Pulling the Trigger

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”

“Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”
“He is worthy of death,” they answered.
– Matthew 26:62-65

Jesus here seems to seal his fate. He knew that the moment he admits he is the Son of God, he is a dead man. He goes a step beyond the “yes” answer and tells them they will see him at the right hand of God. Done deal.

So what was it that made Jesus decide in that moment to seal his future? He knew that once the words had been spoken, his future was determined. What made him decide in that moment?

Nothing. He had already decided it.

Just prior to this Jesus was in the garden and had wrestled with God. It was there that the decision had been made.

2 things I see here:

  1. I need to make my decisions in communication with God and not in the heat of the moment. There are times that I need to read the circumstances and make a decision on the spot. Most of the time, the decisions (especially the large ones) need to bee made in prayer. You don’t just happen into a neighborhood on the way home from Wal-Mart and buy a new house. I can’t decide the direction of the future of my life in a conversation.
  2. Once the decision has been made (in prayer) I may need to trigger the course of events. Just as Jesus triggered them with his response, it may be that I need to take the first (and difficult) step to get things moving.

God, help me to make my decisions based on our conversations and to move forward knowing that the decision has already been made. Help me to know when to move ahead based on the things you say.

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