Luke 13:33 (KJV) 33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem
Our Lord Jesus is intentional and purposeful in everything He does. He knew why He came. He came to seek and to save the lost, to give His life as a ransom for us. He kept going from place to place, preaching the Good News, healing the sick, delivering the oppressed. His plans are perfect. Even His death came at a perfect time, at a perfect place—Jerusalem. He’s never out of control. What was seemingly a very pitiful experience turned out to be surprisingly powerful.
God knows us; He knows our frame: our strength, our weaknesses; He knows our needs. He adjusts according to what’s necessary. In His plans, in God’s Kingdom, we never underestimate what may appear very small, and weak. Our patriarch Jacob, in wrestling with an interestingly “random” being who appeared out of nowhere got the blessing he demanded: “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed” (Genesis 32:28).
Many believe the Jacob encounter to be one of our Lord Jesus’ theophanies. God had a purpose; He made the necessary “accommodations” so as to allow Jacob to win. There, the “deceiver, heel-grabber, or supplanter” was turned to one “who prevails with God,” or “God fights,” or “God prevails.” There was something way much bigger than the “small” man Jacob. And the man Jacob wrestled with and beat; don’t be deceived, a simple touch on Jacob’s hips wrenched it out of its socket. Jacob knew this: “And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved (Genesis 32:30).
That’s how it is in the Kingdom, it’s not always as it appears. Jesus likened it to a mustard seed that becomes a huge tree; a yeast that permeates every part of the dough; a seed that continues to grow even while the farmer sleeps. Jesus resolutely faithfully ministered, and resolutely walked towards His destiny, a seeming defeat that we now know was a public display of His triumph over His enemies.