God’s ways are so much higher and bigger than our ways, and His thoughts higher and greater than our thoughts.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice [from the Spirit].
We continue looking at Jesus’ claim to be God in the flesh. In chapter ten, He declares His sovereignty over death,
17 ‘That’s why the father loves me, because I lay down my life, so that I can take it again. 18 Nobody takes it from me; I lay it down of my own accord. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to receive it back again. This is the command I received from my father.’ John 10:17-18
The willingness for Jesus to die for us takes us back to the Garden of Eden when God prophesied to the serpent (Satan), “He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” For Satan, it was a fatal blow at the cross. For Jesus, it “bruised His heel.” In other words, the most that Satan could do to Jesus was to kill the body–and that’s where Satan’s problems started! Jesus descended into hell (Matthew 12:40, Acts 2:31) preached (1 Peter 3:18-20, 4:6), and then led a procession out of hell , unlocking the doors and flinging them wide open (Hebrews 2:14-15), and into His kingdom (Colossians 1:13). It was His plan all along!
Paul, when writing to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:9-10, talks about this amazing plan of Jesus:
9 God saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace. He gave us this grace in King Jesus before all time and ages, 10 but has now made it visible through the appearing of our savior King Jesus, who abolished death and, through the gospel, shone a bright light on life and immortality.
Jesus is the only One who had the authority to abolish death. God’s plan “to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Ephesians 1:10) was in place and working outside of time (before all time and ages). Do we know what that looks like? No! But, we can trust Jesus to accomplish the Father’s will.
Abba, Your plan is mind-boggling. I cannot grasp it. At the same time, Your Spirit continues to reveal bits and pieces of it as I read, study, pray, and talk with other believers. All I can say is, “To God be the glory!” Amen.