. . . if we want the peace that passes understanding, we must know the God who sends us, spend time strengthening our bond with Him and know His promises.
53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.
60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.
Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”
They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.
Here is Jesus. Among the chaos and accusations flying, among those too ashamed to speak and paid to speak, among the lies and anger and jealousy, there He is . . . still.
He is the one who calmed the storm with a word. He is the one who created and who is well equipped to bring order from chaos. Here He stands in the eye of the maelstrom and He is quiet and composed. How can He face such uncertainty with such calm, how can He head towards pain?
Listen to what He says: “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
With this certainty, He can embody calm in the face of such hatred and chaos. Can we?
When we face life’s storms and trials, how do we react? It has been said that one’s true character is revealed in a crisis. If that is true, I hate to think what that says some days about my true character. But we can learn from Jesus’ example. We can find that peace that passes understanding in the middle of life’s storms.
First we must know who it is we are sent by. When we accept God’s love and enter into His grace, we are covered by Christ’s righteousness and we become citizens of His kingdom. Jesus knows he comes from the Mighty One’s right hand. He knows that is where His authority comes from. We too can know that if we are representing God, he has our back. He is our Mighty One, He has sent us out into this world and, therefore, has great interest in what happens to us.
Secondly, He has spent the whole night strengthening Himself in His Father’s presence. He is intimate with the Mighty One because He has spent time before the trail with Him. He is filled with the Holy Spirit and can speak with confidence because He has given up His own will to follow.
Also, He is calm because He knows what must be done and He knows God’s promises are sure. Here Jesus quotes Daniel who saw these things in a vision (Daniel 7). He knows God has promised and prophesied what is to come. If we know and believe God’s promises, we can live in His hand, and trust that “. . . all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Have we been called according to His purpose? I believe if we are to call ourselves Christians or followers of Christ, then we have been. We have been called to follow and to make disciples.
So if we want the peace that passes understanding, we must know the God who sends us, spend time strengthening our bond with Him and know His promises. This will give us strength and encouragement during the toughest of tests and trails.
Jarrod Stackelroth is associate editor of Adventist Record.