He Went Willingly and Peacefully

By on March 30, 2013

By Carol Doyel –

I often think about how Jesus remained silent while being accused and mocked by the crowds. I have a difficult time in my humanness imaging what it must have been like for our King to keep silent when I myself have little restraint from trying to vindicate or justify myself when I feel I am unfairly accused or misunderstood.

As I watched the scenes in the movie The Passion of The Christ that portrayed Jesus being tried and sentenced to death, and as He made his way along the road “bearing the cross” that led to his crucifixion, I found it overwhelming – That He did not defend his actions, or make it clear that what they were about to do would become the greatest injustice known to man. Accused, convicted, and sentenced to death – The Prince of Peace, the Lover or our Souls, our Almighty Savior, unfathomable, yet Jesus did not open His mouth when He was detained and led away by the Sanhedrins as prophesied by Isaiah in the Old Testament.

Isaiah 53:7

“He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.”

How could He have remained silent?  How could He have remained so calm in the face of such evil and injustice? The answer lies in the events that took place before Jesus willingly laid down His life, as He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane when the unveiling of the Father’s divine plan for the redemption of man was fully revealed to Jesus.

It is there in the garden that He came to fully understand the fulfillment of the will of the Father and the miraculous plan for mankind’s escape from the wages of sin. As Jesus prayed for the Father’s will to be done above His own will, he was strengthened by an angel in preparation for the ultimate act of sacrifice. Jesus came to the full revelation because He surrendered His will to the Father.  I believe Jesus did so out of intimacy with the Father, by abiding in the Father He was able to love us as the Father loved Him.

John 15:13

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

He laid down his life willingly because He loved us.  His act of sacrifice was done out of Love – For you and for me.  As you watch the video below of the scene from The Passion of the Christ of The Last Supper may you “remember” Him today and know that what He did was done because He loves YOU with an everlasting love!

The Last Supper – Communion Video

 

Carol Doyel is Editor-in-Chief and Founder of LivingBetterat50.com. She is a graduate of The Full Gospel Bible Institute and has a passion for women’s ministries, issues and lives. She and her husband of 25 years have three grown kids and two grandchildren. They spilt their time between Sisters Oregon and where ever her husband’s work may take them, which currently is Alameda CA. Her desire is to inspire other women to live better physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

About Carol Doyel

Carol Doyel is Editor-in-Chief and Founder of LivingBetter50.com. She is a graduate of The Full Gospel Bible Institute and has a passion for women’s ministries, issues and lives. She and her husband of nearly 30 years have three grown kids and four grandchildren. They currently reside in southern California. Her desire is to inspire women to live better physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

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He Went Willingly and Peacefully