John 13:3 – Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
There are two terms that we in America have used and misused to the point of making them synonymous in our general thinking. This SHOULD NOT be the case. The words are “in control” and “in charge.” We have particularly misused them in our Christian faith, and for that reason, there are many things said from pulpits that are completely erroneous. This is so common that it has become cliché that is spoken without any real thought.
When I hear someone make a blanket-statement that “God is in control,” I almost cringe. That is NOT true as a general statement. YES, God is in control of certain things, but NOT ALL things at ALL TIMES. When God placed man in the garden of Eden, He gave Adam control over all His handiworks. YES, God was still God, and as such, was in charge of Adam, but it was Adam who was in control of what happened in the garden. If God were in control, do you think for a fleeting moment that He would have released Satan to deceive the woman? When I read 1 Corinthians 10:13, I cannot believe God would do such a thing as openly releasing Satan to deceive her. Furthermore, it is not God’s will that any should perish, yet multitudes die and go to hell. If God were in control as it relates to His will, no one would go to hell, but rather all would be saved. Again, I reiterate, God is in charge in that arena, but not in control.
I know that many won’t agree with what I write here, but it is still truth. In our Text for Today, Jesus was still operating as a prophet under the Old Covenant. He was not operating here as God, but as man. Yet we read that “Father had given all things into his hands.” Keep in mind that Jesus is rapidly approaching the time of His passion. Decisions that are made now will be His. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed, “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not My will but thine be done.” Prior to that prayer He said to the people, “No man takes my life; I lay it down and I will take it up again.” And on still another occasion, in His John 17 High Priestly prayer, Jesus said that He sent us as the Father had sent Him. There were places and times where Father was indeed in control. There were other times when Father relinquished control to the Son, but the Son recognized Father as still being in charge. Therefore, He obeyed the Father, while He (Jesus) was in control of what He did. One question; When you went to church Sunday, was God in control, or was He in charge? Did you go because it was the right thing to do, and you chose to obey that, or did you go because Father pulled you from your bed, dressed you, put you in your vehicle, and forced you to go to church? One is being in charge; the other is being in control.
Manna for Today – John 13:1-20; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 26:39; John 10:17-18