“….according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will…” Eph. 1:11
There was a time, when Jesus was arrested and crucified, in which it looked like He was not in control and definitely not victorious,
but God had a plan.
Imagine living in the days of Christ’s betrayal, torture, crucifixion, and burial and watching it all unfold.
Even though Jesus’ followers had been told of what was coming, there was nothing about Jesus’ last days that looked victorious. It seemed that evil and death had surely overcome all that they had so dearly believed in. They watched as angry crowds cried out, ‘Crucify him!’. Can you even imagine how disorienting this was for them?
Their loving Leader, Whom they had left everything to follow, had become a target of irrational hate, a hate which was threatening to kill him (with no more rational reasoning than the outcry against Christians and our beliefs today).
Surely, they must have asked themselves, ‘Have we deceived ourselves? Have we been deceived?’
I wonder if perhaps that sense of doubtful wondering fueled Peter’s denial (Mark 14:68) of the Christ Whom he had committed himself to, saying, ‘Even though all may fall away, yet I will not…Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!’ (Mark 14:29,31).
It all surely must have felt like a terrible defeat.
But INSTEAD they were actually watching THE plan of the ages, the one foretold in the garden (Gen. 3:15), being played out before them.
I imagine that it would have been impossible to convince them throughout that whole gut-wrenching ordeal that it was good and of God.
But things are not always as they seem.
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