In the song, “The Victor” by Keith Green, one of the verses says, “His plan of battle, you know it fooled them all.”
As Jesus Christ was being hauled away to the authorities, bound in chains to be condemned by Pontius Pilate, it must’ve really shaken those who knew Him. On the surface, many must’ve thought of His end on the cross as a complete failure.
Certainly the authorities of the day hoped that would be the case. They had seen this so many times before — another ‘local yokel’ claiming to be God’s Messiah / God’s Anointed One. They knew the routine well: False messiah arrives on the scene and draws a following of people. False messiah is put to death and his followers scatter. Thus ends another pitiful attempt at an insurrection to overthrow the government.
There was no reason for unbelievers to suspect this Man from Galilee wouldn’t suffer the same fate. But the Bible tells us,
But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled (Matthew 26:56).
With the disciples scattered, and Jesus on a cross — it certainly might cause one to think His end was just like all the others — a total failure. Oh, but how wrong they were! They didn’t understand the battle plan to victory! The authorities attempted to prevent an insurrection, but they couldn’t stop a resurrection!
Death could not hold Jesus Christ! He emerged from that tomb as the victor that Sunday morning! What a glorious plan after all! The angels even had to explain it to the disciples, “He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again” (Luke 24:6-7).
Suddenly, it all began to become clear. Jesus wasn’t a failure at all. He was/is the victorious champion of the human race. And that victory continues to this very day and will throughout eternity.
Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:3-4).