The Power of Life and Death
Jesse M. Hendley
Turn with me to the Gospel of John, chapter 10, beginning with verse 15, "As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No mantaketh 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."
I want to call your attention to the expressions of Jesus in this particular passage of His laying down His life and then resuming it again; taking His life again. Now taking His life here doesn't mean what we speak of taking life in our expression today. Taking His life again here means to relive. He resumes living again. He laid down His life, that is He died and then He took it again. He had the power to give His life and He had the power to relive, according to the Lord Jesus Christ.
In verse 15 He said, "I laid down my life for the sheep." Jesus died for all of us and when we believe, we become His sheep and members of His fold. He becomes our Shepherd. And He said, "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again." The Father loves Him for coming to this world and dying for people that they might be saved. God loved His Son with a perfect love before He came, a special love.
Then He said, "No man taketh it from me." Jesus wasn't murdered. He wasn't a martyr. He deliberately and willfully, on His own authority and sovereign will, laid down His life that we might live eternally with Him. "No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself." Now this: "I have power (this word is authority) to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment receiv ...
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