the poor victim of bad people. They didn’t take His life. He voluntarily gave it up.

In John 10:17-18, Jesus says “I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes 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.”

The point is this: we die because we have to; Jesus died because He chose to - to give eternal life to those who receive Him. There’s no other religion known to man where such an offer is made.

And although those who crucified Jesus may have felt they won that battle, the Bible tells otherwise.

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“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:5,7)