Wednesday, December 29, 2010
"He Denieth None"
I was reading in the bible, and came across this scripture in John 10:17-18, that says, "therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 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." This scripture hit me with a greater force than it had previous. I started to think about how the Savior came willingly to do this for the Father, to show His trust and His love. It started a reflection of my life and how willing I was to do things for the Lord, and I came to this result; Our willingness to do what God asks of us, is a measure of our love for Him.
That pulled my mind to even greater reflection and remembrance; God willingly gave His Son, and watched him suffer all pains, stand rejection, and be mocked. God withheld all power to save His Only Begotten Son of these troubles to give me the opportunity to return to his presence. How convenient was it for the Father to watch his Son suffer? How convenient was it for the Savior to suffer, bleed, and die for my mistakes, sins, and rebellion? These questions came to my mind quickly as I thought of times I had placed things aside that God has commanded me to do, because they weren't always convenient. I wondered how much love the Savior had to have for not only me, but for my family and friends and even those I don't know, to lay down his life so that we may return to our Father in Heaven.