“There they crucified Him” John 19:18

We continue our study of the Gospel of John.   Picking up at verse 16, of Chapter 19, we read these words written by John, who was an eye witness and saw it all.  He writes:

“Finally Pilate handed Him over to them to be crucified.  So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, He went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.)
There they crucified Him and with Him two others – one on each side and Jesus in the middle.”  (John 19: 16-18)
In our study, we have come to one of the most powerful visual events in the story of mankind, and God Almighty; showing the Love of our Abba Father, and our Messiah Christ Jesus for us, His Children:   The crucifixion of our Lord Jesus, the Man.
Crucifixion was the most horrible way to die being used by the Romans at that time. They used it as a way of control and intimidation.  By design, it was very long, drawn-out, and painful.  It was usually used for those with low status or someone who had committed a crime against the state. It was used to publically humiliate slaves and criminals; the person could last for days before dying.  In the case of Jesus, He had challenged the Roman supremacy by stating that He was King of the Jews.  At that point, it did not matter to the Jews what Pilate used, though they would ask HIm later to change the sign he had made that proclaimed Jesus to be their King – they just wanted Jesus dead, and out of the way.  It appears even though Pilate did not feel Jesus had done anything wrong, as in leading a rebellion, He handed Jesus over to the Jews to be crucified to appease them, and used this charge as justification to have Him executed.
There are some variations in the biblical accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus as we study the main 4 Gospels; such as John not saying anything about the Lord’s cross being carried part of the way by someone else.  But they all include the event. And though we Christians talk about Jesus being ‘nailed’ to the cross, none of the 4 Gospels say He was nailed.  At that time, a person could be nailed to the cross, or tied to the cross, so there is debate about it.  (The Nails symbolize His Passion.)  Though there was no mention of how the Lord was crucified in the Word, we see what we as believers  confirms nails being used by the words spoken by The Lord Jesus to Thomas who had said after the resurrection: “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands, and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe”  Later in the first week of His resurrection Jesus came and stood among the Disciples and said, “Peace be with you!”  Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”  (John 20: 24-27)
Therefore, we believe after receiving a horrible beating, Jesus allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross there at Golgotha, and to be crucified as our propitiation.  He took our place on that cross.  He died for us to set us free from sin, and death when we believe in Him.  Let us never take that incredible act of Love for granted.  His Beating, and Crucifixion could not have been more painful.   His resurrection three days later could not have been more beautiful. Let us give Him the praise and the love that amazing act of grace so deserves.  Let us share the Good News at every opportunity every day.  He loves us so. He showed us His unconditional Love, and glorious grace on the cross -let us show Him our love in return as we walk with Him in the Way, and represent His Love in this world.💚
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“Finally Pilate handed Him over to them to be crucified.” John 19:16

Carroll C.O Farmer poppafarmer@gmail.com

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I pray that everyone had a wonderful Christmas, as we celebrated the Birthday of our Christ, and had a delightful celebration of the arrival of the New Year, and New Decade. ..New opportunities to tell the world of the Love of God, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever  May each of you, and yours be blessed in all things, and in all ways, as we journey on, God’s Beloveds.

