Salutations. I’m reading through most of the New Testament, chapter by chapter, and logging some of my thoughts here in my journal. I continue this study, looking at the message of Salvation and John the Baptist’s Testamony. I highly encourage you to read God’s Word for yourself and share your thoughts!
In this chapter, Judus betrays Jesus to have him arrested. It interests me that Judus took armed guards. Certainly he knew, from years of walking with Jesus, that Jesus would not fight. Yet, in his sin, he clearly did not know. Lately, I have learned that those who do not know Jesus tend to be blind to His ways and completely misunderstand them. “The wisdom of God is foolishness to man.”
Peter denied Jesus three times. Much has been said about these passages. Peter’s faith crumbled in this dark hour, but later, he would be called the foundation and lead the new church.
Jesus is brought before the high priest, and Pilate. He answers their questions masterfully, usually with questions of His own. Yet, they could find no wrong in him. Pilate, confused, asked the Jesus which prisoner he should release, as once a year they would chose one. They chose Barabbas, a robber, over Jesus. This seems ludicrous, but how much more so do people chose the things of this world…including the filth and the trash, over Jesus?
Pilate continue to struggle over the question of what to do with Jesus Christ, yet the people demand his death. We see that today. People actively fight to kill Christianity as a whole. Most other religions (if not all), are pretty much tolerated and even celebrated in America. However, as a country, we seem to wage a war on Christ and all He stood for.
The gut wrenching death of our savior is detailed in this chapter. The pain and torture He endured to wash our sins should never be minimized. The Passion by Mel Brooks shows this process in excruciating detail. While I do not care for how some of the details were handled, that movie is excellent for showing the pain and agony that Christ endured for us. Also, I recommend Carman’s song, This Blood is For You.
The story of Jesus’ resurrection astounds me, as well. One of the amazing little details is that Jeses revealed himself to a woman, who went and told others. Back then, the idea that a woman knew something (of this magnitude) before anyone else was simply unheard of. Any many fake religions of that era, men pretty much do everything of God, but not in the Bible.
Jesus gave the disciples the Holy Spirit, and the power to forgive (and withhold forgiveness) of sin. Today, some churches feel they still have this authority through a priesthood lineage of some sort. Yet, the Bible never lays that out at all. In fact, it teaches about the priesthood of all saints. And while, today, we certainly stop short of forgiving sins, we teach about the forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Thomas doubted the news of Jesus, but Jesus convinced him when he showed eight days later. I love the passage that says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.”