Creation Kills the Creator
Daily Reading: Today’s bible reading is Luke 23. I encourage you to take the time to read Luke 23 before reading today’s devotion.
Luke 23 records the death of Jesus and the events leading up to it. As you prepare your heart to worship Jesus this week on Resurrection Sunday, I encourage you to take the time to carefully read this chapter. You may even consider reading some of the other accounts of Jesus’ death. These can be found in Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, and John 18-19.
As we read these historical accounts of Jesus’ death, it is possible to begin to think that the crucifixion of our Lord is something that “happened to him.” Like a tragic car accident happens to a young driver. Or, like the death penalty happens to a convict on death row. I want us to note one small verse in Luke 23 that helps us see the majesty and meekness of our Lord. Luke 23:46 says, “Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. (ESV)” He does not say, “Into your hands these evil men send my spirit.” Or, “by the hands of evil men my spirit is committed to you.” In a tightly woven mix of majesty and meekness, Jesus gives his own life over to the Father.
I’m reminded of two passages as we consider Jesus’ willingness to go to the cross. First, in John 10, Jesus makes it clear that he is the one laying down his life:
 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep… For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may 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 I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
John 10:11& 17-18 (ESV)
Who could take the life of our Lord? No one. He must give it, and because of the great love with which he loved us, he did. This brings us to the second passage that brings us great wonder as we consider our Lord giving himself up for us. Just how does the creation kill the creator? In other words, how can a man, created by God, kill God? I cannot begin to explain how God allowed such a sacrifice, but I do want us to consider the wonder of Colossians 1 applied to Christ’s death.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:16-17 (ESV)
Speaking of Jesus, Paul tells us in Colossians that Jesus not only created all things, but that “in him all things hold together.” Consider this wonder: Jesus was keeping the Roman soldier’s heart beating as he whipped him. Jesus was providing the air to the lungs that shouted, “Crucify him!” Jesus kept the animal alive who’s hide was made into the whip that bit his flesh. Jesus held the iron together that was pounded into a spike and driven into his hands and feet. He holds all things together.
This is the wonder of Jesus. It is a never ceasing wonder. How could one who calms a storm with his voice also let children sit on his lap? How can the one who raises the dead sit and enjoy a meal with sinners? How could the one who holds all things together be killed? What a mystery. But he was killed, or rather, he did lay down his life for his sheep. We are the beneficiaries of his great sacrifice.
Be amazed this morning at the power of Christ. Be in awe at his humility. Wonder at the one who gave himself for sinners. Prepare your heart to rejoice in his resurrection this Sunday knowing that your sins were paid for by the King of Kings.
Grace & Peace.