So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons. Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
On Tuesday, we heard Jesus predict that he would be handed over to be crucified two days later, on the Passover. But we also heard how, no matter what the cost, the Jewish religious leaders wanted to avoid arresting Jesus during the Passover feast. They didn't want to anger all the Jewish visitors, who had come to celebrate the Passover, by killing a Jew!
Today we are reminded once again, that Jesus was in control of this entire process! He wasn't arrested on anyone’s timetable but his own. He wasn't arrested because the religious leaders had formulated a master plan. He wasn't arrested by shear force. In fact, even the detachment of soldiers sent to arrest him, couldn’t touch him unless he allowed it! Jesus went willingly!
There was a reason he came to this earth. He came to redeem his lost creation! He came to win forgiveness for all the times we’ve complained about our workload instead of undertaking it joyfully. He willingly came to accomplish his task, so he could forgive us for all the times we haven’t!
Looking forward to joining you in witnessing our Savior’s incredible love this week!