John 18 Devotional Commentary

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John 18:6

Never forget that the gentle Shepherd of the lost sheep of the house of Israel is God incarnate. He revealed Himself to David as his Shepherd, Who leads us beside still waters, restores our soul, guides us along the path of righteousness, and protects us in the valley of the shadow of death.

Never forget that our crucified Lord and resurrected Saviour is the divine Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world. And in a brief read more...

John 18:11

The kingdom of Christ is not of this world to be fought for with sword and spear, but could only be won though the shedding of the sinless blood of the Son of God: "For without blood there is no remission of sins." Only through His death and Resurrection could Christ disarm the principalities and powers and make a public spectacle of the satanic realms - triumphing over them by the Cross.

Peter had earlier argued that

John 18:33

After Christ's illegal trial and unjust interrogation before Annas and Caiaphas, the high priest, Jesus was sent to the Praetorium, to be delivered to Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea and Samaria. The Jews' hatred of Christ was intense, and they desired His death, but being under Roman governance, they were denied the right of execution, as laid out in the Law of Moses.

When Pilate asked what crime Jesus had committed they read more...

John 18:36

Jesus is the heavenly Man. He came down to this world from above, and He came to redeem a race of lost sinners and to rescue a fallen creation from the destructive ravages of sin and Satan, darkness, disease, and death.

Since Adam's ruinous decision to believe Satan's lies in the garden of paradise, man was dethroned from his appointed position to rule the earth and govern creation, and in his place, Satan set up his own, broken read more...

John 18:37

While the other Gospels often portrayed Jesus as the suffering Servant and Son of Man, John presents Him as Son of God and God the Son. He is the Word made flesh Who created the world, the great I AM of Old Testament times, the Good Shepherd Who gives His life for the sheep. He is the root and the stem of David, sent by God as the eternal King of Israel and the immutable Saviour of the world. And His kingdom will have no end.