Jesus’s actions on earth were not the actions of resistance or weakness, but rather His actions were those of meekness (power under control).
Jesus was born on the earth and willingly lived among us for roughly 30 years, at which point “…Jesus Himself began His ministry” Luk 3:23
Through the course of His ministry, Jesus made more than a few people angry, angry enough to attempt to kill him. Their attempts, however, proved futile.
Luk 4:28-29 “So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.”
This is a mob of angry people bent on throwing Jesus off a cliff. Yet Jesus walks away unscathed.
Several times in the Gospels it talks about plots against Jesus and the people trying to lay their hands on Him to kill Him. (Mat 12:14, John 11: 53, John 7:44, John 8:20) Yet Jesus says, “My time has not yet fully come.” John 7:8
Mat 1:20-21 “…an angel of the Lord appeared…saying, “…you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” Luk 1:35 “And the angel answered and said to her, “…who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
John 5:19-24 “Then Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner….Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
Jesus also makes these statements in the temple about Himself.
John 8:21-23 Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come….You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
In Mat 26:26-28 Jesus is presents the Passover to His disciples and He speaks of Himself as the Passover bread and His blood as the blood of the Passover lamb. They then go out to the garden where He is betrayed (I find it interesting He brings this all back to a garden—I think reminiscent of the Garden of Eden where mankind first betrayed Him), and there He waits, knowing He will be betrayed.
Mat 26:50-54 “…they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?’”
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He’s established His ability to escape a crowd. He’s told them His time was not yet come, setting forth that there would be a time when His time would come. He’s established He is the Son of God. He’s spoken of His intentions to be the Passover Lamb. He doesn’t slip away. He does not call down legions. He lets them take him away. And then on the cross notice the wording.
Mat 27:50 “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, ‘Truly this was the Son of God!’”
These are not the actions of resistance but of meekness.
Jesus was sent as a willing Sacrifice for the remission/atonement of our sins.
Even alive on earth, Jesus did not have to fear death. He had done nothing wrong. He was perfect and wholly without sin. He would not have had to die at all. The judgement of death was not upon Him. Heaven was not barred to Him. He could have come and gone between Heaven and Earth whenever He pleased. He chose what He did not because He had to but because it was His and the Father’s will to redeem us. We are freed from sin, because of Jesus’s willing blood sacrifice for us.
John 10:11-18 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep…. I lay down My life for the sheep…. I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”