But For This Cause

When addressing Pilate Jesus made this statement “…but for this cause came I unto this hour.” An accurate statement would be that Jesus was born to die.

Have you considered everyone that was involved and necessary for the crucifixion to happen? There needed to be a Judas, a denier, liars and accusers, others that would not betroubled, and also those that would remain afar off, and not get close enough to make a difference. It really sounds like a distasteful group doesn’t it.

Again, have you considered what needed to be involved in the resurrection? There needed to be a Joseph that was willing to take responsibility for something that was dead, angels that would provide the supernatural element, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses, that went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, guards that would ultimately be eyewitness to the resurrection and disciples and believers that with shock and amazement worshiped a risen savior.

How did Jesus respond to these two groups?

To the first group, he washed the feet of Judas, and from the cross He said, “Father, forgive them”. To the second group, be breathed on them, and spoke the Word of Faith, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost”.

God places people and circumstances in our lives that will cause us to die to our own carnal desires, but he also places people and circumstances that will take us to another level of spirituality. Both of these are necessary. Our response to each will determine the end result. Jesus did not resist what placed him on a cross, and the disciples did not understand how a tomb could be empty, but they accepted it by faith.

Where could God take you, if you would allow the events that God brings into your life to reveal God’s plan for you?