Day 38: Willingness
“He poured out His soul to death” (Isaiah 53:12).
“No one takes it [life] from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord” (John 10:18).
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).
“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour…And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (John 12:27, 32).
Jesus’ final cry from the cross was, “Into Your hands I commit My spirit.” It was an indication of how willingly Jesus gave up His life. Isaiah conveys this truth, as well. One commentator said, “The Hebrew word for poured out, found in Isaiah 53:12, means ‘to lay bare,’ it has a strong connotation of defenselessness. Literally it means ‘He exposed His soul to death,’ in the sense that He handed it over; He willingly gave up His life.”
If we were to flip back a couple of pages in Isaiah to 50:5-8, we would read, “I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. I offered my back to those who beat me; my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore I have set my face like flint.” Here it is clear that there is not only a willingness to give His life, but a determination to do so, even in the face of great opposition and provocation.
Hebrews 10:7 says of Jesus (quoting Psalm 40:7), “Here I am—It is written about Me in the scroll — I have come to do Your will, O God.” All throughout the Gospels, Jesus repeats that He is here to do the will of the Father. It wasn’t a declaration of coercion or force, but one of determination and love. Love, because several times Jesus equated obedience to love. It is the essence of His mission here on Earth: to willingly do what Adam failed to do—to lovingly do all the will of God, fully and freely.
• When you tell God you love Him, is there an automatic link in your mind to your willingness to obey Him? If obedience does equate to love, how much love does your obedience display to God?
• How does Jesus’ willingness to do the will of the Father challenge or encourage you?
• What does His willingness mean to you personally when you consider how it has benefited you through salvation?
Lord, Your willingness to do Your Father’s will fills me with so many emotions. I admire and adore You for how eagerly and sacrificially You fulfilled each command and desire of Your Father. But I also find myself ashamed because I cannot claim to love You with the same level of obedience, being all too willing for my own will. Make me more like You willing to do all You desire.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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