“And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.” – Luke 23:22-23
We know that God is all powerful and can do all things, yet sometimes it seems as though He has turned a blind eye to our plight or situation, but He hasn’t. There are times when the wicked seem to prevail against the righteous as the voices of the chief priest and the crowd shouting “crucify Him” seemed to have prevailed against those seeking Christ’s release, but they hadn’t. You see, God had a very good reason to allow this to take place, though it was hard even for God who had to look away at one point, He allowed it for a reason and that’s the key, knowing that when things get hard and it seems like God has forsaken us for a moment, He hasn’t, so stay the course, God always has a reason.
“And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.” – Luke 23:23-25
In what seemed like defeat, God was setting up the checkmate moment that would change everything, make the impossible possible, prove His hand at work in the situation, and bring forth an overcoming testimony. It seemed so unfair that a guilty man would be set free that day and a sweet loving innocent Jesus be crucified in his place, but God had a reason. Barabbas, the guilty sinner that should have received judgment that day, represented all man kind, guilty sinners worthy of God’s judgement and wrath. Yet Jesus willingly took his place, received the punishment and wrath he deserved, caused him to be pardoned if his sins and crimes, and set free.
Know that Jesus did not have to suffer and die that day, He had a choice. Nor did He want to have to go through these things, even praying that God might let this cup pass Him by, yet praying “never the less, not my will but Thy Will be done” He chose (knowing that God always has a reason) to trust God’s perfect plan.
“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” – John 10:17-18
Christ made a choice to trust that even in hardship, God had a reason and for this He chose to endure the afflictions of the cross in humble obedience to God’s perfect plan. Because He did, many were saved and we all can receive of the rewards of the testimony of Jesus Christ to this day. Yet He, most of all, received reward for His trust in God’s plan and the same is true for us.
When we face hardships, heartaches, and trials we may not always understand why, but we must always trust that God has a very good reason. Know that it’s all part of His perfect plan to show forth His love, power, and mercy to others and yourself most of all in the end. If you choose to stay the course and say, “it’s hard God and I don’t want to have to go through this but never the less, not my will but thy will be done“, He will eventually reveal His reason to your glory, a greater testimony, and the salvation of others. He does not let us go through hard things for nothing, God always has a reason, and if you endure, it is always worth it in the end.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:16-18
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. .” – Philippians 2:5-11