Control and the Will of God


We often believe we have control when we have little influence.  It would be better to inquire of God regarding his plan and purpose and ways so that we can align ourselves with him.  We learn this lesson today in the life of Pilate as he decides Jesus’ fate…

1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”

7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.”
John 19:1-11

The whole time that Jesus was in custody and suffering through his trials, he was not under the control and power of religious leaders and Romans.  He was under the power of God.  Pilate says, “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

And Jesus clarifies for all time who was in control: “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.”  God the Father’s will was for this to happen.  This was the cup Jesus prayed would pass so that he didn’t have to drink of it.

He knew that this would be the most painful and lonely time of his incarnation.  Yet he was willing to endure it for us and the joy set before him.  The idea that we could be reconciled to his Father through his sacrifice propelled him forward. It was not, however, in the hands of Pilate.

We often believe that we have control over things for which we have little influence.  It would be better for us to spend more time inquiring of God regarding his plan and purpose and ways so that we can align ourselves with him.

Nothing was going to stop Jesus from being crucified.

What things do we fight in human effort to cause or prevent which God might have a higher plan?  I never want to be on the opposite side of God’s will.  Which means I need to humbly approach him to seek his will and not my own.

Abandon my power, my will, my ingenuity, in favour of asking God, ‘how may I serve you?’

Imagine the Pilate conversation if he had recognized Jesus’ authority.  It would have been, “Lord, I see that you are doing something here which is unimaginable and I don’t understand.  Yet I see that this is ordained of God and I am of no significance in my authority.  How might I glorify you and honour you in your sacrifice?”

Alas, in Jesus’ life, it was not to be like that.  He was abandoned and lifted up as the hated one. All for me.  With no help from anyone.  His work is his gift.  A gift of God for humanity…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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