Sunday, March 30, 2014

Who Is This Jesus?

"When He had finished praying, Jesus left with His disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was an olive grove, and He and His disciples went into it. 
Now Judas, who betrayed Him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with His disciples. So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to Him, went out and asked them, 'Who is it you want?'
'Jesus of Nazareth,' they replied.
'I am He,' Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, 'I am He,' they drew back and fell to the ground.
Again He asked them, 'Who is it you want?'
And they said, 'Jesus of Nazareth.'
'I told you that I am He,' Jesus answer. 'If you are looking for me, then let these men go.' This happened so that the words He had spoken would fulfilled: 'I have not lost one of those You gave me.'
Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.)
Jesus commanded Peter, 'Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?'"
~John 18:1-11

This is when Jesus is arrested. There is a lot going on here. Last Sunday we talked about what we see about Jesus in this passage and who He is.

Jesus is the King of kings! As the King of the universe He is sovereign over all things and has authority over all things. This passage clearly tells us that though it looked like Judas was in control, really Jesus is in control; "Knowing all that was going to happen". Jesus came to earth to die for sinners. That was His mission. We see His authority by the response of all those who came to arrest Him. When Jesus declared, "I am He" everyone bowed before Him. EVERYONE! Jesus is God and worthy of worship.

Jesus is the Friend of sinners! He protects His disciples as everyone of them get away in spite being surrounded by soldiers. They scattered and fled, but no one was arrested, hurt or killed. Jesus protected His own. We see the promise, too, that He will not lose any that the Father has given to Him. His disciples got away to spread the Good News of Salvation, that we today might know the Truth and be saved. Jesus calls sinners to Himself, though we don't deserve it. Thank You Jesus!

Jesus is the Savior of all! Jesus suffered in our place. He took the death we deserved and let us go free. He is our Substitution. He is also our atonement. Jesus atones for sins by His death. He drank the full cup of wrath for us so that we will not have to endure God's wrath. Jesus was crucified for me.
Thank You Jesus!

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