“I am telling you this now, before it takes place that you may believe that I am he.”-John 13:19
Jesus never questioned his identity or purpose. He came to usher in his Kingdom, which was unlike anything people had ever seen or imagined. He taught his followers what it meant to live Kingdom lives and die kingdom deaths. Ultimately, he willingly went to the cross where he bore the sins of the world.
We should not be surprised that Jesus knew the story line. He knew his betrayer was in the wings, not only because he was God incarnate, but because he knew the scriptures. Even though he understood what was coming, he was also planting seeds of faith for his followers, so that in the midst of the coming chaos and confusion, they would remember what he said and trust the redemptive process. Confusion still happens in our lives, but Jesus knows the road ahead. Like the disciples, he asks us to remember and follow.
Jesus, you regularly reminded your followers who you are and that all Scripture tells your story. When the way forward seems unsure, we often feel doubt. Forgive our doubts and help us to trust and remember. Amen.