TODAY’S MEDITATION – “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above” (John 19:8-11)

Today’s passage is taken from the scene where Pilate is discussing with Jesus after putting Him in trial. The most stunning thing here is that instead of Jesus being agitated, it looks like it is Pilate and the religious leaders who are. My brother, my sister, when you know the truth, when you know the plan of God, there is no need to be agitated, for even the devil can not stop God’s plan for your life. At best, He can help God by trying to harm you. This is exactly what Jesus is revealing to us in this passage.

Yes,look at what he told Pilate when the latter asked him: “Do you refuse to speak to me?” … “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” (verse 10). Jesus answered: “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above” (verse 11). What a powerful statement and assurance! Therefore my question to you is that? Who has power over you today? Obviously, Jesus shows us He is in total control of His own trial (the situation He is in), which means that the enemy (represented by the people who have accused Him) are under His feet. The reason is simple. He knew that nobody could separate Him from the love of God and by nobody here, don’t look at Pilate or the religious leaders but at the trouble and persecution He was going to go through (Romans 8:31-39). Therefore let me ask the question again: who has power over you today? Your doubts, your fears, your thoughts, your current situation that looks hopeless, the earthly problems, etc.? Like Jesus, let’s learn to be composed before the circumstances if we truly know that none of these would have power over us unless allowed by God.

Often times, we try to fix situations by justifying ourselves or bringing our truths into them. Can we help God in his own plan at all? Certainly not. The worst thing we can do is actually help the devil to push us out of God’s plan. So instead of becoming our own enemy, we should learn to trust the Lord by remaining composed while He confuses the enemy’s plans and gives us His victory. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.