May 14, 2018: Whose in charge here?

John 19:10 (NIV)
10  “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

John 19:16 (NIV)
16  Finally, Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.

Acts 2:22-24 (NIV)
22  “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
23  This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
24  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

Who is in charge here?  I want to know. when you look at the outward appearance of the world it seems that no one is in charge, or at least not the right person.  Chaos and confusion seem to rule the day.  The operative word is “seem.”

Pilate thought he was in charge, the guards thought they were in charge.  Little did they know that their very actions were the means of God bringing about the greatest rescue ever.

The cross teaches us this very truth.  The cross gives the appearance of that man is free to do what he wants.  He can reject God and it appears that he has the upper hand but nothing could be further from the truth.  Luke pulls back the veil of history and lets us see the true picture.  Man may have thought he had the power to do what he wanted but he could not see that God was working in the background accomplishing a great work through man’s very evil actions.

When you look at the world today and what you see causes you to think that man is in charge be reminded there is only one God and he rules the nations with his sovereign hand to accomplish the redemption of all those who are his.

Consider this closing thought from the psalms. Psalm 33:10-11 (NIV)
10  The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. 11  But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Our God reigns and rules no matter what!

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