“Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.” John 18:19 (NIV)
Have you ever been snitched on? Has someone told things about you that got you into trouble? Well the situation in which Jesus finds himself when He was before Annas the high priest was one where He was prodded to “snitch” on His followers.
Jesus had just been arrested and brought before Annas who was the real head of the Jewish nation in Jesus’ time. Annas asked Jesus for a membership list of His followers and also for a statement of His doctrine.
Jesus was not one to “tattle” on his followers and totally ignores the part of Annas’ question concerning who were His disciples. The point here is that Jesus was, and still is, in the business of protecting His followers, and not exposing them to serious danger that could bring about their ruin.
Jesus had plans for His followers to preach throughout the known world the message about Him. That plan was not to be foiled by some enemy of His children. Jesus knew that the time would come for his disciples to suffer, and some to even die for Him, but it was not to be now. So He remained silent about who followed Him.
Remaining silent in this court of law would cost Jesus a great deal but it was not His intention that the plan for His followers would be frustrated by an evil doer. Do you see that Jesus is prepared to pay any price to insure the protection of His people?
Certainly His work on the cross is the greatest display of His steadfast love for us. But other actions on His part such as this one before Annas make it clear He controls all things for our good regardless of what it costs Him.
A portion of a verse of an old hymn expresses the security of God’s children very well. It goes as follows:
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.
Do you have this kind of protection from Jesus? He only gives this care to those who are His followers. We are told in Scripture that all things work for the good of those who love God. We are not told that God interferes for good in the lives of those who ignore Him.
Do you find yourself in need of assistance beyond anything you can bring to the table? If you are a child of God remember that the greatest need you have is for a right relationship with God and that has been given to you. How will God not make provision for the lesser things if He has cared for the greatest so abundantly?
Come to the One who made you and all things and put your burden on His shoulders. Let Him carry you through this valley. He waits to hear from you. Come and come today.