Who Is In Charge Anyway?

By , September 29, 2016

“You would have no power over me
if it were not given to you from above.”
John 19:11 (NIV)

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Jesus was on trial for His life. Pilate, the judge, had asked Jesus where He was from. Jesus did not answer him. Pilate was afraid of this prisoner and very upset at the dilemma he was in. The crowd outside clamoured for Jesus’ death but Pilate knew Jesus was not guilty of a serious crime.

Pilate’s sense of justice was in a battle with his sense of expediency in the matter. He desperately wished to release the prisoner but also wished to appease the crowd outside who cried for the man’s blood.

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Behind Closed Doors

By , September 28, 2016

“Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.”
John 19:1

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I have an expression that I sometimes use with people. “There can be a lot of pain behind a smile.” It is difficult to know the torment that some people endure in life simply because it occurs behind closed doors where only the family can see. The person in pain puts on a brave front before the public and then goes home to chaos and sorrow. They do not wish to make public their issues lest it make things worse.

I recall a minister once who confessed in confidence to a leader in his church a struggle he was having. He was making a cry for help. The church leader did not try to help him but instead publicly exposed the poor man’s problem and had him put out of the ministry.

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Tattletales

By , September 27, 2016

“Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus
about his disciples and his teaching.”
John 18:19 (NIV)

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Have you ever been snitched on? Has someone told things about you that got you into trouble? Well the situation in which Jesus finds himself when He was before Annas the high priest was one where He was prodded to “snitch” on His followers.

Jesus had just been arrested and brought before Annas who was the real head of the Jewish nation in Jesus’ time. Annas asked Jesus for a membership list of His followers and also for a statement of His doctrine.

Jesus was not one to “tattle” on his followers and totally ignores the part of Annas’ question concerning who were His disciples. The point here is that Jesus was, and still is, in the business of protecting His followers, and not exposing them to serious danger that could bring about their ruin.

Jesus had plans for His followers to preach throughout the known world the message about Him. That plan was not to be foiled by some enemy of His children. Jesus knew that the time would come for his disciples to suffer, and some to even die for Him, but it was not to be now. So He remained silent about who followed Him.

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He Knows Our Limits

By , September 26, 2016

“…let these men go.”
John 18:8 (NIV)

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Do you know your limits? Sometimes you do and sometimes you do not. Recently, when staying with a friend of mine he told me about climbing up Mt. Kilimanjaro to the very peak with a group of people led by experienced guides. The intended climb was to take them up to the 19,340 foot high peak on the highest free standing mountain in the world.

My friend and his wife are in superb physical condition and were physically fit for the ascent. He spoke to me of the psychological battles they felt as they experienced altitude sickness which is caused by the low levels of oxygen at higher altitudes.

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Can I Help You?

By , September 25, 2016

“Jesus…went out and asked them, ‘Who is it you want?’”
John 18:4 (NIV)

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Jesus and the eleven disciples had left the Upper Room and gone to the sacred place of prayer where He and they had often gone to pray when in Jerusalem. Judas, the twelfth apostle was off doing his infamous deed of betrayal.

When they entered the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus had dropped off eight of the apostles and took Peter, James, and John farther into the recesses of the place and spoke to them.

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