John, Day 57.

Day 57.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, please open our minds, hearts, ears, and eyes to understand, feel, see, and hear You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 19: 1- 22, Golgotha.

VV1-4, ‘’The Soldiers Mock Jesus So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. 3 Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. 4 Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.”

The soldiers mocked and flogged Jesus. They put a crown of thorns and a purple robe on Him. Thorn represents curse. Jesus took on the curse of man. Pontius Pilate pronounced the first verdict on Jesus as not guilty.

VV5-9, 5 ’Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” 6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die because He made Himself the Son of God.” 8 Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, 9 and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.’’

“Behold the Man” is ‘’Ecce Homo” in Latin. Pilate pronounced the second verdict on Jesus as not guilty. The Jews charged Jesus with a death penalty for blasphemy. As Jews could not impose capital punishment by stoning, they sent Jesus to Pilate to face trial under the Roman laws.

VV10-13, 10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have the power to crucify You, and power to release You?” 11 Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” 12 From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.” 13 When Pilate, therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha.’

Pilate told Jesus he had the power to crucify or release Him. Jesus corrected him by saying that only He Himself had this power. John 10:18, ‘’No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again”. The Jews threatened Pilate not to release Jesus or Caesar would be unhappy. Pilate was afraid when he heard the name of Caeser. He put Jesus on the judgment seat called the Pavement or Gabbatta.

VV 14-16, 14 Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” 16 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away.

Preparation Day of the Passover was Good Froday. The 6th hour by Roman time was 6 am. The Jews should out, ‘’we have no King but Caesar’’. Even though Jesus was innocent, Pilate sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion.

VV 17-22, 17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. 21 Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

Hebrews for Calvary is Golgotha, which means “the place of a skull”. They crucified Jesus in Golgotha between two criminals to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah 53:12, “Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors”. Pilate nailed a signage to the cross in Hebrews, Latin, and Greek, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”. The Jews protested but Pilate wouldn’t budge on his decision.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for taking us back to Calvary through the eyes of apostle John who witnessed this event 2000 years ago. On Calvary, You sacrificed the Lamb of God as the perfect sin offering for the sin of mankind, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Gordon’s Calvary- Golgotha
The Dungeon
Dungeon
Dungeon
Dungeon
Touched to see the Dungeon where Jesus was kept during His trial on the night before His crucifixion. The place is small and dark and barely have room to move about. Because of the crowd, we had to queue to visit the dungeon.

John, Day 56

Day 56.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, please take away all other voices so that we can only hear the voice of Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 18: 1- 40, trial under Annas, Caiphas, and Pilate.

VV 1-4, 1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side, there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns, and weapons. 4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

Jesus and the eleven disciples crossed the Brook Kidron and entered the Garden of Gethsemane. Gethsemane means olive press, a place of crushing the olive fruits to extract the oil. After Gethsemane, Jesus will be crushed and His blood will be shed to atone for the sin of mankind.

VV 5-9, 5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” 9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”

Greek for “I AM’ is “eigo eimi” and Hebrew for “I AM” is YHVH. God covental name is YHWH. The voice in burning bush in Exodus 3:16 is the voice of Jesus, before His incarnatiion. He revealed His name to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” or YHWH. In theology this is called a Christophany. On hearing “I AM”, the soldiers and Jewish rulers who came to arrest Him fell backward to the ground. Verse 9 is a fulfillment of John 17:12, “While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled”.

VV 10-14, 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” 12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.

‘Peter sliced off the right ear of the high priest’s servant, Malchus. Peter and John were there but the other nine had fled. According to Luke, Jesus attached back the ear of Malchus, His last healing miracle. Luke 22:51, “But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him”. The soldiers and the Jewish rulers arrested Jesus and brought Him to Annas, the high priest’s father in law.

VV 15-18, 15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in. 17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” 18 Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.

Peter and John followed behind Jesus. A unnamed servant girl identified Peter as one of Jesus’ disciple but Peter denied it. Other servants and officers also identified Peter but he again denied it.

VV 19-24, 19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.” 22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?”24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

The first trial was under Annas, the high priest’s father in law. He questioned Jesus but Jesus refused to cooperate, one of the officials slapped Jesus. The second trial was under Caiaphas, the high priest.

VV 25-27, 25 Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not!” 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied again, and immediately a rooster crowed.’’

When Peter was warming himself at the fire, another of the high priest’s servants identified Peter as one of Jesus’ disciple. Peter denied Jesus the third time and immediately a rooster crowed.

VV 28-29, 28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover. 29 Pilate then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?”

The third trial was under Pontius Pilate, the Roman procurator of Judea, in the Praetorium. Not wanting to defile themselves, the priests did not enter the Praetorium.

VV 30-32, 30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.” 31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” “But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. 32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

Romans laws forbid Jews to carry out capital punishment by stoning. They sent Jesus to be tried under Roman laws whose capital punishment was by crucifixion. This fulfilled scripture that Jesus would die by crucifixion and not by stoning. Psalm 22:16, “My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet.”

VV 33-37, 33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” 35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” 36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” 37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me”.

Jesus told Pontius Pilate that He was a spiritual king and not a military king. “the reason I was born and came into this world”, speaks of His incarnation and pre-existence.

