The crucifixion: all according to plan

Today’s Bible readings
In human terms, the scourging and crucifying of Jesus was the greatest miscarriage of justice, ever.  The Jewish leaders would bring false charges against Him, and the Roman official would exact punishment on Him, not because he found Jesus guilty, but because of heavy political pressure.  In human terms, this was out of control. 

But God had not lost control.  Everything goes according to plan, including this.  We see one example of this sovereignty in John 7:

25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill?

26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? – John 7:25-26

So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. – John 7:30

It was the intention of the hearts of wicked and powerful men to arrest Jesus at this point.  But they didn’t.  Why not?  John doesn’t give the horizontal reasons; he only gives the vertical one.  Namely, it wasn’t time.  According to God’s plan, Jesus would indeed be arrested one day, but this wasn’t the day.  And no one could thwart God’s plans or jar His timing.  

This is comforting to us in at least a couple of ways.  First, we’re reminded that nothing surprises God and He knows what He’s doing.  Second, we’re reminded that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit had our salvation planned out from before the beginning.  All of history had been leading up to that point, all according to plan. 

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