It Was Not For Him But Us


When it comes to spiritual matters, the phrase It Was Not For Him But Us has many applications. Perhaps, the greatest of those would be the crucifixion. As the text tells us in Mark 15, Pilate exclaims “Why, what evil has He done?” Pilate, whom the Jews brought Jesus to judge and convict, could not find any wrongs that Jesus had committed. Despite that, the people still shouted “Crucify Him!” The fact Jesus is God and committed no sin is pervasive in the scriptures; however, in Mark 8, we peer into why It Was Not For Him But Us. Jesus said, “31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.”

Mark continues to reveal why we can confidently say about Jesus that It Was Not For Him But Us.

Mark 16

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

From 1 Corinthians 15, we know that Jesus not only died but rose from the grave to be the first fruit of those who have fallen asleep. Jesus did not rise from the grave for himself, It Was Not For Him But Us that Jesus arose from the grave. We were powerless at the grave. The two Maries wondered who would roll the stone away for them as they went to anoit Jesus’ body. Like us, they did not realize that God had already taken care of that for them. In the text above, we know that the stone was rolled away from the tomb for Mary and Mary and the rest of the followers of Jesus. In regards to the stone, It Was Not For Him But Us. Jesus did not need the stone to be rolled away to allow Himself out of the tomb. Being God, He had the ability to pass through any material, including rock, that He desired. Again, It Was Not For Him But Us that Jesus had the stone moved away. He wanted to show Mary, Mary, then Peter and John that He was not in the grave, but had risen just as He told them He would. In fulfilling prophecy, It Was Not For Him But Us, so we could believe.  In John 10, Jesus told the Pharisees “11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” He went on to say “17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.18 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 did not die for Himself. He died for us who believe. It Was Not For Him But Us.

As a husband or parent, I can slightly attest to the notion that one gives himself sacrificially for the good of one he loves. Many of us have heard John’s testimony of It Was Not For Him But Us. John shares what Jesus said, “14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3

It Was Not For Him But Us. Will you ignore Jesus’ sacrificial death for the payment of our sins and the power of His blood to cleanse us? Remember that “18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3

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