Yesterday, I wrote about God’s will, purpose, and plans, regarding David, and the kingdom of Israel. David had many faithful, valiant men who joined forces to help him defeat his enemies. They made his army strong. God helped David to gain control of the kingdom of Israel.
It is a different story with Jesus:
God’s will for Jesus was that He would die for our sins, and that He would conquer death.
When we read the story of Jesus’s betrayal, and about how His close disciples deserted Him and fled, we would have thought the story was over for Jesus. Again, we see God’s plan and purpose fulfilled, not as our human minds can think or imagine it being fulfilled,–but by God’s design, by His planning, timing, and purpose.
Usually we read this story at Easter, and see it as part of the ‘climax’, just before Jesus’s trial and crucifixion. God’s amazing plan, –how could it involve a close friend who betrayed Jesus, and close friends who ran away? How could it involve the death of His wonderful Son? It did!
Jesus explains when he is being taken by a large crowd that is carrying swords, that He could have called out to God, and He would have sent more than twelve legions of angels at Jesus’s disposal! During the Roman Era, a legion could mean 6,000 troops, or the entire Roman army! Jesus was not defeated. He had the ability to call many fighting angels to His rescue! He willingly gave His life to fulfill God’s plan of salvation for man, –the good news is that Jesus defeated death and hell, and took our sins, so that we could be reconciled to God. Jesus sits at the right hand of God, and is interceding for us even now! Not only that, but He is preparing a place for us!
If you think your life is not going as you planned, maybe it’s because it is going as God planned, so that He can bring about a greater purpose in your life, that maybe you can’t even comprehend right now? Maybe your close friends have abandoned you, and you’ve been betrayed by those you love? God uses even those things for His good purpose.
God’s ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. His purpose and plans will prevail. There is no doubt about it!
Dear God, I am amazed at how You design Your plans and purpose in our lives. We can’t always see the big picture, and to us, things might look dismal and bleak. However, You have a plan in all of this, and the big picture is Your Kingdom, eternity with You, a place where there will be no sorrow, or death, or anything ‘bad’. The big picture is Your forgiveness, love, and mercy. In Your timing, everything will be as You have spoken. Your words will not fail! Thank You! In the Precious Name of my Savior, Jesus, Amen.
Below is the account of Jesus’s betrayal:
Jesus Arrested (Matthew 26)
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[d]
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.