v 62. Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right handand coming on the clouds of heaven”
Did you ever have dreams about what you might become? Rich? A World Champion? Prime Minister? Discover some radical cure for cancer? What might your dream have been? Were your dreams and ambitions fulfilled, or did something quite unexpected transpire? For most of us, I guess, youthful dreams remained just that. We have plodded on through life, some high and some low points, but dreams were mostly kept in the background.
Did Jesus have dreams and ambitions I wonder? What I do know is that by the age of 12 He had a distinct understanding of His relationship with His heavenly Father. In Luke 2:49 we read of an occasion when Jesus went missing and His parents spent several days searching for Him only to discover Him in the temple in the company of Jewish leaders. He told His parents ‘ “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?”But they didn’t understand what he meant. ‘
That understanding of His role in the Father’s plan must have grown through His teenage years until here, in the last days of His earthly life, He can confidently speak of His part in God’s eternal plan. He sees beyond the trials of the moment to His destiny as God’s appointed King returning to earth in great glory.
Whilst the Jewish leaders must have felt they had Jesus in their power, precisely the opposite is the case. Jesus knew that He was the One who would hold all power in the Father’s good time. The Jews could mock Him, the Roman authorities could whip Him, the soldiers could nail Him to the cross, the crowds could jeer at His powerlessness, His disciples could run away and His grave could be sealed, but His destiny was secure. The powers of darkness could not hold Him, His resurrection and ascension to glory were guaranteed.
Jesus was no idle dreamer in all of this: He knew the will and purpose of His heavenly Father. What the Jewish leaders regarded as blasphemy was in reality a statement of Jesus’ glory beyond the cross and the grave. No quasi-judicial process or howling mob could drown His certainty of being the centre of His Father’s will.