“Where do you come from?” [Pilate] asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.” (John 19:9–11, NIV 1984).
Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:28–30, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Pilate thought the power was his. But as Jesus corrected him, not without the consent of the Father. When the crucial time came however, the power was given to the Son by the Father. And the Son willingly “gave up His spirit.” Just as He said. “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (John 10:17–18, NIV 1984).
That was not the last thing He did just as He said. “After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. [An] angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” (Matthew 28:1, 5–6, NIV 1984).
My Advice – And today, we live in anticipation of Him doing one more thing just as He said. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as “The Terminator” was not the first one to say “I’ll be back.” “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1–4, NIV 1984).
My bet is that “this same Jesus…will come back in the same way [the disciples saw] him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11, NIV 1984). Just as He said. It could be very soon. Make sure you’re ready.