Updated: May 12, 2020
January 12, 2020
Beginning in John 18, we have the arrest, trial, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The last four chapters of John cover a lot of events that happened over a short amount of time. Chapters 1 - 17 cover almost three full years of Jesus' life and ministry, while 18 - 21 cover only a few days. We can see what's of utmost importance to John.
The great thing for followers of Jesus Christ is you don't have to celebrate Easter once a year. Like the old song proclaims, "Every Morning is Easter Morning." The resurrection is a yearlong celebration for us. It could be July. It could be January. We celebrate the resurrection. We celebrate it every day because Jesus is real in our lives. This is not a made-up story of something that happened a long time ago. This is a real story about something that happened and its truth continues to play out in people's lives. It's about what God wants to do in your life today. With as much clarity as imperfect people can muster, we're going to look at what happened in the last few hours of Jesus' life.
As we move into these last few hours of Jesus' earthly life, we're going to see some great truths about God's love for you and some great things God wants to do in your life.
In these final chapters, John doesn't tell us everything that happened. Since John was the last gospel written, he knows Matthew, Mark, and Luke have covered a lot of ground and people have already read and studied them. So John brings in a few things they didn't write about. Everything in these chapters shouts who Jesus is and why he was born. He was born to be arrested and put on trial and die on a cross.
So today, as we take a look at what Jesus went through before he went to the cross, we're going to do a lot of contrasting. John is going to draw a clear contrast between who Jesus is and who everyone else is. In the end,
we'll see who Jesus is even in the most difficult of times.
In contrast, we're going to see people at their worse. But the good news is…and God's Word is always good news…the good news is it's countered with the very best of what God can do. God takes our worse and
transforms it into His very best. Only God can do that.