“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
One of the oft overlooked aspects of the Passion of the Christ is that all along He was in charge of all the events. It had always been that way from birth. Being pre-existent with God the Father from eternity, He chose the opportune time in history to take on human form. He was never “humbled” by people, but rather humbled Himself so that He could suffer and die for sin. He chose the time and place for that death. It was not to be inNazareth, when the citizens would have thrown Him over the cliff for blasphemy—nor at any other time before it actually happened. He had been telling His disciples what would happen to Him and when it was time, He told Judas to go ahead with his betrayal. Nor was Peter’s denial a surprise to Him, as He told this disciple that he would do what he vowed he would never do. He played Caiaphas and Pilate in such a way as they would have no choice, short of repentance, but to see that He died.
Death on the Passover was His choice as well, to illustrate how He was the fulfillment of the Passover ceremonial law. God’s promise to forgive sin and deliver us from its power and punishment was not empty words. Christ fulfilled that promise when he shed his lifeblood for us. Even while on the cross, He provided for his mother’s care and promised paradise to a robber next to him, while forgiving his tormentors and executioners. Then, to top it all off, He came back to life when He said He would. Nothing that happened was ever beyond his control or authority.
Now why is that good to know? We can’t have much faith in a victim that was unable to manage the events of his life, can we? Plus, knowing that Christ chose everything that happened, not using his authority to rescue Himself, shows the depth of His love in dying for us.
It is important for our confidence today. The kind of social, financial, and political upheaval in our nation today has been cited by historians as precursors to the fall of other nations in the past. Rather than worry and despair over this, we can simply hear the Word of the Lord, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Nothing that happens to His people is ever out of the realm of God’s control or care. We may be challenged and tested to the breaking point, but those who trust and call on him may be confident that He is in charge.
Remember how Christ’s own challenges turned out. He rose from the tomb glorified and victorious never to die again. No matter how bad your life can get, Christ is as much in charge of your circumstances as He was His own. Even if your trials take your life, faith in Him who is the Resurrection and the Life will assure you that too will never die again (John 11:25-26).
Be still, and have a blessed life of resurrection hope. Pastor Tom Konz