He avoided crowds that wanted to crown Him as a king. Now, here He is handing Himself over to a crowd that wants to kill Him?
This is a dark day.
‘Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.”
– (John 18:4-5, ESV)
The Gospels were not designed. All I have, in fact, all we have, is what was spoken and recorded for future generations to read; a treasure to be valued, passed on and cherished. Words about events that are handed down with the utmost reverence and verbal accuracy.
Each are what they are, a gritty recount of events that apprehended the people of the day. Yet, in its uniqueness, their shared message still speaks life into us. Encountered by God on the cross; God in the tomb, Jesus Christ resurrected. God giving us His best.
Moving with us, towards us, breaching the cultural-historical divide;in step with each step. Slowly breaking through our stubborn superiority and control. Speaking so that we might learn to grasp even a glimpse of this significance of those precious days and the ones yet to come.