Books of the Book: John

The Crucifixion, Pt. 1

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Deyvy Rodriguez & Jon Paulien


Series Code: JBOTB

Program Code: JBOTB00024B

00:01 And welcome back, we are in Chapter 18
00:03 of the Gospel of John and we are with Dr. Jon Paulien.
00:08 Dr. Paulien, you know as we were reading here in verse 5
00:11 it says that or verse 6 it says
00:13 that Jesus said, "I am He."
00:15 You know, Jesus of Nazareth and everybody draws back
00:18 and falls to the ground so it seems that just by His word,
00:22 Jesus has the power to release Himself and His disciples
00:26 and here is Peter whom you were talking about
00:28 trying to make things right here as he know,
00:31 he takes out his sword and did he just overlook
00:35 that even the words of Jesus could change everything around
00:39 and here he is with his little, you know,
00:40 sword or pocket knife and try to make the difference here.
00:45 And you were saying, you know,
00:46 how sometimes we often won't don't allow God
00:51 to take charge and we here we are you know
00:54 thinking that we will make things better but we don't.
00:57 Look at all the way through history,
00:59 how people have tried to fix God's problems,
01:02 you know, the inquisition.
01:04 Well, you know God can't handle all these heretics,
01:07 so we've got to do something about, the crusades.
01:09 You know, God couldn't possibly allow the Muslims
01:12 to have Jerusalem, so we got to do something about it.
01:15 The suicide bombers today somehow God
01:18 has become small you see,
01:21 he is not really in control anymore.
01:23 So we've got to do something
01:24 really dramatic to save his skin.
01:28 And John would just look at all of this
01:30 and shake his head and say, you know how silly?
01:35 Why does Peter see Jesus' divinity flashes here?
01:38 We see the Father, you know,
01:40 and God in every full sense of the term.
01:42 They fall back when Jesus says, I am once again.
01:46 Why does Peter still whip his sword out?
01:50 Evidently Jesus has made clear,
01:52 let these guys go.
01:54 Let my disciples go but you can have me.
01:57 And Peter, I think felt little ashamed by that.
02:01 And he said I'm not going to let Jesus be taken,
02:05 I'm going to step in.
02:06 Fortunately later on that virtually
02:09 undermine Jesus' defense before Pilate.
02:12 Because his whole point was that my servants
02:15 won't fight to protect me because
02:16 I'm not a political king.
02:18 Peter acted the political role and whenever politics
02:21 and religion get together,
02:23 bad things happen, and that's what was
02:26 happening here. Right.
02:28 So let's move on and we can go to verses 12-27
02:33 and we see the trial before Annas and also Peter
02:38 in the courtyard going on here.
02:41 We talked already about the fact that Annas is running
02:45 this trial as the high priest of choice.
02:49 Notice, he is the one that the Jews really felt
02:51 was the high priest because he was still alive
02:54 having been high priest but he is sort of getting their heads
03:00 together saying how shall we go about presenting this to Pilate.
03:04 So Annas is still respected perhaps as a smart one
03:09 who can really put it all together
03:10 and then they send it to Caiaphas
03:13 who is bit more of the hard headed one
03:15 and then it goes on to Pilate.
03:20 So anyway interesting piece of this,
03:23 let's read verses 20 to 23, I think it is.
03:27 Let me have a look here.
03:28 Yes. Some very interesting.
03:33 Go back to 19 to 23.
03:36 "The high priest then asked Jesus
03:37 about his disciples and of his doctrine.
03:40 Jesus answered him, I spoke openly to the world
03:43 I have always taught in the synagogues,
03:46 and in the temple, where the Jews always meet
03:48 and in secret I have said nothing.
03:51 Why do you ask me?
03:52 Ask those who have heard me,
03:54 what I said to them indeed they know what I said.
03:57 And when he had said these things,
03:59 one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus
04:02 with the palm of his hand, saying,
04:04 Do you answer the high priest like that?
04:06 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil,
