The Trial . . . What Jesus Doesn’t Say

Eyewitness Stories: John 18:33
Message: Matthew 26:63,64
In Your Bible: Lev 24:6; Matthew 26:63, 64; Mark:1-5; Luke 23:1-16; John 18:13-38; 15-18 and 24-27.

It seemed strange for Jesus to allow soldiers to capture him at Gethsemane and lead him away. Also strange to allow two powerful leaders to take him to trial. But, Jesus did not argue the absurd case against him. He knew his time on earth would soon come to an end. And the next step was what the Father asked of him. Yes, he did it for all mankind.

Before the High Priest

During the time of his trial before the high priest and Roman governor, the words Jesus did not say, were as important as those he did! He’d spoken openly for years, why arrest him now? The words he said now dumbfounded the Jewish officials.

People gave false testimony, but that failed to convince Caiaphas. The chief priest said, “I command you by authority of the living God to say if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus was curt: “You yourself said it. And that is not all, soon you will see it for yourself: The Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Mighty One, arriving on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:63, 64 Message).

Before Pilot

Pilot asked Jesus, if he was the King of the Jews. Jesus replied, Is that your own question, or have others told you about me?” (John 18:33 Eyewitness Stories). Jesus told the Jewish high priest little more than he told the Roman officials who had authority to kill him.

Now Jesus was to take next step the Father asked of him. Yes, he did it for all mankind.

Prayer: Father, thank you for Jesus and his steadfast willingness to follow your path to the cross for me.

Questions: If you were accused of a crime you didn’t commit, how would you respond to false accusations during your trial? What would you expect Jesus to say at his trial?

Gethsemane

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Eyewitness: p.234
Eyewitness Stories: Matthew 26:39
The Message: Mark 14:32-36; Luke 22:43,44
In Your Bible: Mark 14:32-36

At Gethsemane, Jesus took the disciples aside with him to pray. This would be the last time he’d speak with them prior to the daunting task he would meet at the cross. At this critical time, he needed to affirm what the Father wanted. Jesus did what we should do—we too should ask what God wants of us.

Jesus’ Earnest Prayer

The Master took those closest to him (James, Peter, and John) further aside, to be nearer in this difficult time. These three had seen his glory at the Transfiguration and would now see his suffering at Gethsemane.  “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” (Mark 14:34 Message).

Now we see the intimacy of his plea to the Father . . . “He went about a stone’s throw away, fell to his knees, face to the ground, and prayed [emphasis mine]. ‘My Father, everything is possible for you. Let me escape this suffering. Nevertheless, I want your will, not mine’” (Matthew 26:39 Eyewitness Stories).

The Disciples Failed In Their Vigil

  • Jesus prayed then stopped and returned to the disciples, but found them asleep. He chastened them.
  • He returned to pray, then went back and found them asleep again!
  • He returned to pray, a third time and returned to find them asleep!
  • Jesus chastened them, told them to get up and leave Gethsemane with him because his time had come.

Help From An Angel

Only in the Gospel of Luke do we find God sending an angel to comfort and help to his Son. Selah. “At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face” (Luke 22:43,44 Message).

At Gethsemane, Jesus’ deep intimate prayer was interrupted by the disciples’ physical inability to stay alert and wait for him. This should be a notice for believers today to be strong in prayer and not slumber in it! Jesus did what we should do—we too should ask what God wants of us.

Prayer: Father, I need your help to be steadfast in prayer. Please help me.

Question: How do you feel about falling asleep when you pray? It is human to do so, but yes, we feel guilty, don’t we? The Spirit will help in overcoming our weaknesses. Can Jesus can help us be more diligent here? YES.

Pray For This Election

Today eligible citizens of the United States of America have the Constitutional Right to vote. Voters can select their choice for President, Congressional leaders, state and local leaders and judges.

Pray before selection of each candidate, for they serve as your representatives and leaders to choose the path of this nation for years to come.

PRAYER and seeking God’s choice is paramount today. PRAY, PRAY and PRAY for the nation.

The Apostle Paul states it clearly . . . “Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment” (Romans 13:1 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition).

PRAY—VOTE—PRAY

Jesus Prayer in John 17 – Part Four

Eyewitness: p. 233
Eyewitness Stories: John 17: 20-26
Message: John 17: 20-21
NLT: John 17: 22,23
In Your Bible; John 17: 20-26

Jesus prayed for all believers. Wow! He made sure everyone knew this was a special relationship that would carry on after he left. He wants all who believe to be one with him. When believers recognize the full meaning of this relationship it will inspire them.

Every Believer Who Receives Jesus

Jesus’ prayer is specific and very meaningful for us. Some think Jesus’ prayer is only for this small group of his disciples. That’s just the beginning. I believe it includes everyone today who is discipled in God’s Word and through the work of the Holy Spirit!

Jesus said, “I’m praying not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me because of them and their witness about me. The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you. . . (John 17:20,21 Message).

Unity

Jesus talks with the Father . . .  “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.  I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them, as much as you love me” (John 17:22,23 NLT).

This unity is possible through the Holy Spirit who binds all believers together in love. It’s important—critical—to know that God loves every believer. It’s not about how much we love God. It is that he loved us before we even know him! Selah.

Future Glory

Jesus continues . . . “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I do. And these disciples know you have sent me. I have shown them who you are and will continue to make you known so your love for me will be in them and I will be in them” (John 17:25,26 Eyewitness Stories).

When believers recognize the full meaning of this relationship it will inspire them.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the bond/seal of unity through the Holy Spirit.

Questions: What does it mean to you to be one with Jesus? How can you use these verses (John 17:25,26) to encourage others that they can be stronger in relationship to God?