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Who’s In Control?

I don’t like reading about Jesus’s arrest. I feel helpless as I read. Like Peter, I want to interfere and cut off a soldier’s ear in an attempt to save my Savior.

The truth is Jesus didn’t need Peter’s help and He doesn’t need mine. Everything Jesus went through was a part of God’s perfect plan for salvation. In Matthew 26:53, Jesus reassures us of His authority: “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” Judas wasn’t in charge. The soldiers there to arrest Jesus weren’t in charge. Jesus had full control over the circumstances. He didn’t need saving. He was in the process of saving us.

Three words in John 18:6 beautifully capture the essence of Jesus’ authority: “When Jesus said, ‘I am he,’ they drew back and fell to the ground.” By just speaking “I am he,” Jesus shows He is the one in control. Jesus has the authority, but He allows Himself to be arrested to fulfill God’s plan. The result of Jesus’s obedience was far greater than anything Peter had in mind when he came to Jesus’s defense. In submitting to His Father, Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and made a way for us to be reconciled to God.

Reflect:

  • Have you ever accepted Jesus as your savior and allowed Him to take control of the out-of-control parts of your life?
  • What circumstances are you trying to control yourself that you need to give over to the Lord?

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