JESUS' POWER TO LAY DOWN HIS LIFE---RESUME IT AGAIN
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 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."
I want to call your attention to the expression of.
Jesus in this particular passage of His laying down
His life and then resuming it again; taking His life
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 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
into this world and dying for people that they might
be saved. God loved His Son with a perfect love before
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 received I of my Father." God
ordered His Son ...
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