 We return to our study of the Gospel of John.  Jesus had finished the Passover Meal with His remaining Disciples after Judas had left to go betray Him.  That night Jesus was arrested and put before the Jewish Leadership who wanted to kill HIm but did not have the authority to do so.  They had to get the Romans to do it.  After several mock trials in front of the Jewish Leaders; the two High Priests, and the total Sanhedrin, they had Him now before Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea.  Pilate tried several times to get the Jews to release Jesus.  Pilate sent Him to Herod, the Ruler of Galilee since that is where Jesus was from.  Herod found no wrong in Him and sent Him back to Pilate.  The Jewish Leadership was demanding Pilate have Jesus crucified.  They told Pilate He claimed to be a King which would threaten Rome. Pilate offered to set Jesus free because of the custom of setting a prisoner free at Passover.  They demanded Barabbas instead.   Pilate thought he knew what they were doing, and had Jesus flogged hoping that would pacify them.  After the unmerciful beating, The Roman soldiers put a purple robe on him along with a crown of thorns and began saying, “Hail, king of the Jews” – mocking and ridiculing Jesus, and slapping His face. (little did they know God, Himself, stood before them)  Pilate then came out to the Jewish leaders saying, “You take HIm, and crucify Him.  As for me, I find no basis for a charge against Him.” The Jewish leaders told Pilate “We have a law, and according to that law, He must die because He claimed to be the Son of God.” ( Amen. Yes, He is. Yes He must.)
Pilate then went back inside the Palace to talk to Jesus but Jesus would not answer Him.  Pilate said, “Don’t you realize I have the power to free you or to crucify you?  Jesus said, “You would have no power over Me if it were not given to you from above…”  Pilate then went back outside where the Jewish Leaders were, as they continued to shout for crucifixion.  Pilate then brought Jesus out said, “Here is your king.”  Their reply was, “We have no king but Caesar.”  “Finally, Pilate handed Him over to them to be crucified.” (John 19: 1-16)
The will of the Lord will be done. Man can not stop it.  It may be delayed because of man, but the will of the Father will be done.  The Jewish Leaders did not realize what they were being used for. They were just determined to have Jesus killed because they did not want Him leading the people away from them.  They were jealous.  But the Plan of Salvation called for Jesus to die for our us, and take our sins away as our propitiation, our Messiah, our Savior; to cleanse us with His personal blood within, and without.  As they beat Him, the Word says by His blood we are healed -Body, Soul, and Spirit as it flows through our veins.   Abba Father knew we would fall, but that He would rescue us – at the beginning of creation. (Genesis 3). He spoke through His Prophet Isaiah to tell us how it would be in (Isaiah 53.) which was over 700 years before what was now happening.   As Pilate turned Jesus over to be crucified, Pilate did not realize He was part of the plan.
 So let us walk in peace with our Lord every day.  Let us relax and know that He has plans for each of us.  Plans to protect us, and to prosper us in all things and in all ways and tell and show us His unconditional Love through Jesus, the Christ  Let us remember we have a part to play in that plan for God’s Children.   Our part is to tell the Good News of how He loves us, and has a special plan for Each one of us.  It was put in place at the beginning of time to happen right now – 2020, and going forward. Your time to be in the game is Now.💚💚💚  The Lord is with you as you go on the field.
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“Sovereign Lord as You have promised.” Luke 2:29

HAPPY NEW YEAR.!!!

I pray that each of you had a wonderful Christmas as we celebrated the birthday of Jesus, our Christ, our Messiah, and that you are excited about the plan the Lord has for us as we go into the New Year.
Until Jesus comes again, we who believe in Him are privileged to celebrate the birth of the King; He who will deliver us totally from the evil that we face each day as we journey on.  There will be no evil in Heaven, so there will be no need to look for the fulfillment of the promises made to mankind that a Savior will come again when the time is set.   But for now we do. We must realize we are in a battle until He returns.   Our job is to believe that He will indeed return, (John 6:29) and that He has a reason, and a purpose for us being here until He does. Knowing His promises is what gives us peace, and power.
The Word says we are here by design.  It is our time.  The Word says in (Acts 17: 24 -26), “Our God who made the world, and everything in it, marked out our appointed time, and the places we would be.”  What we do with that time and place is left up to us, but He told us what to do.  We who believe that we are here for a reason knows it is to tell the Good News.  The Good News is He loves us unconditionally, whatever our past, and He wants us with Him in Heaven.  He has provided for that through Jesus, and we are to tell and show those around us in words and actions.
Jesus came to this earth as a Baby for those who were here at that time to see, and testify that He was, and is, the manifestation of God’s Love.  He is our Messiah – now and forever.   In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, we read of a man by the name of Simeon, who had been told by the Holy Spirit that He would see the Messiah before he died.  The Word says, “On the 8th day, Joseph and Mary had gone to the Temple to have Jesus circumcised as was required by the Law at that time. (Jesus totally fulfilled the Law.)  While they were there, Simeon came to where they were. Simeon took Jesus into his arms and praised God saying:
‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, You may dismiss Your servant in peace.  For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”  As the Lord had told the Shepherds on the night of His birth, and on the day of fulfilling the Law through circumcision, the Lord had told the prophets there, Simeon, and Anna, as He had told Joseph, and Mary, Jesus is our Savior. Even though the Good News is for all, He did not make it a large public announcement, He made it a selective announcement.  The Lord wants the Good News in the hands of the Holy Spirit, and those the Holy Spirit uses when and where He decides.  Sometimes it is one on one being told the Good News, sometimes it is thousands, sometimes it is millions. He makes the call. That is why the Disciples were told to wait on Him, and receive the power He brings to tell the Good News; and take it to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
As we begin our New Year, let us be open to the Lord using us to tell the Good News of the Love, and Grace of our Abba Father.  He has promised to be with us until the end of the age as we do.
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Merry Christmas, precious Children of God.