VV 38- 40, 38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” 40 Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.

It was customary for the Pilate to release one Jewish prisoner on Passover. Pontius Pilate asked the Jews whether he should release Barabbas, a Jewish freedom fighter, or Jesus Christ. According the the first-century theologian Origen, Batabbas’ name was Jesus Barabbas, which means Jesus, son of a father. The Jews chose Jesus Barabbas, the son of a father, instead of Jesus Christ, the Son of The Father. Even today, people still chose to believe in the “son of a father” instead of Jesus Christ, the “Son of The Father”. Who do you believe?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Your Son Jesus Christ into the world to die for our sin. We ask that You reign in our lives as King of our hearts, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Golan Height, Bethsaia Julius
Golan Height, Bethsaia Julius
Golan Height, Bethsaia Julius
Golan Height, Bethsaia Julius
Golan Height, Bethsaia Julius
Golan Height, Bethsaia Julius

John, Day 55.

Golan Height, (Bethsaida Julius)

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we come before You with a teachable heart and surrendered spirit. We offer our bodies to You as living sacrifices, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 17: 1- 26, high priestly prayer.

VV 1-5, 1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus prayed for Himself. “The hour has come’’ for Jesus to be glorified. Jesus, the only true God, was sent by His Father into the world through His incarnation. Jesus left the glory that He shared with His Father in heaven. He prayed for glorification. Phil 2:9, ‘’Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name’’.

VV 6-19, 6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

Jesus prayed for His disciples. His Father gave His disciples to Him. Jesus gave His Father’s words to His disciples.

V 10-12, 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

Jesus will be leaving the world but His disciples will still be in the world. Jesus prayed for His disciple’s protection and unity. Jesus protected His disciples but Judas Iscariot was lost to fulfill the prophecy of scripture.

VV 13-16, 13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

Jesus prayed for His Father to protect His disciples from satan. Jesus did not pray for His disciples to be removed from the world. He prayed for peace, joy, protection and sanctification.

VV 17-19, 17 Sanctify them by the truth, your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Sanctification is to be made holy and separated for God. Jesus prayed for His Father to sanctify His disciples by the truth of the WORD.

VV 20-23, 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Jesus prayed for Christians who believed Jesus through the testimonies of His disciples. Jesus prayed for Christians to be united in faith and love, so that the world will know Jesus and His Father through them.

V 24, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Jesus prayed for Christians to be able to see the glory of His pre-existence in heaven.

VV 25-26, 25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Although, the world does not know His Father, Christians know His Father through His divine revelation. Jesus reveal God’s love and characteristics to Christians. John 1:18, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known”.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you that 2000 years ago, Jesus came to earth to be our Saviour and thank You for protecting us from the evil one, in Jesus’s name, Amen.

A view from Golan Height, (Bethsaida Julius)
A view from Golan Height, (Bethsaida Julius)
Golan Height, (Bethsaida Julius)
Golan Height, (Bethsaida Julius)

John, Day 54.

Day 54.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we come before You with a broken and contrite heart. We claim the promise of the beatitudes that the poor in spirit will be blessed, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 16: 1- 33, Holy Spirit, Part 2.

VV 1-5, 1 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, 5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’

Jesus was speaking to His disciples about His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and glorification. Jesus prophesied that His disciples will face persecutions from the Jews after His glorification. He warned them beforehand to prepare them before it happened.

VV 6-11, 6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

After His glorification, Jesus will ask His Father to send the Holy Spirit to His disciples and us, to be our helper, advocate, counsellor, teacher, and truth revealer. The Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.

VV 12-15, 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

The Holy Spirit of Truth will guide His disciples and us into the truth of scriptures and the good news of the gospel. The Holy Spirit will only say what He hears from Jesus and will glorify Jesus and not Himself.

VV 16- 19, 16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” 17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.” 19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’?

In less than 24 hours, Jesus will be going to the cross and return to His Father. The disciples discussed among each other and did not understand but Jesus knew what they were thinking.

VV20- 22, 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

When the Jews succeeded in killing Jesus, His disciples will run away, weeping, and mourning while the world rejoiced. But when the Risen Christ appears to them, their sorrows will turn into joy, like a woman in labor. 1 Peter 1:3, ‘’Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead’’

VV23- 28, 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

From now on, if His disciples and us wanted anything, they, and we, can ask the Father directly in Jesus’ name. Jesus is the intermediary between man and God. 1 Timothy 2:5, “For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus”. We do not need any other human intermediary. We can come boldly before His throne of grace in the name of Jesus. Jesus came from the Father through His incarnation and would leave the world through His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and glorification.

VV29-33, 29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” 31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

The disciples claimed they had finally understood and believed that Jesus came from God. Jesus knew that soon His disciples will abandon Him for fear of the Jews and Peter will deny Him three times. In this world, even though His disciples and us will face tribulations, we need not fear because Jesus had triumphed over the world.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we pray for the peace that transcends all understanding. We cast our anxieties and cares upon You, in Jesus Name, Amen.

Golan Height (Bethsaida Julius).
Golan Height (Bethsaida Julius).
Golan Height (Bethsaida Julius).
Golan Height (Bethsaida Julius).
Golan Height (Bethsaida Julius).