John 19:15 The Only King Who Would Love Them

John 19:15 (KJV)
But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

The chief priests disavowed Jesus as their king in favor of Caesar. But neither Caesar nor any other leader in history has been kind to the Jews. We hear very little of them in history until near the middle of the twentieth century but what we do hear is always that of hardship and unkindness to them by the world – especially those in authority.

They rejected the only One Scripturally qualified to be their king and the only king in this world who would love them.

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John 18:4 Jesus Was in Complete Control

John 18:4 (KJV)
Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

Knowing what was about to happen Jesus stepped out to meet those who would:

  • Capture
  • Condemn and
  • Kill

Him.

He was completely in control.

They did not have to search for Him as He went forth to meet them. They were the ones who went backwards and shrunk in His presence. Even when Peter cut off Malchus’ ear, Peter wasn’t attacked or even taken into custody. Everything happened exactly as the Lord willed it.

 

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John 17:8 (KJV) True Disciples

John 17:8 (KJV)
For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

Jesus makes three observations about those who are true disciples:
They have received the Word Jesus gave from the Father
They didn’t just hear Jesus, they took heed. The words that He spoke became meat for their meal. They ate it and it became part of them

They have known surely Jesus came out from the Father
I take this to be in reference to His Person. They were sure that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament promise.

They have believed that God the Father sent Jesus
I take this to be in reference to His purpose. He was sent to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

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John 16:32 (KJV) Alone But Not Alone

John 16:32 (KJV)
Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

Jesus said He would be alone but not alone.

No one likes being isolated. We all enjoy company and friendships.

  • To have someone to bounce ideas off
  • To have someone to point out when we take a wrong step
  • To have someone to pick us up when we fall

Is a treasure indeed.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says,

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

No doubt we like it best when we have help. But the Christ, as was Christ, is not alone even when he is alone. The Christian, as did Christ, always has the companionship of God.

 

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John 15:1 (KJV) True Vine Implications

John 15:1 (KJV)
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

The fact that Jesus is the true vine implies that there are other vines:
There is a vine that looks like the real but is not
There are some species of plant life that appear to be one thing but they are not. So there are those who claim to be followers of Christ but are not.

There is a vine that is of the real but is wild
There are those plants that spring out of a species but have stopped producing the fruit of the desired plant. Even so there are groups who have true roots to Christ but are no longer truly Christian.

There is a vine that is different than the true but claims to be the same
Sometimes a plant may be thought to be something it isn’t. Even so some religions may be thought to be true but they are not.

There is a vine that is of the true but has forgotten the true vine
I have a raspberry plant that constantly has vines that try to become their own independent plant. Even so there are Christians who stray away from the Lord to follow after their own ideas.

 

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John 14:22 (KJV) Salvation is a Faith Issue

John 14:22 (KJV)
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

Thaddeus also known as the writer of Jude, asks the question, “How is it that Jesus will manifest Himself to believers and not the rest of the world?” The answer follows:

Through the Word
Those who love the Lord keep His Word and find Christ in it.

Through the Comforter
The Holy Spirit living in us is real. We sense His presence, receive direction from Him and are given power through Him.

Through peace
Paul will call it “peace that passeth all understanding[1]. We can’t explain it. A person must possess it or be left to misunderstand it.

A question we might ask today is, “Why would He manifest Himself to us and not to the world?” I believe the answer to that question is that He would have all men to be saved, not just aware of His being. Salvation is a faith issue. If He were manifest to them they would have no faith because, according to Romans 8:24, For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

[1] Philippians 4:7

 

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John 13:32 (KJV) God Glorified Jesus

John 13:32 (KJV)
If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

John Gill writes,
“If God be glorified in him,…. all the perfections of God are glorified in Christ, by his sufferings and death: this is a certain truth, is indisputably matter of fact, that all the perfections of God are glorified in Christ, by his sufferings and death:
God shall also glorify him in himself; …: by his own power, in raising him from the dead, setting him at his own right hand, and crowning him with glory and honour:”

The evidence that the crucifixion of Jesus glorified the Father is that the Father glorified Christ in His resurrection.

 

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John 12:26 (KJV) Real Servanthood

John 12:26 (KJV)
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

There are three connected thoughts concerning servanthood in this verse:
Serving Christ is following Christ
It is not doing as you will and calling it the service of God. It is not improving on what Christ has called us commanded us and instructed us to do. It is not changing His Word or updating His commission. Following Christ is simply doing as Christ teaches in the Bible.

Serving Christ is being with Christ
There is an implication and a promise in this verse. The implication is that, as we are following Christ, we will naturally be wherever Christ is. Christians will be in church because that is where Christ is. (I know that modern believers, so-called, say that Christ would be in the bars and skid rows and dark places of the earth, ministering to the down and out there. I do not deny that need but simply say that the Bible teaches Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. He commands us not to neglect it. He therefore does not neglect it Himself. He is at church.

The promise is that, whenever we follow Christ He is there. He promises that as we obey the great commission He is with us always. He promises, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

Serving Christ brings the blessing of God
“…him will my Father honor.” Everyone wants to hear the Father say, “Well done.” This is how it happens:

  • Serve the Lord
  • Follow Him and
  • Be where He is

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John 11:15 (KJV) The Intent of Christ

John 11:15 (KJV)
And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

Jesus’ intent was that the believers might believe. The chapter is filled with believers who still needed to believe.

  • Each of His disciples had questions of faith
  • Martha certainly had questions of faith even
  • Mary, who had set at His feet, had questions of faith

They each believed but they each had holes in their belief. The intent of the Lord was to fill in those holes that these believers might believe.

The intent of the Lord is still “that ye might believe“. Sometimes the tests to bring us into believing can be very painful:

  • A death in the family
  • A difficulty in circumstances
  • A dive in economy

Those of us who call Christ Lord can find ourselves wondering:

  • Why the Lord tarries
  • Where are the answers to our prayers and
  • How will He ever deliver us from this trial

We believe in Him but we have questions. We have holes in our faith.

Jesus intends to fill those holes.

 

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John 10:41 (KJV) True Greatness

John 10:41 (KJV)
And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

Jesus said that John was the greatest born of woman and yet John the Baptist performed no miracles. His greatness is found in this, “…all things that John spake of this man were true.”

True greatness is not to be found in doing:

  • Great things
  • Impressive things or
  • Notable things

True greatness is speaking truth about Jesus Christ.

Notice, concerning John the Baptist, that it was Jesus, not the people, who called Him great. The people’s only comment about John the Baptist dealt with what he said about Jesus.  If this be the case of us we do well.

Let God ascribe whatever greatness He pleases upon us. Let men say only that whatever we say about Jesus is true.

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