Jesus Yielded to His Father’s Will
Book of John Chapter 18
One thing we should be very clear on is that, Jesus Christ was never a victim of circumstances. Jesus led His life in direct obedience to His heavenly Father and He is our example that we are to do the same!
Another truth we must realize is that God has a plan for every life!
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
We already know that God the Father sent God the Son to this earth to die for our sins and reconcile us back to God.
It is also written, that God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is to be our example as One who was completely obedient to our Heavenly Father.
Jesus Christ is our example of absolute surrender to Our Heavenly Father.
*****Joh 18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.
Since that last supper and all those lessons we have learned in between, Jesus and those 11 disciples had finally arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus knew exactly what He was doing and exactly what time to do these things.
We know for a fact the Jesus is never late for He is always on time even in His death!
We should understand that the Kedron Brook was a black, foul smelling brook or creek that carried all the filth of Jerusalem into the Dead Sea including all the blood sacrifices from the Temple.
This is the same brook that the prophet said Jesus was to drink thereof, meaning He carried all the sin for the filth of this world and nailed it to His cross.
Psa 110:7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.
This place is also called the Valley of Jehoshaphat by the Prophets.
Joe 3:1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
Joe 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
None of these men understood these prophecies but Jesus knew that Judas the Betrayer was very familiar with this Garden.
*****Joh 18:2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.
Joh 18:3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.
This was the hour that His Father had called Him, and the hour of His death was approaching rapidly.
Jesus also knew that His Father would have to forsake Him for a moment in time, because He would carry all the filth of the world upon His own shoulders.
In order for all these things to take place, Jesus needed His Father’s help.
All the “Gospels” but John, showed the agony that the Lord went through during this time. John teaches us that Jesus was totally devoted to the will of His Father.
*****Joh 18:4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
Joh 18:5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
Joh 18:6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
The Passover takes place when the moon is full, but we see that Jesus made no attempt to hide from these men.
A band of the Roman guard could be from 200 to 600 men but there were also the Temple police and Judas, and they had torches, lanterns, and weapons expecting Jesus to flee from them, but they were wrong in this. Jesus stepped forward in full view!
They may have anticipated that Jesus was gathering together men to defend His kingdom but that is a whole other time.
Jesus knew everything that was about to happen to Him.
Jesus was ready, willing, and able to die for our sins!
When they called for Yeshua, Jesus stepped forward and said, “I Am” He!
John could not help but to tell us that Judas the traitor was also there with these men!
Just at the authority of these words of Christ this entire group of men fell to their knees.
Psa 27:2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
There should be no doubt to anyone that the Lord Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be taken prisoner also becoming the focus of attention allowing His disciples the opportunity to escape. This was at least as important, or the church could not have begun had these men been captured at this time.
It is very possible that this was to Judas, his last chance to repent!
Also there was probably some confusion amongst these men.
So Jesus asked them again.
*****Joh 18:7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.
Joh 18:8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
Joh 18:9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
They had been sent to arrest Jesus the Nazarene and so Jesus made certain that they knew it was He that they had come for.
1) The first thing we notice is that without understanding, this mob began to obey the things Jesus said to do.
2) The second thing we notice is, that Jesus will never lose any of His disciples, we are all secure in Christ Jesus.
We should understand that it was Christ alone who suffered and died for our sins. Had any of His disciples had to suffer and die at this time then it could not be said that Jesus was the only one who suffered and died for our sins.
We know that not even Peter was seized when he had cut off the ear of Malchus.
It seems like none of these men were willing to defy the commands of the Lord. He was not pleading with them, He was commanding them to leave His disciples alone and take only Him.
It is certain that these disciples were in imminent danger that ended with the Words of our Lord Jesus!
Then John gives us one more reason none of the disciples were captured:
Joh 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
We can readily see that we need to pay attention to the Words of the Lord!
Jesus was taken by this mob first to Annas and then to the High Priest
*****Joh 18:19 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
Joh 18:20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
Annas, who had been the High Priest, was the father-in-law to Caiaphas the High Priest at this time. Annas had somehow been able to hold on to the power of the High Priest through his son-in-law and then three other sons and at least one grandson, for many years.
Luk 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
Act 4:5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
Act 4:6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
Anything or anyone who could affect this relationship with Rome was truly an enemy of these evil men.
Annas held a great authority in Israel at this time, even though he was detested by the people.
We could say that this evil man was another one who was used to fulfill the Word of God just as it was written!