In our current Bible Study, we are in the Gospel of John, in chapter 19. The first verse of that chapter begins, “Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged.  The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head.  They clothed Him in a purple robe and went up to Him again and again, saying ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ And they slapped Him in the face.” (John 19:1-3)

Just 33 or so years before that, our Lord Jesus had been born into this world as the King of the Jews, the Messiah, the Savior, the Redeemer for us all.  His birth was miraculous as He was born of a virgin.  The Word says, “The Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel.”  (Isaiah 7:14)  (Matthew 1-23) Immanuel means: “God is with us”.
Before He was born, the angel of the Lord appeared to His Mother Mary, and earthly father, Joseph, and told them the name of that one being born of the virgin was to be ‘Jesus’, which is the Greek form of Joshua, which means ‘the Lord saves’.  And this he does.
On the 25th of this month, we who believe will celebrate the birthday of that man we call Jesus.  Opinions vary as to the correct date He was born on, but for those who believe, there is no doubt as to the fact that He was born, and why.  He came to save us from the sin and death that had captured our being when Adam failed God, and mankind.  One man, Adam, failed.  One man, Jesus, had been born to save us, and bring us back to the loving presence of our Abba Father.
Mary and Joseph were en-route to Bethlehem about this time in her pregnancy. They had been required to register for the census, but it was actually fulfilling the prophecy as to where the Savior would be born. (Matthew 2:6) (Micah 5:2)  When they arrived, there was no more room at the Inn because of the number of people coming in.  So they were provided some space in a manger there, and this is where our Lord Jesus was born.  The Angel of the Lord came to some Shepherds in the field around them and said, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you Good News that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you.  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-11)
We celebrate that life-changing event that did indeed change everything forever.  The Lord had come to live among us and be our Savior, our Messiah, our Lord.  He grew up without sin and began to display His miracles among men in His early thirties to show the world that His time had come to bring salvation to all who believe.  He taught that He and the Father are One, and that His job was to show the Love of the Father.  Many rejected Him, as is shown in the verse from John’s Gospel.  They slapped the face of God Almighty, but still He loved them.  Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” This was true – as it is today for so many.  They do not mean to slap our Lord in the face, but because they reject Him, they do.  Those who have found favor with our Lord, by believing in all that He is, and receive Him as Lord, have much to celebrate on the 25th.  He is the gift of gifts. He is Love.  Let us show that in every way to the world that He came to save. Merry Christmas.  He loves us So.
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“Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged.” John 19:1

