Jim Caviezel knew as he read the script for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and prepared to play the role of Jesus Christ that he wouldn't die. Jesus knew, as He read the Script, that this wasn't playacting--that He would actually die.
Jesus knew also that He would be betrayed by one of His followers, Judas, and He never once showed Judas anything but love. Jesus knew that His disciples would also flee. Yet, He loved them still. Jesus also knew that He would rise again. He knew that guilty sinners would be forgiven their sins and made new. He knew that He would regain what Adam's race had lost and that He would be their King. He knew that one day every knee would bow and tongue confess His lordship. He knew.
Imagine receiving a kiss from your betrayer. What would you do? Spit on him? Curse? Fall apart in tears? How could Jesus receive that betraying kiss? He knew the script, "the Scriptures must be fulfilled", and He knew Father.
The script of our lives promises trials, heartache, betrayal, and other woes. It also promises grace and the presence of the Father. It promises future reign and future glory.
We must know the script and know the Father's heart so that we too can fully embrace our present and future, not as play actors but as full and joyful participants. "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1b-2).
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Mark 14:43-52; Matthew 26:47-56; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11
- How does Jesus respond to the arresting party?
- Why does Jesus submit?
- How do His followers respond?
- How does Jesus describe this hour?
- Describe Jesus' trial.
- How does Jesus answer the high priest's question?
- How does the high priest view the Messiah?
- What emboldens the high priest's (and other's) treatment of Jesus?
- Where are His followers?
- How does Jesus treat those who are mistreating Him?
It is vital that believers know the Scriptures and know the Father. Commit yourself to the Lord to be more intentional in knowing the Word that you might be prepared to go through difficulty with joy and perseverance.