Delivery on Time • No Ledge
John Hubbard | Worship Leader
I have always loved movies with an opening scene that has some huge and intricate accident. I picture a man sitting outside a restaurant doing a crossword in the newspaper when he accidentally hits his coffee cup causing the waitress to jump out of the way which startles the bicyclist who swerves to miss her. The biker ends up on the street, so the car coming behind him slams on his brakes and gets rear-ended. I have always liked the idea these types of scenes can show that sometimes the smallest of accidents can cause real problems. How could the man have known that spilling his coffee would ruin the rear bumper of a car in the street? He could not have; one of the crazy things about God is that nothing surprises Him. His plan and will do not get redirected; He does not get sent on detours, everything comes together just how He intended.
In the book of Acts, Peter is addressing multitudes of people immediately after the disciples have been speaking to them in many different languages, He talks about the coming of the Messiah, and he says an interesting thing about Jesus.
“This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.” Acts 2:23
God’s definite plan of redemption for all of us was incredibly timed. Jesus was born of the line of King David, out of Bethlehem which was David’s hometown. God did not have a “rough idea” of how it would play out. He knew that the Jewish leadership would reject Jesus, and they despised Him enough to plot to have Him killed. Since Jesus lived in a time of Roman occupation, who better to execute Jesus than the Romans. Even though they acted of their reasoning, God was in control of it. Jesus fully intended to die for the sins of all of us, even if it looked like a betrayal by His own people at the time.
When Peter spoke to all these people about the prophecies of Jesus being fulfilled, the Bible says that three thousand souls were saved that day.