As we continue our study of the Gospel of John, we pick up in chapter 18, verse 38.  Please accept my apology for the error in last week’s message.  I mistakenly marked the message as coming from chapter 19, when it was from chapter 18.  We do get into chapter 19 today, but last week we ended the message saying it was from 19:38, when it was actually from 18:38.  Anyway, let us go to 18:38 as Pilate was asking Jesus, the question of questions:  “What is truth?  John continues:

“With this Pilate went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, ‘I find no basis for a charge against this man.  But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover.  Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?’  They shouted back, ‘No, not Him!’  Give us Barabbas!’ Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.  Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged.”
(John 18:38 – 19:1)
Pilate thought having Jesus flogged might satisfy them. His wife had sent him a message earlier saying, “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of Him.” But the Jewish Leadership had one goal in mind that day.  As stated in Mattew 27, “Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the Elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed.”  They intended to kill HIm, but they had to have the Romans do it, because they were not allowed to.
We find the accounts of that morning that led to the crucifixion in Matthew 27, and Mark 15, and Luke 23, and of course here in John 19.  Each account adds to the picture of what was going on, and what was recorded as being said.  It is well worth our time to read each chapter listed if we can to get the full picture.
As Jesus was taken to be flogged, it was at this point where His blood began to flow.  The blood that washes us, and sets us free from sin and death. Blood that was shed by the perfect One for us. Blood that brings life into us, and upon us. Holy Blood that protects and provides.  That is why our Lord had to come to this earth as Son of Man, a man of flesh and blood that was just like us, but was without sin; the only man that ever lived that was. Though He never made a mistake or committed a sin of any kind, the scripture says, “Surely He took up our pain, and bore our suffering.”  Isaiah 53:4.  The flogging was terrible. History tells us that the whip they used had pieces of bone in the leather that would tear and rip the skin, to the point of exposing bone in the body.  I can only imagine the pain. But Jesus took that pain and suffering for us because He loves us, and that was why He was there.
Jesus was on a mission.  So are we.  Our mission is why we are here at this time in this place – destined to be here before the beginning of time. Jesus came to earth and took our place for the suffering that was caused when Adam fell because He loves us. He was the only One who could have done what He did.  We are here today to do what He has sent us to do, that is to share His Love, in His name, in the way He has designed for each of us to do.  He took our place at the flogging post.  He took our pain so that we could share His Love.  He loves us so. Let us share the Good News.
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“What is truth?” John 19:38

We continue our study of the Gospel of John.  The Lord had been arrested after He had taken the Pass-Over Meal with His disciples. After His arrest, He was taken to the High Priest, and to his son-in-law who was the previous High Priest, and then to Pilate, and then to Herod. Each time going through the attacks and accusations and lies of the Jewish Leaders.  As we pick back up, we find that Herod had sent Jesus, and His accusers back to Pilate.  Picking up at verse 33 of Chapter 19, we hear the Apostle John as he writes:

“Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked Him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’  ‘Is that your own idea,’ Jesus asked, ‘or did others talk to you about Me?’  ‘Am I a Jew?’ Pilate replied.  ‘Your own people and chief priests handed You over to me.  What is it You have done?’  Jesus replied, ‘My kingdom is not of this world.  If it were, My servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders.  But now My kingdom is from another place.’  ‘You are a king then!’ said Pilate.  Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth.  Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.’  ‘What is truth?’ retorted Pilate…”  John 19: 33 – 38
“What is truth?”  This question is what has divided God’s children into believers and non-believers.  Those who believe in God, and .those who do not. Those who believe in God, but not sure of how to have a relationship with HIm.   It has created debate over what sin is, and what is not sin.  It has created debate over when life begins within the womb and how long it should be protected if it is not wanted.  It has been a huge factor in how a child should be raised.  “What is truth,” has been the main reason we have over 600 denominations within the Christian Community. We cannot agree on what Jesus meant when He said something.  Of course we could go on and on citing the many questions in, and about life, and everything in it, and “What is truth”, but there will always be many answers until ‘Truth’ is believed and received.  Jesus is Truth.
In John 14:6, we see where Jesus said, “I AM the Truth, I AM the Way, I AM the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  He is the Way.  “He is LOVE.” 1 John 4:8   Until we come to the position we believe that HE is Truth, and that He is The Way, and The Life, there shall be debate.  Wars will be fought over it, lives will be sacrificed because of lack of belief in it, and the question will still remain.  In our scripture today, Jesus said, “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth.”  The Lord came to bring Truth.  Let us hear it, believe it, and walk in the grace of it today, and every day.
Jesus made a special trip to tell us, HE is Truth!!   HE is the Word, John 1:1, which is where we find Truth.  This is where we can converse, and commune with Him every day.  This is where we find the rest of why He came.  He said I am the Way,  He said my way is unconditional Love.  He said I died for you, and now I live for you that you might have Life, and have it abundantly.💚This is Truth.
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Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me.”

