“Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what He told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that He would rise again on the third day.” Luke 24:5b-7
As we look at the sufferings of Jesus and His crucifixion, I think it’s easy to slip into the mindset of thinking He was a victim of wicked people. Yet that is not what scripture tells us at all!
Did He endure unjust treatment, extreme cruelty, and unimaginable suffering? Absolutely! But was He a helpless victim? No way!
We see throughout Jesus’ life that He knew this was coming. He predicted His suffering, murder, and resurrection to His disciples at least 3 times (Matt 16:21, 17:22-23, 20:17-19).
We see Him head for Jerusalem with a determination to complete His mission (Luke 9:51).
He even had the power and authority to stop it, calling thousands of angels to come and protect Him (Matt 26:53-54), but He refused to use that power. He knew the cross was coming and He also knew it had to come to accomplish God’s great plan of salvation (Matt 26:36-42). He intentionally walked right into the hands of those sent to arrest Him and went without struggle (Matt 26:45-56, John 18:1-11).
After His resurrection, he patiently explained to His disciples that all of these things were foretold long ago (Luke 24:44-46).
Today, as we remember Jesus’ triumph over sin and death, let’s also remember to not look at Him as a helpless victim, but as a mighty warrior who engaged the enemy (sin) and won. He is a champion, not a victim!
Happy Easter, my friends. May you look on the risen Lord and be strengthened, so you may live with the same purpose and boldness that He modeled for us.