It was Annas who owned the Bazaars that were set up on Temple grounds that sold animals for sacrifice and stalls for money changers.
Annas first questioned Jesus about His disciples, but Jesus would not respond.
Annas then questioned Jesus about His doctrine.
The Lord Jesus responded by saying, He had no secret doctrine. Everything He had taught His disciples, He had also preached in public.
No doubt Jesus recognized the spies that had been sent to keep an eye on Him and Jesus simply said, “ask them”.
*****Joh 18:21 Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.
The Lord Jesus Christ refused to answer foolish questions that had no meaning.
Have you noticed that the Lord refuses to respond at all, if we are too ignorant to believe what He has said.
Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Psa 22:24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
One of the most foolish things we can do is pray without “Faith”!
When we reject the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have crossed a line that many will never cross to return to the truth!
The one sin that cannot be forgiven is the sin of unbelief!
When we ask of the Doctrine of Jesus Christ, we will get an answer, faith must be in the answer!
When we do not allow Jesus to prove He is who He says He is, we have already rejected His proof.
When we do not allow Jesus to justify His claims, we have rejected God!
When we do not believe that Jesus has the answers to life and abundant life, then we deserve Hell!
Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Joh 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
Joh 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
When the world rejects the truth it causes hatred to the truth!
When the sin of the world is pointed out the world answers with hatred and much more evil!
*****Joh 18:22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?
Joh 18:23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?
We should also understand that under Jewish Law a person never had to admit their guilt. That burden was entirely in the hands of those who were trying to bring some one, to justice.
This trial of the Lord Jesus Christ was a mockery to Jewish Law!
It was also illegal to have a night court. All criminals were to be tried during the daylight hours in full view of the public.
They had first met in the living quarters of Annas, also breaking the law. All cases were to be tried in the courtroom of the Sanhedrin.
It was also so Passover week and no trials were to take place during this time of festivities.
The truth is these leaders were only trying to devise charges that would condemn Jesus to death.
To these hard-line Jew, Jesus was guilty of blasphemy, because He said He was equal with God. In Jewish Law, he would be stoned to death.
Under Roman Law Jesus would go to the Cross for insurrection against the government of Rome because He was the King of the Jews and this brought the death penalty by crucifixion.
If the Romans could be convinced that Jesus was trying to become King of the Jews, then insurrection would bring the death penalty!
Jesus was innocent of all charges!
No matter what the Jews thought, they knew that this evil world would never accept Jesus as God nor King of the World.
The world stood up and slapped Jesus in the face and are still doing this today!
The Jews in the general public, again denied their own prophets and listened to men who were hypocrites.
The truth is religion allows mankind to continue in his own ways and pretty much do as they please and reject that any god should interfere in their lives.
This world has never gotten better it has gotten worse than this picture of the world at the trial of Jesus.
2Ti_3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
When we expect more from our world, we are deceiving our own selves!
Just today I read where the head of the Catholic Church in California said that there was more than one way to get to Heaven. He showed his foolishness!
Religion will take you to Hell!
Today far too many are willing to sacrifice the truth, just so they are not seen as the enemy of the world.
The world has been on trial since this trial of Jesus and the world continues to come up short, because the world rejects the truth!
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Jesus continues to tell the world if He is a liar then the world is right but if Jesus is the truth then why beat on our Savior.
Before there could be any discussion, Annas sent Jesus bound as a criminal to Caiaphas the High Priest of that day who obeyed his father-in-law rather than God!
Peter was a witness, but Peter was denying our Savior.
Jesus was then led into the “Judgment Hall” of Pilate but they would not enter because they would not be able to partake in the Passover Meal if they defiled themselves with these Gentiles.
You see the Passover meal could not be eaten until the Passover Lamb was killed.
This was the only law of Moses that they had tried to keep on this day.
We already know that if you choose the Law then you have to follow all the Law.
Pilate went out to them.
*****Joh 18:29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?
Joh 18:30 They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee.
Pilate was the Roman procurator which meant that he was directly responsible to the Emperor for the administration and the financial management of all Judea.
The Jews despised Pilate and Pilate despised the Jews!
One of the many reasons Pilate was so hated was that he had started a new water project, but he had stolen the funds for it from the Temple.
Annas and his sons had gotten riches from the Temple themselves. No love lost between these men.
One crook robbing another crook!
These also had the same hatred for Jesus, and they insisted to Pilate that if, Jesus was not guilty then they would not have brought Jesus to him.
