Today’s Scripture: Matthew 16:1-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2
Matthew 26:3-5 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, named Caiaphas; and they plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him. But they were saying, "Not during the festival, otherwise a riot might occur among the people." (NASB)
Today we begin a devotional journey through the last days and hours of Jesus’ life leading up to His death on the cross. It is the story of incredible love and grace filled with deep emotion and eternal meaning. My hope is that this journey will heighten our worship and celebration on Easter Sunday.
How often in our lives are we impacted by events and decisions long before we are aware of them? Jesus and His disciples are preparing for the Passover. As they make their plans, there are others – the chief priests and the elders – also making plans. These religious leaders are plotting together to arrest and kill Jesus. Their actions will have a profound effect on the disciples and their leader. But let’s step back and see a bigger picture. Long before the secret meeting at the house of Caiaphas, there was another meeting. It took plans in the throne room of the God. The Father asked the Son to leave heaven, come to earth, and die on the cross. The Son agreed. It may not have appeared that way for the next few days, but the events being played out were being impacted by the express will and purpose of God.
Here’s the good news – God is in control. It may not appear that way, but He is. Our lives are impacted by many things. Some of them of our own making; some are not. Some we see coming; some we do not. Behind it all there is God. We can trust His providence, His power, and His grace.