The Will of God and The Wickedness of Man

Preaching my way through John’s Gospel I have come across many profound truths. None more profound than what I found as I studied through John 18. The fourth verse stood out to me as I read,
“Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went
forward “
Here is Jesus in the garden praying with His disciples after
their Passover meal. He is facing a Roman cohort who is coming to take
Him away where He will be mocked. beaten and crucified. In the face of
this impending doom the words, “Jesus therefore, knowing all things
that would come upon Him, went forward”
are staggering in their import.
Jesus simultaneously confronts the wickedness of man and the will of
God as He steps out of the shadows to drink the cup that the Father has
given Him. Jesus’ willingness to suffer on behalf of those who have
rejected Him and the fact that that very wickedness will fulfill the
plan of God and accomplish the salvation of wicked men is so profound
that it is amazing and should evoke our joy and gratitude.

This is one of those truths that boggle the mind. Peter reiterates it as he preaches to the crowds at Pentecost, Acts 2:23  Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; Our God is amazing and certainly in control of all things as He accomplishes His purpose in all of us whether we are wicked or justified. I pray that as you listen to the message that you get a sense of that amazement and worship God accordingly!

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The Will of God and the Wickedness of Man  –  John 18:1-14

In Christ!
Kevin

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