I wonder every year how He did it. How did He, knowing what was to come, follow through with the plans God had laid before Him. As the hour crept closer and closer, until it was finally upon Him. He could have stopped it at any time.
We have all heard stories about people who have given their lives for their fellow man. Soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade saving the lives of the ones around him. Giving up their lives without thinking. Therein lies the difference.
A soldier reacts on impulse. There is no time for a deliberation to consider the consequences of the action they are about to take. It’s like putting your hand on a hot stove. Do you have to think about removing it or wait until somebody tells you the stove is hot before you take your hand away? No. It is a reflex and that is how a soldier reacts. If anyone of them, including myself, stopped to consider the circumstances and what they were about to give up then events would be different and we would have a lot less ” hero’s”.
That was not the case with Jesus. He had time to think about what He was about to do and did it anyway. He didn’t want to do it. He made it clear in the garden that He didn’t want to do it. He could have followed His own path. Instead He followed His fathers’. That is what makes him a hero. We forget that though divine He was still only a man. He bled. He felt pain. He felt joy and grief. And He felt humiliation. You know He had to feel fear. You know He had the instinct of survival and self preservation because He had all the other human emotions. Yet He still gave His life for His fellow man! And not just for the people around Him that He knew but for all the people that were yet to come. That my friends is a true hero. Thy will be done. And it was.
There is something else I think about every year at this time and I would like your thoughts and input on this. That is the soul of Judas. I was taught that Judas suffers eternal damnation when I was young and Catholic. Now I’m old and Pentecostal (Assembly of God) and sometimes think to much. I have not run this by my Pastor I’m going to run it by y’all first.
Since it was Gods will that Jesus was to fulfill the prophecy by undergoing the crucifixion then was it also Gods will that Judas betray Jesus. And if it was Gods will then does Judas bear any responsibility since he was only the instrument that God chose. Do you see the conundrum I have created for myself? What do you think? Where is Judas? We know he felt remorse for what he did and we know that Jesus loved Him as He loves all of us. So was he forgiven?
Anyway we know where Jesus is. He is right here in my and every believers heart. That is why He is the Living God. Happy Resurrection Day folks.