JOHN | The Power of God’s Plan { DAY NINETEEN }

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“You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.  Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” { John 19:11 }

Let’s throw back a little before we move forward.  In John chapter 13, we read of Jesus washing the feet of the Disciples and just after He had finished He explained His reason for doing so. Do you remember why He washed their feet?  He explained that it was to be an example of how we are to serve one another.  “Truly, Truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him”{ Jn 13:16 }.  He followed by saying, “the Scripture will be fulfilled” { Jn 13:18 }.

How often do we spend time truly looking at the fulfillment of God’s Word in our everyday life?  If I’m honest, I don’t do it enough.  Sure, when the ‘rubber meets the road’ and I am left wanting – I’m looking for a sign everywhere, praying for manna to fall down, and scrambling for clues that unlock even just a glimmer of what the Lord is doing in my life.

In chapter 19, three times we are reminded of the Scriptures being fulfilled in John’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion.

“This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” {Jn 19:24; Ps 22:18}  David knew a thing or two about being chased down and surrounded by his adversaries.  We can understand the scorn he must have felt when he wrote the words in Psalm 22:16-18 “For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet — I count all my bones — they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them and for my clothing they cast lots.”  To be overtaken is humbling, to be stripped of your clothing is humiliating, but to have lots cast for your garments to be the trophy of your adversaries conquest takes it to another level of indignity. 

Jesus understands what it feels like to be brought low, let us draw all the more nearer to Him when we need comfort and compassion in our hurting.

“I thirst” {Jn 19:28}  not only fulfills Psalm 69:21 where it says “and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink”  but also two other times earlier in John, Jesus makes reference to food or drink with a spiritual significance behind it.   For example, when Jesus says “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” { Jn 4:34 }. And again when He was arrested and told Peter to put his sword away, saying, “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” { Jn 18:11 } After Jesus drank the sour wine and breathed out “It is finished” it is no coincidence the order of what followed.  Jesus then bowed His head and surrendered His spirit.

For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” { John 10:17-18 }

Jesus understands that it can be difficult to fulfill our unique call in life, but with God, we are never left to do it alone. He cannot help but help us fulfill our ministries!

“Not one of his bones will be broken” {Jn 19:36} When God instructed Moses and Aaron on the rules for Passover, they were prohibited against breaking the bones of the sacrificial lamb { Ex 12:46 }.   And in Psalms 34:20,  “He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.”  

The fulfillment of Jesus’ crucifixion really would have been enough but we can find comfort in our God who cares about getting even the smallest of details right.

Our God is a God who finishes what He starts!  He fulfills His promises!  And He can be trusted with every small and the very big details of our lives!  I know, a little too well, how easily this life can toss us around and jolt us up out of our comfort zones but with God, we are assured that He is always with us carrying us through to the finish line. Take comfort in our Lord who cares a whole lot about every single detail of our lives today.  And get really good at leaning into His compassionate heart and helpful spirit for your life today!  

 

BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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