When Jesus arrived at that meaningful last Passover, he knew what fate awaited him. A terrible death lay before him in order to give his life as a ransom for man’s redemption.
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Vatican officials are now reiterating their demand for control over the religious sites in the ancient and holy city founded by King David as the capital of ancient Israel and now the capital of the reestablished Jewish state.
We have found that it was often by bringing us into severe trials, ordeals, putting us under crucial tests, that the Lord develops more and more our faith, our love, our trust, our hope in Him. He would have us learn well our lesson, that without Him we can do nothing, but that with His blessing and favor all things are ours, because we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. Let us, then, in all the important junctures of life, be sure that we are seeking chiefly the divine will, as expressed in the divine promise, the Oath-Bound Covenant: let us seek it patiently, earnestly, persistently—let us wrestle with the Lord that thereby we may be made the stronger, that when the proper and advantageous experiences have been enjoyed the blessing will come—at the proper moment to do us the most good and in the manner that would be most helpful.
Now we can understand why John worded portions of his epistle two different ways. (1) He told about evil ones, grievous wolves, who had never been of the Church. They had a wolfish nature when they entered, and they were still wolves. In other words, while they professed Christianity, there was no change in their conduct. (2) John also told of a class that arose within the Church speaking perverse doctrines. They were of the truly consecrated, but they began to err and go out of the truth. Thus there were two different classes.
In this first epistle, then, John went back and forth in speaking of the two classes. He said that those of the grievous wolf class were of the devil—they were of the devil previously, they were of him now, and they would be of him in the future. Those of the other class left of their own volition. They tried to draw disciples by dividing the class and getting some to leave.
Jesus was “made perfect” after he successfully passed the test of his earthly ministry. Not until he said, “It is finished,” did he seal his course and reward. Thus the word “perfect” sometimes indicates a form of completion, which is more than just maturity. The completion occurred when Jesus died on the Cross, and the approval came when God raised him out of death. Paul was saying that the forgiveness of sins was predicated not only on the death but also on the resurrection of Jesus. In other words, in connection with the forgiveness of sin and salvation, his resurrection was just as vital as his death on the Cross. Jesus did all he could, and then a silence followed while he was in the tomb.
The lot had to fall on one of the two, and it fell upon Matthias. This incident shows that the collective judgment of the brotherhood is not necessarily correct. Later, brethren laid their hands on Paul as if he were their representative and as if they were involved in his selection, but Paul was God’s choice through Jesus. Some brethren thought Paul should have certain constraints, but he was an apostle of Jesus Christ and not of men.
The loving of one another is qualified: “as I have loved you.” We look to Jesus to see how he loved his disciples. For one thing, he criticized them. The Gospels do not emphasize politeness in the sense of Jesus’ being very careful in everything he said lest he offend. Words, thoughts, and messages were what he presented. We learn from these as well as from what he did NOT do with regard to his disciples. For example, consider how much time he spent in fellowship with them. He had many capabilities and could have gone off and done many other things, but he devoted much time to them. They were always tagging along with him. He fellowshipped with them continuously, trying to make them understand what God’s will was. This verse suggests we should be familiar with Jesus—with his parables, teachings, acts, etc. Sadly, many Christians give little thought to Jesus’ life and ministry, but they spend a great deal of time on other subjects.
The “Comforter,” or Helper (Greek parakletos), is the Holy Spirit. Why was it expedient for Jesus to go away in order that the Comforter might come? It was like his saying, “It is absolutely necessary that I go away. Otherwise, the Comforter will not come.” Why? Jesus had nurtured wonderful hopes in the disciples, but they could not be adopted as sons of God or even be eligible for the high calling unless he did go away. The technical recognition of them as sons of God—the spirit of adoption, of sonship—could not take place until the sacrifice of Christ had been completed and accepted.
John Chapter 17: Jesus’ Prayer, His Commission, His Love for All His Disciples to the End of the AgeDec 14th, 2009 | By admin | Category: John, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)
The Bible was written not just for us but for ages and ages into the future—hence the seemingly incongruous tenses. It will be a textbook for other planets and generations. All will know that Jesus came to earth, to this planet. He died on Calvary here on earth. Therefore, even the simplest statements are fraught with meaning. The lessons can be deeper than we realize. The first part of verse 2 mentions “all flesh”; the second part mentions the disciples. The Father gave Jesus the disciples, and Jesus trained and taught them—the eleven at that time. But all of the Church are called of God and come to Him through Jesus. Thus Jesus again used past tense (“thou hast given”) for something mainly futuristic from the time of utterance.
Pilate’s reluctance to put Jesus to death is reminiscent of Herod with John the Baptist and of Darius with Daniel concerning the lions’ den. Herod did not expect John the Baptist’s head to be requested when Salome was offered a reward for dancing. Pilate did not expect Barabbas to be released when he mentioned the custom. Of course there will be some exceptions at the end of the age, but generally speaking, the civil authorities will be reluctant to prosecute the feet members. The fact that Pilate did try to dispense justice is shown by his publicly washing his hands (Matt. 27:24).