They came with weapons. Expecting inevitable resistance from His followers if not from Him. Their fingers itched to have Him bound and taken to trial. Then He would see who was really in charge.
But how wonderfully they were mistaken. They stopped dead in their tracks.
He did not hide. Even though He fully and perfectly knew all that was about to happen to Him. Even though He had just moments before been near death itself as He stared into the cup He was about to drink. Even though He cried to the Father two times for an alternative and heard nothing but silence from heaven. The most agonizing night. And the greatest agony to come in merely hours.
He did not flee. He came forward. Though He staggered in His soul, contemplating the work He had to do. He perfectly obeyed His Father. He loved Him. He was faithful to do what He had to do in order to fulfill the plan of redemption They had made together before time began. He knew His hour had come.
He came forward. Because He loved sinners.
He did not resist. The obedient Son asked the soldiers who they were seeking. When they shouted His name, He came forward and said He was the One they were looking for. They did not even have to search.
Before the men could even seize Him, they fell to the ground. Astonished. What? Who IS this man? His very words made them tremble. They could not even remain standing.
Again, He asked them who they sought. Again told them that He was the One they were after. Once the soldiers made it to their feet again, they bound Him and led Him to face it. Man's greatest act of injustice in all of history. Yet God's greatest display of justice and mercy for all the world for all of time. The cross.
Who was this Man that willingly handed Himself over to certain death? Certain wrath? The greatest human suffering possible? Unimaginable pain and separation? The horror and shame of the cross?
Who was He?
The only Man who was stronger than death. The Man who was God himself in the flesh.
The Man who saw our need. And gave Himself to be our Savior. Died in weakness, rose again in power. To be our peace. Our righteousness. Our HOPE.
And the only One who can save me. The only One who can save you.
He is Jesus Christ.
Let us worship and be amazed.
He was willing to go to the cross. He is willing to save sinners still!
What a Savior!