John chapter 16, Christ comforts his disciples by the promise of the Holy Ghost, and his ascension; assures their prayers made in his name to be acceptable. Peace in Christ, and in the world affliction.
John chapter 17, Christ prays to his Father.
John chapter 18, Judas betrays Jesus. The officers fall to the ground. Peter smites off Malchus’ ear. Jesus is taken, and led unto Annas and Caiaphas. Peter’s denial. Jesus examined before Caiaphas. Peter’s second and third denial. Jesus arraigned before Pilate. His kingdom. The Jews prefer Barabbas.
Insights and Prayers
- Lord, You said that the world would hate me, just as it hated You. Give me strength to endure persecution and live for You. Help me to do more than endure trials; give me victory over them. Amen.
- Lord, send the Holy Spirit to guide me into truth and to keep me from error. The world, the flesh, and the devil continually try to pull me away from You. Amen.
- Jesus told His disciples, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name” (John 16:24). That meant Old Testament praying differs from New Testament praying. What was new? Now, prayer must be in Jesus’ name which means:
- (1) we go to the Father through Jesus, our Intercessor and High Priest, who sits at the right hand of the Father. Jesus sifts out unbiblical requests and presents them properly;
- (2) our sins have been forgiven by the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7), so we pray in Jesus’ name;
- (3) Christ indwells us to motivate us to pray to the Father.
- Lord, before I was saved, I couldn’t come to You in Jesus’ name. Now that I am Your child, I come to You through Him. Also, I enter the New Testament world of grace that gives me access to You. Amen.
- Lord Jesus, You asked for the Father to glorify You with the previous glory You had in heaven. But I ask for more glory for You because You were born of a virgin. You lived without sin. You suffered for my sins, and You ascended back into heaven leading a victory parade of all Old Testament believers. I glorify You as my new High Priest seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for me. I now glorify You as the God-Man. Amen.
- Lord Jesus, You prayed for me to be one with other believers on earth. That’s a glorious prayer because it prefigures what we will be like in heaven. But it’s a difficult prayer for me to visualize because Christians are so divided on earth over various doctrines, programs, denominations, and even personalities and racial traits. Lord, can it ever happen on this side of glory? I pray that it will. Amen.
- The King James Version describes this place where Jesus “oft times resorted thither” (John 18:2). Jesus went to the place to pray where He was comfortable because the topic of His prayer was extremely uncomfortable. He was going to wrestle with the sin debt of the world. No human can ever conceive of Jesus’ agony when the perfect Sinless One was being made sin (more than taking on sin) for us.
- Lord, I marvel to see You agonize in Gethsemane with the sin of mankind; You, the Holy One, were becoming my sin. How can I say thanks, and how can I respond, except in worship. Amen.
- Lord, may I always stand courageously for You and not run away as the disciples did. Amen.
- Lord, thank You for being faithful at Your trial, though You never sinned; You died for my sin. Amen.
- Pilate had just asked, “What is truth?” He was probably asking a philosophical question to direct the conversation from the real issue. Jesus was standing before Pilate, and Pilate had to judge the truthfulness of what Jesus had just said. Pilate didn’t realize Jesus was the truth. Then unknowingly, Pilate declared a truth-statement: “I find no fault in Him” (John 18:38).
- Lord, I agree with Pilate, “I find no fault in Jesus.” He was perfect in action and nature. Jesus is the perfect Savior. The only sin I find in Jesus is my sin. He became sin for me, dying for my sin. Amen.
- Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
- Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible
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