We continue our study of the Gospel of John.  Jesus and His Disciples had finished the Passover Meal and had gone to a garden near the place where they had celebrated.  Though Judas had left the celebration early to go get the prearranged detachment of soldiers, and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees, he knew where they would be when he returned.  As they approached Jesus, and those with Him, there was a short skirmish as Peter had pulled his sword to protect Jesus, and had cut off the ear of one of the high priest’s servants.  Jesus had told him to put it away, touched and healed the servant’s ear, and surrendered.  John writes:

“Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound Him and brought Him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the High Priest that year.  Simon Peter and another disciple, (John) were following Jesus. (All of the other disciples had left when Jesus asked that they be allowed to go when He was arrested.)  Because John knew the High Priest, He was allowed into Annas’ courtyard where they had taken Jesus.  Peter was not.  John then went to the servant girl on duty and got permission to let Peter in.  “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter. He replied, “I am not.”
 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples and His teaching in a mock trial.( He already had His mind made up.) Jesus told him He had taught openly in synagogues or at the temple.  He said, “Ask those who heard Me.  Surely they know what I said.”…An official slapped Jesus in the face accusing Him of disrespect.  Then Annas sent Jesus, bound, to Caiphas the high priest.
Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing in the courtyard warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of His disciples too, are you?” Peter denied it saying “I am not.”
One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off challenged him. “Didn’t I see you with Him in the garden?”  Peter began to swear and denied it again.  At that moment a rooster began to crow.”  John 18: 12 – 27.
Peter had told Jesus that night that He would give His life for Him.  He meant it. But Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me?  Verily truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown Me three times.” John 13: 37-38.
Jesus had also told Peter, and all who believed, then, and now: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God, believe also in Me.”  John 14:1.  He knew things would happen that would make it appear that He was not in control.  So He was telling them, and us, not to let their hearts be troubled.  He was telling them, and us, that we have control of how we will feel when trouble comes.  The enemy tries every day to steal our joy in the Lord, and will if we allow it.  But as we take charge, in the name of Jesus, the enemy has no power as we rebuke him.  As we stand firm in our faith, and in all ways believe in Christ, as we believe in God, trouble ultimately must go.  Even if we give in to the momentary loss of faith, the Lord understands and will bring us back to victory in Him – just as He did for Peter.   He is unconditional Love. He will never leave us or forsake us.  He is with us always.💚

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“Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?”

We continue our study of the Gospel of John.  Picking up at verse one of chapter 18, the Word reads:

“When He had finished praying, Jesus left with His disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley.  On the other side, there was a garden 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 garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the 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?”  “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.   Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He.  If you are looking for Me, then let these men go.”  This happened so that the words He had spoken would be 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.
  John does not record the kiss that Judas betrayed Jesus with, as shown in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but that kiss changed everything that night.   It was an open betrayal of Jesus.    His other Disciples deserted Him.  He was left alone to carry out the task of saving mankind.  But that was the plan.  Only Jesus could have fulfilled the plan.   He came to be the One to set man free from sin and death, and He was about to enter into what He had to do. The Word says,
“For if by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:17
Jesus had told the Disciples what was going to happen several times.  He had tried to get them prepared but they could never hear.   He said, “What shall I say, Father save Me from this hour?  No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.” John 12:27   As they came for Him, though His Disciples were not ready, He was.  He said, “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?
Let us thank Him for His Love, and the cup He drank for each of us every day.💚
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“Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me,” John 18: 11

