Jesus was not a helpless victim, knowing all that would happen to him. The religious leaders expected trouble when they came to arrest Jesus. This is why Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. But Jesus did not flee from them or put up a fight. Instead, He boldly approached them.
Imagine the amazement of the disciples when they saw Judas, supposedly one of their own, arrive as the head of the mob sent to arrest Jesus. It would seem as if everything was out of control, or that the mob was in control. But indeed, Jesus was still in control…they drew back and fell to the ground. They were looking for Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus lets them know that He is the man, but that this man is also God.
Jesus was doing exactly as He promised, bringing about future events, and taking care of His disciples every step of the way (John 17:12). Even in the midst of chaos, confusion, and corruption, He was in control. His plan was being executed by all sides, perfectly.
How often is it that we go about our days knowing about Jesus, but we see Him as some far off, ineffable idea rather than the very much alive, all present and all powerful Almighty that He actually is? It is quite a reminder when, sometimes, as our greatest threats draw upon us, Jesus unveils Himself just a little, and lets us all know who the boss of all this really is (Psalm 46:1).
It may seem as if your situations have Jesus all bottled up, but just one word is all you need. Unleash His power and presence into your life; behold the great “I AM” in His Word.