In my personal Bible reading I have been reading in the Gospel of John and have come to the betrayal, arrest, trials, and ultimately the crucifixion of Jesus (John 18-19). It’s at the same time a sad and yet hopeful story.
Reflecting on the events of that night when Jesus was betrayed, I wondered what it looked like from Jesus’ perspective. We know what it looked like from the various
The dying, profane, wicked, weaklings are sitting in
judgment over the eternal, holy, sinless, all-powerful One.
perspectives of the players involved, that’s the focus of the gospel accounts. But what did it look like from the perspective of the eternal, holy, sinless, all-powerful God of the universe?
There are many words that I could have chosen to describe Jesus. I chose those four deliberately. They bring into focus something that we have missed. They magnify the cosmic difference between us and God. And the chasm is great. Greater than anything we can even imagine.
He is eternal, we are dying. He is holy, we are profane. He is sinless, we are wicked. He is all-powerful, we are weaklings.
And Jesus knows who He is. And He knows who we are.
So go back to that night and ask yourself, what did it look like from His perspective?
That’s the sad part of this story.
The dying, profane, wicked, weaklings are sitting in judgment over the eternal, holy, sinless, all-powerful One.
The two-year-olds are throwing the ultimate temper tantrum. The inmates are running the asylum.
Does it get any more ludicrous than that?!
In His omniscience He knew what was in their hearts. He knew their thoughts. But He still must have shaken His head in almost amazing disbelief. Who do they think they are? The nursery has risen up in rebellion.
And today we are still throwing infantile hissy fits.
Every time we reject something that God says in His Word. Every time we go our own way instead of God’s way. Every time we chose Me over Him we throw ourselves onto the floor in a spiritual temper tantrum. Bang your fists. Kick your feet. Scream.
And the God of the Universe stands silently and watches. Still shaking His head in disbelief.
Stay in the Word