he gave it.
The religious leaders created elaborate plots to take Jesus’ life.
But they didn’t succeed. Because he willingly gave it.
He went to the garden where he knew he would be arrested. He offered no resistance and permitted no violence. After ‘he gave up his spirit’, John tells us the earth shook, the curtain in the temple tore in half and bodies of holy people who had died were raised to life.
All of creation reacted when their creator gave up his life here on earth.
The religious leaders tried very hard to snuff out the Light of the World.
But they accomplished just the opposite.
They played right into God’s plans to redeem the world.
They helped make Jesus famous. Before his crucifixion, he was known as a unusually knowledgeable carpenter who healed people.
After this death and resurrection, his identity as the Messiah spread throughout the world and we’re talking about him today… every day.
They didn’t take his life – he gave it. For us.
For God so loved the world.
Thank you, Abba Father.