Last night I started a 3 part mini-series with the Crosstrainers. With the celebration of Easter fresh in our minds I believe it is a good time to look at not just the crucifixion and resurrection but to also take a look at the events surrounding them.
The whole idea of “Jesus Knows” is that Jesus didn’t die because He was in the wrong place at the wrong time; He knew it was going to happen and even had the power to get away. His death was ordained by God so we could be made right by Him.
Text: John 18:1-11
- Jesus faced the Father’s will with confidence
- He finishes His direction to the disciples and does not linger, He makes it a point to go where He will meet His captures
- Jesus did not lead the disciples to an unfamiliar location in an attempt to dodge the soldiers
- Jesus did not run when confronted
- Jesus did not hide but took the initiative…Jesus was the first one to speak, no soldier or religious leader spoke before Jesus
- Even when at the sound of His name all those around Him fell, He again assures that He is the one they are looking for
- Jesus did not falter when those closest to Him ran
- Jesus frees His disciples
- Disciples flee
- Judas kills himself/Peter, while confident when he was with Jesus’ followers, alone he struggles and denies Christ
So here are some “Reflection” thoughts:
- Peter was strongest when he was with those that shared his love for Jesus, but when he was alone he often faltered. Do you find yourself like Peter when you are alone left to stand for your faith? What can help you in times like this?
- Jesus faced his captures with compassion, patience, selflessness, boldness, etc. When you face people challenging your beliefs, how do you respond?
- Paul challenges in 1 Corinthians 11: 1 to imitate him as he imitates Christ. Do you know the Jesus of the Bible? What can you do to better get to know your Savior, Jesus Christ?