We continue our study of the Gospel of John.  Picking up at verse one of chapter 18, the Word reads:

“When He had finished praying, Jesus left with His disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley.  On the other side, there was a garden 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 garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the 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?”  “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.   Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He.  If you are looking for Me, then let these men go.”  This happened so that the words He had spoken would be 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.
  John does not record the kiss that Judas betrayed Jesus with, as shown in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but that kiss changed everything that night.   It was an open betrayal of Jesus.    His other Disciples deserted Him.  He was left alone to carry out the task of saving mankind.  But that was the plan.  Only Jesus could have fulfilled the plan.   He came to be the One to set man free from sin and death, and He was about to enter into what He had to do. The Word says,
“For if by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:17
Jesus had told the Disciples what was going to happen several times.  He had tried to get them prepared but they could never hear.   He said, “What shall I say, Father save Me from this hour?  No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.” John 12:27   As they came for Him, though His Disciples were not ready, He was.  He said, “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?
Let us thank Him for His Love, and the cup He drank for each of us every day.💚
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“Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me.”

We conclude the study of the final prayer the Lord prayed for His Disciples before His arrest, and false trail, and crucifixion.   As we see His words, we see that what He wanted was for those who believed in Him to be able to experience what He had, and was, in Heaven.  He wanted the same glory, and Love for them the Father had given Him even before they ‘teamed’ to show the world their unmerited Love.      John records the words Jesus prayed;  He said:

“Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You have loved Me before the creation of the world.

  Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, and they know that You have sent Me.  I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them.” John 17: 24-26

Jesus always wants the best for us.  He wants to tell us about His Love, and the Father’s Love to bring us peace and happiness.   This is why He came to earth. This is why He has inspired those whom He has called to write down the Gospel.  The Good News of where man is today because of His Love for them if they choose to believe, and receive it.  He came to personally tell us the Good News He had sent His Prophets to tell.  But more than just telling us, He came to ‘show us’ His love.  He knew what lay ahead for Him to do that.  He knew He was about to give His life for us as He prayed that prayer.  It was not that He wanted to, but He knew it had to be done. In order for the new Covenant of grace to be sealed, it would have to be sealed in His blood.  “For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22)  He would later pray that night, “Lord if there be any other way, let this cup pass from Me.”  He was in such deep pain, and anguish over it, He knew He would later pray and His sweat would become like drops of blood. (Luke 22:40-44)  Still, His prayer before He went to face all of that, was to pray for His Disciples that they may be filled with the same glory Father had bestowed upon Him.   He wanted them to be with Him, and the Father, in Spirit here on earth, and in every way when they all got to Heaven. This is exactly what He wants for each of us.  He said,
“Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world.”
Jesus was willing to leave that place of glory for us.  He did it because of His Love for us, and because of His desire to please the Father who wanted His children freed from sin, and home with Him.  Obviously He and Abba Father discussed the fact He would be coming back to Glory after the battle had been won. The battle would be horrible, and only He among men could win it – but He did..
So it is for us.  Only Jesus can win the battle we fight every day.  Only He can step up, and bring us to glory in Him. Our part is to ask Him to take the lead, listen to what He is putting into our mind and heart, and follow His words. Let us rest assured that Jesus is with those of us who believe, and trust in Him. He will show us His glory as He leads us to victory.  He knows the battle for us is sometimes tough, but He knows if we will allow Him to He will lead us to victory ultimately.  It may not look like it, but neither did the cross.  The outcome was a return to glory for Him.  So it will be for us.  💚
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