He Is Over All!
Have you ever wanted to time travel to a certain era, time or moment in the history of mankind? If you are a history buff you no doubt have dwelt on certain historical moments that you would love to be able to witness. Some of us are not history enthusiasts and yet, as believers, we all understand, and appreciate the importance of Easter as we remember the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This week take the time to trace the daily events of the life of the Lord Jesus during his final days before his crucifixion. Sunday began with his triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the words of Psalm 118:26 being sung by the multitudes “Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” That attitude of joy and celebration soon would change as the Lord, on Monday, entered into the temple and drove out those whose earthly desires for quick gain had erased all spirituality when they made the “house of prayer” a “den of thieves.” As the week progressed, the contempt and hatred that men felt towards the Son of God increased as plots and schemes were made to destroy the Lord.
On what would be today (Tuesday - Lk.20-21) the Lord again is in the temple teaching. Knowing what was in the hearts and thoughts of men did not make the Lord retreat into seclusion. He faced his foes calling out their wickedness and the evil plans they had towards him (vv.9-18). If we were to summarize the attitudes of men towards the Son of God it would be the words of the prophet Isaiah “He was despised and Rejected of men a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief.” It is easy to be fixated on all that men would do towards the Lord in his final days but it is important to remember that the actions of men could not thwart the sovereign plans of God. As Christ stood in the temple with the religious rulers “He beheld them, and said, what is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner (v.17)” Retracing the final days of Christ, we witness all the evil plans of men coming together for the destruction of the Son of God, but all that would happen was “according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Let us not just see the rejected Saviour at the hands of men, but let us praise the one who has become the head cornerstone and Saviour of the world.
Food for thought: Many of us live with all sorts of uncertainties around us. Politically, economically, and socially we live in a time where it sometimes feels like things are out of control. The world is dark and we can be left feeling the weight of all the troubles that surround us. However, it is good to be reminded that there is One above all the circumstances that we face in life. His plans and purposes will never fail and He is the one who we can turn to and trust above all that we face here on earth.
Kyle Wilson is commended with his wife to full time service in Nicaragua, from the assembly that meets in Carleton Gospel Hall, Vancouver. He is in fellowship in the assembly in El Valle, and has two young children.