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Passage: John 18:1-40

Sections, Scripture Passages, Quotes

these things are written so you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name – John 20:31

Story is part of God’s plan (v/1-11) —> God is GREAT … so we don’t have to be in control

In chapter 18 Jesus is arrested and put on trial; in chapter 19 he is on a Cross; in both venues he reigns. – Dale Bruner

The first Adam began life in a garden. Christ, the second Adam, came at the end of his life to a garden.

In Eden Adam sinned. In Gethsemane the Savior overcame sin.

In Eden Adam fell. In Gethsemane Jesus conquered.

In Eden Adam hid himself. In Gethsemane our Lord boldly presented himself.

In Eden the sword was drawn. In Gethsemane it was sheathed. – Kent Hughes

We often want to be in control, so we dominate, manipulate or overwork people. Or we fear things being out of control, so we worry. – Tim Chester

Leaders (v/12-14; 19-24; 28-38) God is GOOD …so we don’t have to look elsewhere

Peter (v/15-18, 25-27) God is GLORIOUS…so we don’t have to fear others

… we crave the approval of other people or fear their rejection. The Bible calls this the “fear of man”. The Bible’s answer is the fear of God. God is the glorious one whom we should fear. He is the one whose approval matters most, and he is the one whose approval we have in Jesus Christ.  – Tim Chester

Barabbas (v/38-40)  God is GRACIOUS…so we don’t have to prove ourselves

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins which you once walked…BUT GOD being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved – Ephesians 2:1; 4-5