From a Roman census to a Roman cross. Were Jesus’ life and death dictated by politics or by God’s plan? How do the two intersect?
Hundreds of years before Rome became a force to be reckoned with, God told Micah (5:3) to write that the eternal Ruler of Israel would be born in Bethlehem. And long before that, God moved David to describe in detail the horrors of the crucifixion (Psalm 22).
I don’t pretend to understand how God weaves His sovereign will through the events and personalities of history, but I do know that God’s plan trumps all human schemes. Think how He used Pharaoh and the Assyrians, Cyrus, the Roman emperor and even Pontius Pilate—all proud and willful men who believed they were acting on their own.
So when the earthquakes and floods come, when evil people rule and oppress, when the world threatens to implode—God is not threatened. His plan is not thwarted. He is on His throne, and I am in His hands .