Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Read Matthew 26:1-5
3Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 5But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
Time For The Cross
How often have you said, “I need to make time for that,” or “I don’t have time for that, I’ll get to it later”? Or at a funeral we think, where did all the time go – it went by too fast. I think I have control over my time. Then an unexpected meeting, a friend in need, a death, or who knows what shows me time is not mine to control. I demand my Day-Timer perform better, but it’s not in control either.
In our passage, we see Jesus telling his disciples it’s time. He’s been telling them for a while now, “it is not yet my time.” Then, since just before Palm Sunday (the Triumphal Entry), he has predicted his death several times. Now he is specific, in two days, during Passover, I will be crucified.
Meanwhile, the religious leaders and chief priests gather to plot and plan Jesus death. They coyly think they’ll do it after the Passover, so as not to create an uprising and draw too much attention to disposing of Jesus. This is as ridiculous as my plotting the timing of the sunrise. Jesus knows the time. His Father preordained the time. The greatest scandal in the history of man, the crucifixion of the spotless Lamb of God, will happen on the Lord’s timing.
I am reminded as we journey to The Cross that our Sovereign God is in control of time. All things, from creation to His return, to the beginning of life and the end, including the Crucifixion of His Son, happen with a purpose and on His divine schedule. Nothing is by chance. Our days are numbered (Ps139:16) and the hairs on our head are numbered (Matthew 10:30) by the One who holds the keys to life and death (Rev 1:18).
As I consider these truths, it makes me pause to consider time – His time, His purpose, His sacrifice. It all happened in the exact way and exactly when He said it would. It could not be concealed by men of power, but happened in a way that created such an uproar it changed the world. And by faith, in His perfect time, it changed me and it changed you.
Father, I thank You that in Your perfect timing You applied the work of Jesus on The Cross to my life, making me alive together with You. I don’t make time, but this week I will take time to praise You and thank You for Jesus’ time on the Cross. He not only redeemed my wasted time, but all eternity in glory with You was purchased for me. What a Savior! Amen.