John 18:12-14 is such a small section of the story, and yet it contains some interesting points to it. Jesus at this point has knocked the men down just by saying the name of God, He has healed the ear of the man who had it knocked off, and has said He will not fight with a sword. Yet notice that the first thing the soldiers do is tie Jesus up. All they know is force. They didn’t have to do this. He was willing to go with them, yet they tied Him up. He had just healed one of their own, and they see Him as a threat.
Then He is taken to Caiaphas, the high priest. This is a man who spent years studying the Bible to understand God. He had lived a life beyond reproach, worked hard to know and follow God. Yet when God spoke to Him face to face, Caiaphas saw Him as a threat. He wanted Jesus killed.
I do the same thing. I get a dream or a plan going, and Jesus doesn’t want anything to do with it. Whatever I have planned for my life, Jesus declares it to be destructive, anti-God, and wants to freely come and heal it. But I resist, and want to tie God up and do away with Him, at least temporarily. I’ll bring Him back out later and set Him free once I’ve done whatever it is that I am hell bent on doing. I am the biggest fool of the three between me, Caiaphas, and the soldiers.
You see, I know Jesus. He is the savior, the healer. He has proven a thousand times to me that His way is best and that He wants my very best for me. He is not selfish, mean, or petty. Yet I want to tie Him up and do away with Him at times. When I’m weak, tired, and selfish. When I’m afraid, worried, and unsure. Then I want to be god with the smallest “g” possible.
Lord, I really am sorry. Help me to be the one who surrenders at all times, not just when it’s convenient. Help me to follow, and not try to use you when it works best for me. You are God, I am not. Period. And I like it that way.