What Jesus Did! 'Who Is In Charge Here?' — John 18:12-14

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Then the soldiers with their commander and the Jewish guards arrested Jesus. They tied Jesus and brought him to Annas. Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas. Caiaphas was the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had told the other Jewish leaders that it would be better if one man died for all the people.
— John 18:12-14
Illustration of John 18:12-14 —  Caiaphas was the one who had told the other Jewish leaders that it would be better if one man died for all the people.

Key Thought

Who really is in charge of what happens here? Yes, Jesus will be put to death at the request of the Jewish religious hierarchy by the Roman executioners authorized by Pontius Pilate. But who is in charge here? Jesus is bound, but they cannot restrain him. His obedience to the will of the Father is all that keeps him bound. Meanwhile, soldiers, Temple guards, leaders, priests, and others that appear to be in power are really powerless to defeat Jesus. Jesus lays down his life according to the Father's plan and will. Jesus lays down his life to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and for the sins of the world. Jesus lays down his life or they could not crucify him. Everything is reversed. Jesus is bound, but free to obey the will of God. The leaders are free, but bound by their hatred to follow the plan of God. The events of the Cross are the great reminder that God can use the worst of situations to bring about the greatest of results to his glory.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, please give me the courage to live for you no matter the cost. Help me trust that your reward and your power make the sufferings and struggles of this life pale in comparison to the glory that awaits me. Thank you for your Son, who pioneered this trail to glory before me. May my life reflect his faith in you and may it not waver even in the face of threat, suffering, or pain. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then the soldiers with their commander and the Jewish guards arrested Jesus. They tied Jesus and brought him to Annas. Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas. Caiaphas was the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had told the other Jewish leaders that it would be better if one man died for all the people. Simon Peter and another one of Jesus' followers went with Jesus. This follower knew the high priest. So he went with Jesus into the yard of the high priest's house. But Peter waited outside near the door. The follower that knew the high priest came back outside. He spoke to the girl that opened the gate for people. Then he brought Peter inside. The girl at the gate said to Peter, "Are you also one of the followers of that man (Jesus)?" Peter answered, "No, I am not!" It was cold, so the servants and guards had built a fire. They were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter was standing with these men. The high priest asked Jesus questions about his followers. He asked Jesus questions about the things Jesus taught. Jesus answered, "I have always spoken openly to all people. I always taught in the synagogues and in the temple area. All the Jews come together there. I never said anything in secret. So why do you question me? Ask the people that heard my teaching. They know what I said." When Jesus said this, one of the guards standing there hit him. The guard said, "You should not talk to the high priest like that!" Jesus answered, "If I said something wrong, then tell everyone here what was wrong. But if the things I said are right, then why do you hit me?" So Annas sent Jesus to Caiaphas the high priest. Jesus was still tied. Simon Peter was standing {at the fire}, keeping himself warm. The other men said to Peter, "Are you one of the followers of that man (Jesus)?" But Peter denied it. He said, "No, I am not." One of the servants of the high priest was there. This servant was a relative to the man whose ear Peter had cut off. The servant said,"I think I saw you with him (Jesus) in the garden!" But again Peter said, "No, I was not with him!" And at that same time a rooster crowed.

John 18:12-27

Related Scripture Readings

If we are God's children, then we will get the blessings God has for his people. We will get these things from God. God will give us all that he has given Christ. But we must suffer like Christ suffered. Then we will be able to share his glory. We have sufferings now. But the sufferings we have now are nothing compared to the great glory that will be given to us.

Romans 8:17-18

There were many Jews that came to visit Mary. They saw what Jesus did. And many of these Jews believed in Jesus. But some of the Jews went to the Pharisees. They told the Pharisees what Jesus did. Then the leading priests and Pharisees called a meeting of the Jewish council. They said, "What should we do? This man (Jesus) is doing many miracles. If we let him continue doing these things, all the people will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take away our temple and our nation." One of the men there was Caiaphas. He was the high priest that year. Caiaphas said, "You people know nothing! It is better for one man to die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed. But you don't realize this." Caiaphas did not think of this himself. He was high priest that year. So he was really prophesying that Jesus would die for the Jewish people. Yes, Jesus would die for the Jewish people. But Jesus would also die for God's other children that were scattered {in all the world}. He would die to bring them all together and make them one people.

John 11:45-52

My dear children, I write this letter to you so that you will not sin. But if any person sins, we have Jesus Christ to help us. He is the righteous (good) One. Jesus defends us before God the Father. Jesus is the way our sins are taken away. And Jesus is the way that all people can have their sins taken away, too.

1 John 2:1-2

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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