(40 verses, 3:25 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Annas, the high priest, and Pilate, governor of Judea, cannot answer and/or find no actual guilt in Jesus. Yet, it is expedient that the One should die for the many.
- The ESV headings are helpful.
- vv.1-11, Jesus’ betrayal and arrest.
- vv.12-14, Jesus is taken before Annas.
- vv.15-18, Meanwhile, Peter denies Jesus.
- vv.19-24, Annas questions Jesus (and can’t answer him back)
- vv.25-27, Again, Peter denies Him.
- vv.28-40, Jesus and Pilate.
- Caiaphas’ words, meant for evil, are turned to good. Jesus does in fact die for all.
- Jesus’ blood avails for all sinners everywhere. His sacrifice forgives all sin. This is Objective Justification, where God earns salvation for all. Compare Romans 3:22-24, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Romans 4:25, Romans 5:18-29. God gives this salvation to us (Subjective Justification) when we believe the Gospel.
- Annas has no answer for Jesus’ public teaching. There is irony here: they arrest Jesus, charge Him with blasphemy, strike him for being disrespectful to authority, and yet—Jesus is God who holds all authority.
- Pilate actual says: “I find no guilt in him.”
- We see from the words and actions of Annas and Pilate, as recorded in the Scripture, that they choose to kill an innocent man for self-gain. This kind of self-worship is blatant idolatry. We should confess our sins. Do better. And cling to our Lord Jesus Christ.
- This prayer, written by Pr. Ross, accompanied a previously posted meditation on John 18: “Lord Jesus, your kingdom is not of this world. You rule not from a throne, but from a cross. Everything that we would expect in a worldly king you turn on its head. Weakness rather than power, service rather than lordship, death rather than self-preservation, love rather than fear. All of this you have accomplished for us, that we would be reconciled to God. For these Lord, I thank you, and ask that your blessed Passion would be a source of comfort for me in the midst of so many trials. Amen.”
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Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt