Monday, March 6, 2017



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

Conversations of the Servant with His Master in all night prayer; the Servant receiving His orders. Conversations to the Son of Man and we are allowed as His servants to understand the movements of the trinity to save those that might believe. Now mark the majesty of these next four verses. "Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth." That statement is full of significance, bearing out and emphasizing the fact that the pathway of Jesus to His Cross was not the pathway of a Victim. All the way He knew all that was coming to Him. Perfectly familiar with it all, He "went forth," went forth in majesty, never more majestic than when His eyes were set upon His Cross. He not only went forth but He shared all things with us His followers.

                This statement that "He went forth" means that He left the garden. He went forth from it. He went outside. There and then happened a remarkable thing, which was the ultimate evidence of His majesty. He faced them. He said, "Whom seek ye?" They said, "Jesus the Nazarene." He then said, "I am." Our versions render it "I am He." Quite literally He simply said, "I am." When He did so, a cohort of Roman soldiers, the Temple police, the rulers themselves, Judas guiding them, went backwards and fell to the ground. Some burst of majesty halted them. There may have been the emerging of something we cannot interpret, a flaming of glory. I think rather that something in the mien of Jesus as He stood confronting His enemies caused their shrinking and fall. They could not lay a hand on Him. Right to the very margin He revealed the fact referred to again and again, as we have seen in the process of the Gospel that no man could lay hands upon Him until His hour was come. His hour had now come, but even now, the entire cohort and the police of the Temple and the elders were powerless of themselves to lay any hand on Him. "I am," He said, and they went backwards, and fell. Thus the majesty of Jesus was revealed.
Only by grace would God come to the garden at Creation each day to share with Adam that he might share with Eve. Daily conversations that we  can share with He Who came to die for us that we might know "all things". Truth Himself speaking with His creatures that He has openly shared His love for us by His death on the cross that opens the door for our understanding. Daily we might grow in our understanding of Truth and His Father through the Spirit He and the Father sent us. Only a fool would neglect that privilege. God has no fools on His side.

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