John The Apostle, chapter 39

To: 11,640 Persons being made temples of God’s spirit: “Churches of God.”

7/1/18, God’s 4th month, Tammuz 18, 5778 until sunset.

     Jesus’ prayer to Our Father was in the presence of His apostles. They were beginning to understand His purpose more perfectly. Jesus’ prayer continues, now including we called out Believers IN.

      (John 17:20-21; “I am not praying only on their ’apostles  behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony, that they will all be One, just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent Me.”)

      How awesome that Jesus would pray for you and I in the present of His apostles. Note the oneness! “so the world would believe God the Father sent God the Son. No room for divided denominations in His family.

      (John 17:22-23; “The glory You gave to Me I have given to them, that they may be One just as We are OneI in them and you in Me – that they may be completely One, so that the world will know that You sent Me, and You have loved them just as You have loved Me.”)

      We believe it takes gifted spiritual understanding to digest this oneness. Jesus is asking His and Our Father to love us just as He loved Him.

      (John 17:24; “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, so that they can see My glory that You gave Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world.”)

      Once our Father opens our minds, we see God’s characteristics, oneness and planning all through scriptural text.”

      (John 17:25- “Righteous Father, even if the world does not know You, I know you, and these men know that You sent Me. I made known Your name to them and I will continue to make it known, so that the love You have loved Me with may be in them, and I may be in them.”

      It’s only through His gifted comforter, “His spirit” “His anointing” that we have this oneness. (Its evening after the Passover meal.)

      (John 18:1-9; “When He had said these things, Jesus went out with His disciples across the Kidron Valley. There was an orchard there, and He and his disciples went into it. (Now Judas, the one who betrayed Him, knew the place too, because Jesus had met there many times with His disciples.) So Judas obtained a squad of soldiers and some officers of the chief priests and Pharisees. They came to the orchard with lanterns and torches and weapons.

(4) Then Jesus, because He knew everything that was going to happen to Him, came and asked them, “Who are you looking for?” They replied, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He told them, “I am He.” (Now Judas, the one who betrayed him, was standing there with them.) (6) So when Jesus said to them, “I am He,” they retreated and fell to the ground. Then Jesus asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus replied, “I told you that I am He. If you are looking for me, let these men go.” He said this to fulfill the word He had spoken, “I have not lost a single one of those whom You gave Me.”

      (John 18:10-11; “Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, pulled it out and struck the high priest’s slave, cutting off his right ear. (Now the slave’s name was Malchus.) But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath! Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given Me?”)

      Such Godly love isn’t comprehended in our inherited fleshly nature.

      (John 18:12-14; “Then the squad of soldiers with their commanding officer and the officers of the Jewish leaders arrested Jesus and tied Him up. They brought him first to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. (Now it was Caiaphas who had advised the Jewish leaders that it was to their advantage that one man die for the people.)

Peter’s First Denial

      (John 18:15-18; Simon Peter and another disciple followed them as they brought Jesus to Annas. (Now the other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, and he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard.) But Simon Peter was left standing outside by the door. So the other disciple who was acquainted with the high priest came out and spoke to the slave girl who watched the door, and brought Peter inside. (17) The girl who was the doorkeeper said to Peter, “You’re not one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” He replied, “I am not.” (Now the slaves and the guards were standing around a charcoal fire they had made, warming themselves because it was cold. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.)

      (John 18:19-24; “While this was happening, the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples and about His teaching. Jesus replied, “I have spoken publicly to the world. I always taught in the synagogues and in the temple courts, where all the Jewish people assemble together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask Me? Ask those who heard what I said. They know what I said.” When Jesus had said this, one of the high priest’s officers who stood nearby struck Him on the face and said, “Is that the way you answer the high priest?” (23) Jesus replied, “If I have said something wrong, confirm what is wrong. But if I spoke correctly, why strike Me? Then Annas sent Him, still tied up, to Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter’s Second and Third Denials

      (John 18:25-27; “Meanwhile Simon Peter was standing in the courtyard warming himself. They said to him, “You aren’t one of His disciples too, are you?” Peter denied it: “I am not!” One of the high priest’s slaves, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the orchard with Him?” Then Peter denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.”) Then Jesus was Brought Before Pilate

      (John 18:28-32; Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s residence. (Now it was very early morning, “still the 14thd day of Nisan.” They did not go into the governor’s residence so they would not be ceremonially defiled, but could eat the Passover meal. (29) So Pilate came outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They replied, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed Him over to you.” (31) Pilate told them, “Take Him yourselves and pass judgment on Him according to your own law!” The Jewish leaders replied, “We cannot legally put anyone to death.” (This happened to fulfill the word Jesus had spoken when He indicated what kind of death He was going to die.”) Then Pilate began to Question Jesus

      (John 18:33-40; “So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about Me?” Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and your chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” (36) Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world. If My kingdom were from this world, My servants would be fighting to keep Me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, My kingdom is not from here.” Then Pilate said, “So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” (38) Pilate asked, “What is truth?” When he had said this he went back outside to the Jewish leaders and announced, “I find no basis for an accusation against Him. But it is your custom that I release one prisoner for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?” Then they shouted back, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” (Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.”)

      (John 19:1-7; “Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged severely. The soldiers braided a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they clothed Him in a purple robe. They came up to Him again and again and said, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they struck Him repeatedly in the face. (4) Again Pilate went out and said to the Jewish leaders, “Look, I am bringing Him out to you, so that you may know that I find no reason for an accusation against Him.” So Jesus came outside, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Look, here is the man!” When the chief priests and their officers saw Him, they shouted out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said, “You take Him and crucify Him! Certainly I find no reason for an accusation against Him!” (7) The Jewish leaders replied, “We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He claimed to be the Son of God!”)

      This world’s system of things is demonically led as was Babylon, the Chaldeans and Sodom and Gomorrah. (Babylon means confusion and the whole world is in a confused state because of people’s hostility toward God.

Jesus revealed His suffering through Isaiah long before.

       (Isaiah 52:13-15; “Look, My servant will succeed! He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted – (just as many were horrified by the sight of You) He was so disfigured He no longer looked like a man; His form was so marred He no longer looked human – so now He will startle many nations.

Kings will be shocked by His exaltation, for they will witness something unannounced to them, and they will understand something they had not heard about.”) Always study the whole. Jesus revealed the following.

      Isaiah 53:6-12; “All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack Him. (My sins, your sins is why Jesus suffered and died.) He was treated harshly and afflicted, but He did not even open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block, like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not even open His mouth. (8) He was led away after an unjust trial – but who even cared? Indeed He was cut off from the land of the living; because of the rebellion of His own people He was wounded. They intended to bury Him with criminals, but He ended up in a rich man’s tomb, because He had committed no violent deeds, nor had he spoken deceitfully. Though the Lord desired to crush Him and make Him ill, once restitution is made, He will see descendants and enjoy long life, and the Lord’s purpose will be accomplished through Him. (11) Having suffered, He will reflect on His work, He will be satisfied when He understands what He has done. “My servant will acquit many, for He carried their sins. So I will assign Him a portion with the multitudes, He will divide the spoils of victory with the powerful, because He willingly submitted to death and was numbered with the rebels, when He lifted up the sin of many and intervened on behalf of the rebels.”) Pray to understand Godly love.

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