Praying according to the will of God and reveals that they were were in eternal, loving community prior to the creation of the world – why would He create? He did not need community – as if we provide Him with anything that He is lacking! He created to display His glory: “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24 ESV).
How did Jesus extend mercy and grace to Judas, whom he knew would betray Him? It is only because He trusted in God’s sovereign control over all things. As we submit and follow God’s plans, it is easier to extend grace because we see a bigger picture, the world is no longer just about us and our plans – it is about God and His plans. And God is in control of those plans. “Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him” (John 18:4 ESV)
Jesus accepts God’s plan for His life – do you? ““Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”” (John 18:11 ESV)
Caiaphas is pawn in the hands of God. “It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.” (John 18:14 ESV)
How does the Creator of all things allow His creation to hit him. Wow! Power under control, meekness is portrayed. Only powered by love, mercy and grace. The mission was ultimate, not his own life. Jesus is the high priest (see Hebrews 4:14-15)! “When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?”” (John 18:22–23 ESV)