Summary: Part of a series on the Gospel of John. This message looks at the various reactions people had to Jesus and His Lordship.
He is Lord
There is a difference between actions and reactions
our actions tell a lot about us, but our actions can also be deceptive. The actions of the pharisees was deceptive, they played the part of being righteous like the best Broadway actors.
Our reactions tell the truth about us because they are not as easy to control. Like the way we react when someone cuts in front of us in line, when we are told that we don't have a reservation, or we are cut off in traffic. Its just like when the doctor takes that little rubber mallet and hits your knee, the reaction is your leg kicking up in the air. The doctor could just tell you to lift your leg but he wants to check your reaction.
In this passage today we see several different people and their reaction to the overwhelming evidence that Jesus Christ is Deity, that he is God in Flesh.
Jesus and his disciples have completed observing the passover feast, Judas has went to get the mob together to arrest Jesus and our Lord takes his disciples to the garden of Gethsemane
Whenever you study scripture, its very important to read it in context, not just the context of the one passage but the entire book. It was Johns goal in writing to convince us that Jesus Christ was deity, that he was Lord.
Jhn 20:30 ¶ And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
Jhn 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Because of that John focuses in this passage on the evidence that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Jesus went to this garden knowing that this would be the night of his arrest. In the book of Genesis Sin began in the Garden and how fitting that the end of sin would also begin in a garden.
None of what happened in this passage took Jesus by surprise. Regardless of what you have heard, the soul reason for Jesus being born was so that he might die and be the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. The Baby born in the manager was born with the cross in mind.
Jhn 12:27 ¶ Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
Jhn 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me.
Jhn 12:33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
Act 2:22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know--
Act 2:23 "this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. blog
-Judas comes with a whole band of soldiers and officials sent from the chief priest and the pharisees. This was somewhere between 600-1200 soldiers Even though it would have been a full moon this night, the passover is always observed during a full moon, they brought torches and lanterns and weapons
You see they didn't believe what we believe this morning, that Jesus Christ is Lord. They actually thought that they were coming to arrest him and take him by force they didn't know that Jesus' whole plan was to give his life for the sins of humanity
Jesus willing went forward to military thatblog came to arrest him and he asked them “Whom do you seek?” “Jesus of Nazareth” notice they didn't say that they came to seek Jesus the rabbi, or the Christ but Jesus of Nazareth.
Jhn 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
Jesus answered “I AM” the word he wasn't in the original Greek. Jesus again claiming to be the “I AM” of the Old Testament. When Moses asked God who shall I say has sent me.
John is again showing us that Jesus was in control of his life right up to the end. He even had control over the whole military knocking them to the ground. Its amazing to me that they got back and up and continued right on as though nothing had happened.
Its very important doctrinally for us to know that Jesus gave his life, they did not take it from him. Making Christ a willing sacrifice for our sin. He was not a victim to their scheme he was the victor over sin and Satan. John wanted us to know that even Judas was in the crowd that fell over backward because all power in heaven and earth belong unto him. He spoke and the worlds were created.