Earlier this evening, I was struck by verse 4 of John 18… “Then Jesus, knowing everything that was to happen to HIM, (emphasis added) went out and said to them, ‘Who is it you seek?'”
HIS response is breath snatching; elicits a “No way!” response.
It is human nature to avoid pain, especially our own, and our typical response (at least it is mine) is to avoid the things that will hurt us, even if we sense God calling, leading, wooing us in that direction. Not Jesus.
“…knowing everything that was to happen to HIM,” … the scourging, the slaps, the cuffs, men spitting in HIS face, the mockery, Judas’ betrayal, the disciples’ abandonment, being disowned by Peter, the nails, the thorns, the thirst, the unspeakable agony, feeling forsaken by HIS Father, … knowing all this, HE went out and asked those who would be among his tormentors, “Who is it you seek?”
I imagine that HE could do so because of what HE had gone through in prayer earlier in the evening. Luke 22:44 records, “Being in anguish, HE prayed more fervently, and HIS sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.” HE said to HIS Father, “My Father, If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26: 37-39). His surrender to the Father’s will is what, I believe, enabled Him, even with the knowledge of “… everything that was to happen to HIM” to willingly surrender HIMSELF to those who had come to arrest HIM.
I am thinking this could very well be the key to obedience and peace when we are wrestling with anything God requires of us that our human nature wants to shy, run, fly away from … fervent prayer followed by surrender to our Father.
*All Scripture passages are from the Holman Standard Bible