August 16, 2019: SOAP #3543:  2Kings 24; Jeremiah 22; Psalm 112; John 18 Scripture:  John (NIV) 18:2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. […]

August 16, 2019: SOAP #3543: 2Kings 24; Jeremiah 22; Psalm 112; John 18

Scripture:  John (NIV) 18:2 Now Judas, who betrayed him,knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 SoJudas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officialsfrom the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns andweapons. 4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went outand asked them, “Who is it you want?” 5 “Jesus ofNazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said.

Observation:    Jesus knew the terribleness of sin.   Jesus knew what it would take to make a sacrifice that would suffice for ugliness of sin.   Crucifixion was not a pretty thing.   Even more, taking on the sins of the world was totally contrary to His holy character.   Jesus had just been praying, 'Father if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not my will, but your will be done.'   Could there be any other way to atone for sin?   God's holiness demanded a perfect and pure sacrifice.   God's love demanded that it be available to those who could never gain it by their own efforts.  

If anyone would have known of another way, surely the Father would know.   But there was no other way.   Jesus understood that.   He moved forward knowing the what and the why.  

Application:    Sometimes the Father's way is not pleasant.   Sometimes it requires sacrifice.   It may not be pleasant, but it is always worth it!     My suffering might open a door from someone else to hear how wonderful My God is.   Time in a hospital may reach a doctor or nurse.   Time repairing a vehicle may be the opportunity to reach a mechanic.   Time with a broken appliance may provide a witness to a repairman.   Difficulties may reveal the life of Jesus to family members who do not love Him.  

Is suffering worth it?   For the Father, Jesus says, 'Yes!'  

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, and I say 'yes' too.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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