DayBreaks for 04/29/12 – The One Who Calls the Shots
Matthew 26:1-5 (NLT) – When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” 3 At that same time the leading priests and elders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest, 4 plotting how to capture Jesus secretly and kill him. 5 “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”
Sometimes the bible is full of such irony! Obviously, Jesus was very soon to be crucified. The chief priests and scribes were behind the plotting to kill Jesus. It had been on their mind for some time and they were scheming in secret as to how they could eliminate him. As badly as they wanted him dead, they concluded that this was not the time, not during Passover, because it could lead to riots, and if there was one thing that the Romans would not tolerate, it was riotous rebellion.
What is so ironic about this statement is that they believed they were in control of the times and events that were unfolding. They were resolved to kill him, but not now. I wonder when they did plan to kill him? How long would they have waited after Passover? We don’t know.
But what is interesting in this passage is the very clear testimony as to who was in charge. While Jesus’ enemies thought they were in charge, in control, it was God who was calling the shots. And, as God has foreordained, the Lamb was killed on the Passover. It was decreed by God and foreshadowed by the original Passover…that the blood of the Lamb was to be spilled on that day.
We all make plans. We all struggle if we feel as if we don’t have a plan and fear that we are losing control. You may feel like life has it in for you, that you can’t get a break. You may feel that your boss or co-workers are taking advantage of you. While it may seem almost impossible to believe, Scripture says that God has a plan for your life and He will see it through. It isn’t your boss, neighbor, co-worker, your spouse, or even you who is in charge of your life. God is. And in spite of our efforts to control the times and events of our lives, God’s plan for you will not be derailed.
PRAYER: Lord, it is often hard for us to believe that Your plan for us is really the best or even that it is good! Often, Your plan seems confusing and painful. Let us trust in Your character, and Your promise, that Your plan for us to for good and to give us life and a future! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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