Category : Encouragement
Daily Bible Reading Day 87: Exodus 39/John 18
The tabernacle was finally completed. Every detail that God instructed to Moses was executed well by the people. Moses blessed them for all of the hard work. Moses entrusted the people with huge responsibility to complete the tabernacle correctly. And God was pleased.
Jesus knew Judas was the disciple who would betray Him. The time had now come for Judas to sell out Jesus. There religious leaders and guards came to arrest Jesus and take Him away for trial. Jesus asked them who they came for. They said, “Jesus of Nazareth”. And Jesus replied, “I am he”. This was His declaration that He was God.
Peter tried to stop the arrest. He drew his sword and cut off an ear of one of the guards. Jesus stopped anymore damage. It was difficult for these disciples to see the man they have come to love, serve and trust to be arrested.
God always has a plan even if we don’t understand it. We should not take matters into our own hands. We need to hear from God.
Jesus did tell Peter he would deny him 3 times. We never think we would deny Jesus, but when things get tough and uncomfortable we may be in the same situation. Stand on guard for God no matter what.
Two high priest, Annas and Caiaphas, were there to question Jesus. First Annas heard him and then Jesus was taken to Caiaphas. All of this was done in the middle of the night. They truly had nothing on Jesus, but were building a false case against Him. These high priests only wanted to advance their political ambitions instead of listening to scripture and seeing the truth.
The disciples were hurting. Peter was asked if he knew Jesus and he denied knowing Him, just like Jesus said.
After the meetings with Annas and Caiaphas, they brought Jesus to Pilate. Pilate knew the religious leaders hated Jesus. However Pilate was not sure why Jesus was being arrested. The religious leaders tried to convince Pilate that Jesus was claiming to be their King, their Messiah. Pilate asked Jesus and Jesus said He was King but for another world.
Pilate found Jesus to be innocent. But instead of releasing Jesus, he tried to have them do the deciding. Pilate asked to release Jesus or someone else and the Jews asks for the murderer, Barabbas, instead of Jesus.