Today is a commemartion of Jesus death and the words He left with disciples concerning His rising.
John 10:17 -18 Jesus says,
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
Jesus lets all know that the Father loves Him, because He is compliant to follow the plan given to die to self. That’s right dies to self. For what other reason would Jesus demonstrate the cross other than God the Father sending Him to show man? I mean Jesus was flawless, God incarnate. So God the Father suited Himself in the body of Jesus to show us all we have the ability to make the journey were on when we decide that dying to all self -ish thoughts and motivations are needed. He then shows us in verse John 10:18 Jesus lets us know that we are given free will to choose to lay it down our lives and free will to take it up (authority).
Praise God for this truth that sets us free. We understand the power of choice and the power to follow Christ to the cross means we are letting go of old things letting them pass away with suffering and pain that connotates the mark of new birthing and new beginnings!