We might want to understand that these hard-line Jews, had threatened to report Pilate to Caesar many times but up to now they had not done so and to do this could cost Pilate his job. They held this over the head of Pilate.
The truth we can understand as Christians, no one has the right to “judge” God!
The story of Jesus was one and it was simple.
God had sent His Son into this world to save the world from itself!
God has the only right to “judge” this world.
Joh 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
Joh 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Joh 8:25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.
Joh 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
Malefactor means a criminal. Jesus had been tried in an illegal court, under illegal conditions, and sentenced to death for being innocent of all charges.
Pilate first wanted nothing to do with this travesty of justice.
*****Joh 18:31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:
Joh 18:32 That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.
Just that very year, Rome had taken away the power of these Jews to carry out capitol, punishment or Jesus would never have reached this point. These Jews would have already murdered Him!
It is amazing how God the Father stays in silent control of this world!
And the real truth is that these Jews had to force Rome to crucify Jesus with lies and threats!
The Jews were not allowed to execute anyone on the Sabbath, but this also included all “feast days”.
The Lord had already said “If I be lifted up”:
Joh_12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Joh 12:33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
We should all be able to see that in all these steps to the cross, the Lord knew all along how these things would happen and Jesus did not need to speak at all!
We should also be able to see that the Roman domination of our world at this particular time was used to fulfill the promises of God!
We should not wonder if our Heavenly Father is in control of our world or at least that He knows what is going to happen before it happens!
Luk 9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luk 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
Then Pilate wanted to hear what Jesus had to say:
*****Joh 18:33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
Joh 18:34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
We must all understand that at the words of Jesus, we must all make a choice.
We will be held accountable for every decision we make about Jesus!
You see it is in our own heart that we must decide, if Jesus is who He says He is. We cannot just depend on what others have said!
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
We can be led to the Lord but only the Lord can save us! He will not unless He looks into our heart for the truth!
The Jews had already rejected the Lord Jesus, some even thinking He was the true Messiah.
Who does the world usually listen to? The man who is in power, or fame, and wealth.
This is still the truth of our world today.
I feel as if God is giving us one more chance to stand up for the truth in our world today. As Christians we have the power of influencing our government in the right way, but Christians will not vote the truth of the Scriptures or they will not vote at all.
They seem to forget that we will all stand before the Lord Jesus Christ one day, and He will judge only by the Word of God and not some butchered up version many use today!
Is Jesus the King of the Jews?
When the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth, after the rapture of the Church, He will set up His Kingdom and He will rule for 1000 years upon this earth.
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Zec 14:10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses.
Zec 14:11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
Zec 8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent of all charges brought against Him by these Jews!
*****Joh 18:35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
Joh 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Remember Pilate had no interest in Jewish questions because he despised the Jews.
Pilate did ask “what had Jesus done to turn these evil men against Him”?
Pilate had no understanding of Biblical things.
Pilate had no knowledge of a Messiah.
As far as Pilate was concerned, Caesar was the God of this world and in a sense, Pilate was right because Caesar was of the family of Satan.
As far as Pilate was concerned, he held the power of his master!
As far as Pilate was concerned, the Jews were the scum of the earth.
As far as Pilate was concerned, Jesus had to be guilty of something, but Jesus was innocent of all charges!
Jesus answered that He was not from this world!
There was no greater answer that could have been given!
Jesus had first come to this world to destroy the works of Satan, therefore providing salvation to each believer.
Jesus had come in peace and He could not be moved from His calling!
Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Pilate then asked, are you a king?
You see if Jesus declared to be a king then Pilate knew he could kill Jesus!
*****Joh 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Joh 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.
The fact remains that the flesh side of our Savior was a descendant of David and therefore, He was the true King of the Jews.
We also know because of a curse of God, Jesus would never sit on the throne, for Joseph was in the line of Solomon.
Jesus would be king because Mary was a descendant Nathan another son of David and therefore fulfill prophecy!
Jesus had not come into the world to take this position at this time.
Jesus had come to tell the world the truth of God!
All those who wanted to know the truth need only to listen to the Words of Jesus Christ!
The world is full of people searching for power and fame, wealth and possessions.
There is no path to peace that can also deliver these goals!
The only path to peace is to surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace!
By definition the truth is anything that is not false.
The truth is that Jesus Christ was our substitute who was nailed to the Cross and no one could take His place.
He came to die for me!
Jesus came to die for you!
Jesus Christ did everything His Father commanded Him to do, just as we are to do today!