"Then Jesus, knowing ALL that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, 'Whom do you seek?'" (John 18:4 ESV) This has been one of my favorite verses for many years. There is so much depth found in this tiny passage of Scripture and I'd like want to think out loud today on my blog:
1. Jesus knew ALL that would happen to Him: Betrayal, abandonment by His closest friends, rejection, loneliness, spit upon, slapped, mockery, beatings, shame (stripped completely naked), crown of thorns pressed into His skull, crucified between 2 thieves, rejected by His Father, ridicule by the religious people of His day, and a demonic assault that would make any Hollywood Horror Film pale in comparison (read Psalm 22), and much much more that was not written. Jesus not only knew all that would happen to Him...BUT HE KNEW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO US AS A RESULT OF WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO HIM! That leads to the next point.
2. He CAME FORWARD TO MEET THEM: Jesus was no coward. With full realization of His immediate and very dark future, He did quite opposite of what many of us would do under such circumstances, He moved TOWARDS certain pain (in every sense of the word) and death rather than running away from it. He understood His purpose and also knew the end result; the salvation of His beloved creation. When Jesus took a step forward, He was not simply accepting all of the hardship awaiting Him...but He was also moving our redemption forward as well! WHEN JESUS TOOK THAT STEP TOWARDS THE PAIN AND HEARTACHE, HE WAS OPENING A DOOR FOR YOU AND I TO TAKE A STEP TOWARDS HIM!
3. Whom do you seek: He didn't wait for them to initiate anything, He took the first step. He is the One Who laid His life down, and He is the One Who picked it back up. THEY WERE SEEKING HIM TO CRUCIFY HIM, NOW WE CAN SEEK HIM TO REDEEM US!
1. We do not know all that will happen to us, and that most certainly can bring a level of fear from time to time, especially when we go through difficult seasons where everything seems cloudy. Good news however...there is someone Who does know all that we will go through, and He did a pretty good job while left alone to face the worst imaginable nightmare. You and I however? We don't have to be alone. Jesus said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." JESUS WALKED ALONE IN HIS DARKEST HOURS SO THAT WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO WALK ALONE IN OUR DARKEST HOURS.
2. Don't run from pain and brokenness, embrace it. It is only temporary. There will always be seasons of pain and there will always be seasons of great joy. You may be experiencing some thunderstorms and dark clouds right now, but I can promise you this...the sun is going to come up again, it always does. Anyone with some age on them can tell you this; The deeper the pain, the greater the joy! God is working on your behalf EVEN IN THE MOST PAINFUL OF SITUATIONS, and what He started in you, He is going to complete! What's the point of quoting; "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" if you never allow Him an opportunity to show how great He is IN YOU??!
3. Jesus asked them Whom they were seeking. I believe He is asking us the same thing. Who are you seeking? They were seeking Jesus to bring suffering to His life. I am seeking Him to know Him, to love Him, to fellowship with Him, to experience Him. The beautiful thing about Jesus is this; He is also seeking us! (John 4:23)
Have a great day!
Randy Goudeau, Jr.