90 Day Read: Matthew 23-27; Luke 20-23; John 13-19; Mark 13-15

I’d never read all the crucifixion accounts together, one after another. What stands out is that Jesus is in complete control compared with the disciples who have no idea what’s going on.

Jesus has been warning them of what is coming. They don’t understand.

Events turn chaotic all around him but Jesus is calm. He only speaks when necessary. He does not revile in response to the mocking and beating. He does not respond to Herod when all he wants is to see a sign.

Even when hanging on the cross, Jesus is in complete control, up until his final breath. He gave up his life. It was not taken from him.

God had always been in control. This had always been the plan, down to the very smallest detail. He is even sovereign over the evil done to him. He tells Pilate that he would have no authority over him unless it had been given him from above.

But in this mysterious providence, there is mercy. In the midst of all the evil being done to Jesus, that God is working out completely according to his plan, Jesus says this:

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

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