22 Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.” And they were exceedingly sorrowful.
But while everyone marveled at all the things which Jesus did, He said to His disciples, 44 “Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying.
It is sometimes difficult to walk in the sandals of the disciples, and this is one of the more difficult moments. Since we know the whole story of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, we cannot begin to feel what they must have felt when Jesus foretold them. Perhaps our take away here is two-fold: first, when we cannot begin to understand what the Lord is doing, we must be careful not to jump to all negative conclusions. For while the thought of their Lord and Master being taken and killed by his enemies was beyond their comprehension, from this side of the story, we all , they included, now see the perfect plan of God at work. So it is with all of life’s issues; on this side they are hard to understand and even painful to go through, but on the other side we will see the plan of God at work.
Secondly, Jesus knew the future. Jesus knew both the future events and the timing of those events. He knew he would be betrayed by Judas, knew He would be beaten and crucified, and Jesus knew that He would be raised from the dead. I take great comfort in my Savior’s full knowledge of His future and of mine. Nothing that happens does so out of chance, but all things happen with the full knowledge of our Lord Jesus. Even the abuse of men, which Christ endured, was known beforehand. I rest in the fact that my Savior, God Almighty, knows my future. Nothing that happens in my life catches my God by surprise. Therefore, when things happen that surprise me I can rest in the knowledge that God already knew and is still in control.
Last night we met Steven and Rachel and their kids, along with Bobbi’s sister and her daughter at Millennium Park in Chicago. The CSO was having a free concert to kick-off their fall program. As we enjoyed the view of the city, the park itself and the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, we talked about how God created man in His image and put the desire to create beauty within him. God is a God of form and structure and the creations of man are a reflection of God. Even unregenerate men and women are created in God’s image and create beautiful things. Surely God is honored when we do what He created us to do.
Jared is still struggling with eating. He isn’t as frustrated as he was but food just does not appeal to him. Pray that his body will soon level out with his meds and his diet. He got to school this morning and immediately began to tell the workers about the concert last night and the “pretty music.” He is fun.
Remember that this Sunday we are meeting at One Way Church in Aurora. One Way Church is located on Rt 34 (Ogden Ave) west of Rt 59 and east of Commons Drive across the street from Valley Honda. This is from their website:
- Sunday Worship Service: 10:00am
- Discipleship Hour: 8:45am-9:45am
- – Women’s Fellowship
- – Men’s Fellowship
- – Jr. & Sr. high school students
- – 1st-5th graders
- – Children ages 0 to the Kindergarten grade level
Have a great day in the Lord,