Continuing with our Easter Study: I have been a little sick with the flu and a terrible sinus cold, for the last few weeks, so I haven’t been able to get on here to write anything very often! But I thought there were a few important parts that could be discussed about the Final version in the Gospels of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I have shared about The Death and Resurrection of Jesus- the Saviour, from Luke(22-24), The Death and Resurrection of Jesus – the Servant, from Mark(14-16), The Death and Resurrection of Jesus – the King, from Matthew and now I would like to share from John(18-27) and his version of The Death and resurrection of Jesus – Jesus completes his Mission.
“Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen me, blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” JOHN 20:29
Jesus wasn’t hard on Thomas for his doubts. Despite his skepticism, Thomas was still loyal to the believers and to Jesus himself. Some people need to doubt before they believe. If doubt leads to questions, and questions lead to answers, and if the answers are accepted, than doubt has done good work. It is when doubt becomes stubbornness and stubbornness becomes a prideful lifestyle, that doubt harms faith. When you doubt, don’t stop there. Let your doubt, deepen your faith, as you continue to search for the answer. STUDY NOTE: NLT STUDY BIBLE John 20:25-28
‘Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.’ JOHN 21:25
Johns stated purpose for writing his Gospel was to show that Jesus was the Son of God ( 20:31). He clearly and systematically presented the evidence for Jesus’ claims. When evidence is presented in the courtroom, those who hear it must make a choice. Those who read the Gospel of John must also make a choice – Is Jesus the Son of God, or isn’t he? You are the jury, the evidence has been clearly presented. You must decide. Read Johns Gospel to get a better view. STUDY NOTE: NLT STUDY BIBLE – John 21:25
THE SIX STAGES OF JESUS’ TRIAL: Although Jesus’ trial lasted less than 18 hours, he was taken to 6 different hearings.
BEFORE the JEWISH AUTHORITIES:
Preliminary Hearing before Annas(John 18:12-24) – Because the office of the high priest was for life, Annas was still the ‘official’ high priest in the eyes of the Jews, even though the Romans had appointed another. Thus, Annas still carried much weight in the high council.
Hearing before Caiaphas(Matthew 26:57-68) – Like the hearing before Annas, this hearing was conducted at night in secrecy. It was full of illegalities that made a mockery of justice.
BEFORE the ROMAN AUTHORITIES:
Trial before the High Council(Matthew 27:1-2) – Just after daybreak, 70 members of the High Council met to ‘rubber-stamp’ their approval of the previous hearing to make them appear legal. The purpose of this trial was not to determine justice, but to justify their own preconceptions of Jesus’ guilt.
First Hearing before Pilate(Luke 23:1-5) – The religious leaders had condemned Jesus to death on religious grounds, but only the Roman government could grant the death penalty. Thus, they took Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor, and accused him of treason and rebellion, crimes for which the Roman government gave the death penalty. Pilate saw at once that Jesus was innocent, but he was afraid about the uproar being caused by the religious leaders.
Hearing Before Herod( Luke 23:6-12) – Because Jesus’ home was in the region of Galilee, Pilate sent Jesus to Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, who was in Jerusalem for the Passover Celebration. Herod was eager to see Jesus do a miracle, but when Jesus remained silent, Herod wanted nothing to do with him and sent him back to Pilate.
Last Hearing Before Pilate( Luke 23:13-25) – Pilate didn’t like the religious leaders. He wasn’t interested in condemning Jesus because he knew Jesus was innocent. However, he knew that another uprising in his district might cost him his job. First he tried to compromise with the religious leaders by having Jesus beaten, an illegal action in itself. But finally he gave in and handed Jesus over to be executed. Pilate’s self-interest was stronger than his sense of justice.