Thanks to Lauren for this week’s notes. As usual the passage can be read here.
Many of us will have heard the phrase, “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurs to God”. I’ve no idea who first said it. But the point is that whilst clarity and understanding may dawn on us regarding a certain thing, there was never a time when God was unaware of anything.
It’s easy to see why, when King David in the Psalms considers the manner in which God knows him, he cries out “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” Psalm 139:6.
Today’s passage doesn’t show a Jesus who is out of control in the day leading up to his arrest, it doesn’t show a Jesus who is being tossed about by circumstances and trying to work out how to react. He is not caught by surprise by the events unfolding.
We do not worship a Lord who reluctantly stumbled upon the road to the cross, but one who “set his face like flint”, who knew where he was going, and prepared appropriately each step of the way.
As we saw yesterday, the Passover was due to be celebrated. The ceremony – over a thousand years old at this point – which pointed towards Jesus death. He instructs his disciples where they will find a room, and to make preparations for the Passover there. Was it a miracle that Jesus knew of the man with the water and the room? Had he simply spoken to the person in advance? We’re not told how Jesus knew, although Luke seems to be drawing attention to Jesus’ divine knowledge and control. We’re not told many details at all. But we are told, that the disciples found things as Jesus said. And we are not surprised!
The events leading up to and including the cross were not an aberration of Jesus’ control, things didn’t go wrong and get out of hand. Jesus has things in hand. He is planning to go to the cross. He is walking the road deliberately.
Lord we thank you that you chose the path you would take before the creation of the world. We thank you that you re-chose that path with every breath whilst you were on earth. We thank you that in this last stretch of time before your death you didn’t falter from that path, and that because of your love, commitment and sacrifice, we know salvation.
We bow before the vastness of your wisdom and knowledge that sees everything, that knows everything. Lord we thank you that you see the truth of everything, that you see the truth of us – and that you love us with an unfailing love and welcome us into your family.