In Total Control

Written By Víctor Solórzano

In Total Control

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

John 19:28-30 NKJV

Easter reminds us that Jesus was always in total control. From the night he shared the last supper with His disciples, His last word on the cross, to the moment He decided to give His last breath on the cross, Jesus showed His total control over everything that was happening. Nothing surprised Him! Judas’s betrayal did not surprise Him. Neither did the abandonment of His disciples, the contempt of the Jewish people, or the injustice and evil with which He was treated… absolutely nothing surprised him. At no time do we see Jesus waver from His divine purpose, but increasingly, we see how He was in total control; even His words bore witness to His clear determination. To Peter, after trying by human force to free him from that moment, he said: “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53) and to Pilate, He declared, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11).

Even on the cross, He was in complete control. From His first word to his last, Jesus was in control; in control to forgive and ask for forgiveness from His executioners, in control to ensure the well-being of Mary, His mother, and in total control to give salvation to the wicked man who genuinely asked Him to remember him in His kingdom. In total control to fulfill all the prophecies about Him and knowing full well when everything had been completed, our Lord chose the moment in which He would give His Spirit to His Father… even at this moment, He makes his control clear and absolute. “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.”(John 10:17-18).

However, being in control does not mean our beloved Lord and Savior did not suffer for what was happening to Him. Our Lord was hurt by the betrayal of His disciple- “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:48). He was hurt by the abandonment of His friends, the beatings, the scourging, the crown of thorns and the road to Golgotha. Our beloved Lord’s pain was so great that His body could not take it anymore, and He had to be carried the last part of the way. The cross was the most horrible and painful death possible, filled with torment and designed to inflict physical, mental, and emotional torture. And yet, the greatest pain and heaviest weight was the carrying of the guilt and shame of our sins! This purposeful and willing act of our Lord is simply incomprehensible to our finite human minds- the holy one carrying our debts and paying the heavy price of our sins. We can only fall in awe and immense gratefulness at the feet of our beloved Lord and Savior.

But the cross was not the end. On the first day of the week, just as He had said and promised, He resurrected! He resurrected because He has the power to “lay down His life and take it up again.”

This Easter it is my prayer that you keep two things in mind. First, that Jesus is in total control of all things. There is nothing in your life, no matter how small,  that He is not aware of. Jesus is in control of every aspect of your life and mine, including the ministry that He has entrusted to you. I know that perhaps many who are reading these words are pastors, leaders, and volunteers in the Church. I know there are expectations, goals, and commitments to fulfill this week, but let us not forget that the result of all our efforts is in the hands of our beloved Lord. We wouldn’t want it any other way!

As a pastor, I care about my church. I am hurt by their pain, and sometimes my heart may even be burdened by the things they go through, but in all this, I remember that the master shepherd is Jesus and that He is in control of everything. So, I tell you with love and humility, rest in Jesus!

Secondly, remember that even if you are going through, have gone through, or will go through pain in the near future, this does not at any time represent that Jesus is not in control of all things. With over 20 years of pastoring and 35 years of being a Christian, I know that pain is part of God’s plan for our lives. It is through pain that I have learned the greatest lessons of my life, and although I do not want pain in my life or yours, I know that it will come. Pain has a way of bringing our pride in check, it reminds us of our limitations and weaknesses, and it helps us to keep dependent on the perfector of our salvation. Amidst the pain, we can choose to be comforted by our Lord’s peace and be reassured of his control over everything. In this world we will experience pain and tribulation, but we can keep peace because He has already overcome the world! (John 16:33)

So, this Easter, let us give thanks and praise our Lord, who is in control of everything, and if in his will he allows us to go through pain, remember that this fulfills his perfect purpose in us, too.

About the Author

Víctor Solórzano
Pastor, Iglesia Vida en Victoria

Víctor Solórzano is the founder and Pastor of Iglesia Vida en Victoria in the city of Bell Gardens, California. He has pastored Iglesia Vida En Victoria for the last 18 years. His great passions in ministry are discipleship and leadership development. He currently serves at the 2024 elected Vice President of the California Southern Baptist Convention. Pastor Victor serves to support pastoral ministry in different capacities. He has been happily married to his wife, Sara Solorzano for the last 15 years and they live in the LA county area.

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