John 10:18 reads, “ 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.”
Christ allowing himself to be wickedly scourged, beaten, humiliated and eventually cruelly and excruciatingly killed WAS NOT A VICTIM! Even while he permitted, nay decreed, his own awful sufferings he sovereignly was in charge of his murderers, enabling them to act wholly responsibly in their wickedness, out of their own malice to put him to death.
Christ was the ONLY MAN EVER to decide the moment of his death as he dismissed his spirit (Luke 23:46).
Christ was the ONLY MAN EVER to raise himself from the dead and take his life again, by omnipotent death-defying power invested in him eternally by his father.
Christ was, and is, the ONLY MAN EVER to possess eternal life in himself, the power of an endless life and the love of the Father (Heb.7:16).
Christ was, and is, the ONLY MAN EVER to be given sovereign judgment over all other men (John 5:22).
Christ was, and is, the ONLY MAN EVER to have power to cast all who despise him into everlasting hell.
Who is CHRIST to you?
An irrelevance, someone who died and whose body disappeared 2000 years ago, just a good man or example?
Or as he is in truth—the ever-living LORD of the universe and your rightful LORD, SAVIOUR, MASTER and FRIEND?
“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psalm 2:12).