04:10 bear witness of the evil but if well,
04:13 why do you strike me?"
04:17 Anything strange there that you didn't expect?
04:21 Well, the high priest, here is a religious leader
04:26 using violence to hit an innocent man,
04:29 which is uncommon, it's like going to church
04:32 and here is the passive, you know, why did you do that?
04:35 And how does Jesus respond?
04:38 You, know what's my wrong here?
04:40 He protests. Yeah. Yeah.
04:42 What would you think, Jesus should have done?
04:45 What does He say in the sermon on the Mount.
04:48 If somebody strikes you on the cheek, what do you do?
04:51 Let him-- give him the other cheek.
04:54 To give the other cheek, yeah,
04:55 Jesus doesn't do that here, does He?
04:57 Right. Now in the Gospel of John,
05:00 Jesus is much more assertive.
05:03 In the synoptics Mathew, Mark and Luke,
05:06 He is the lonely Jesus, meek and mild.
05:08 You know that we often think of.
05:10 John has this masculine Jesus
05:13 who doesn't put up with nonsense.
05:16 High priest asked Him a dumb question,
05:17 He says wait a minute,
05:19 He says why do you even need to ask.
05:20 All kinds of people heard me.
05:22 I haven't been teaching in secret.
05:24 What I'm teaching is public knowledge.
05:26 You don't need to even ask me this.
05:28 That's a pretty assertive answer.
05:29 And that's why He gets slapped on the face
05:31 and then He says, who gave you the right to hit me.
05:36 Sometimes I think we tend to take one piece of a Bible
05:41 and we run with it to an extreme.
05:43 We can say, okay, you always turn the other cheek.
05:46 You never defend yourself and so someone
05:49 might let someone come into their house
05:51 and violate the family and things like that.
05:55 No, Christians are not be a doormat
05:59 that people just walk over.
06:01 If there is a balance between on the one hand
06:04 in many circumstances, it might be a powerful witness
06:07 to turn the other cheek.
06:09 But in other circumstances, it's a powerful witness
06:11 to speak up for yourself and to defend the helpless
06:15 and to defend the oppressed.
06:17 So Jesus shows us that this idea of a simple rule
06:21 for all situations is probably not the most healthier
06:26 or the most mature approach to His teachings,
06:29 but Jesus himself in different circumstances
06:32 could act a little bit differently.
06:35 The other side of this I like is as people
06:39 look at me they probably don't see too meek and mild,
06:44 I'm a fairly big guy, I have got a big voice,
06:47 I don't mind saying what I think,
06:49 you know things like that.
06:51 And I remember much of my life,
06:53 I kind of felt guilty about that,
06:55 and thought that I should be more like Jesus
06:59 and then I discovered John's Jesus,
07:01 and I said all right, you see.
07:04 Jesus is big enough for all of our personalities.
07:06 John's Jesus is my Jesus that was your thought.
07:08 We shouldn't try to mold everybody into one mold.
07:14 Unity, the unity that Jesus prayed for is not a unity
07:17 where everybody thinks alike, everybody acts alike,
07:20 everyone is a same personality.
07:22 But it is unity in a blend of different personalities,
07:27 unity in a blend of different ways of thinking,
07:31 that is what makes the unity so striking in the world.
07:36 When a couple gets together and gets married,
07:39 there is a unity there but they are not going to think alike,
07:42 they are not going to have the same personalities.
07:44 In fact people tend to marry their opposite
07:46 because they want to balance themselves out.
07:49 And then after you get married you look at your opposite
07:51 and say why did I do this to me?
07:53 Why did I do it to myself?
07:55 And so learning to deal with differences,
07:59 learning to forgive, learning to get along with people
08:03 who think differently is the essence of the unity
08:06 that Jesus was praying for and we see here in the story
08:11 Jesus was not a cookie cutter Christian so to speak.
08:14 Jesus could sometimes He would be silent
08:18 in some parts of this trials He was silent.
08:20 Before Annas here, He is very assertive.
08:23 So you want to get both pictures of Jesus.
08:26 Don't just make a judgment from one piece of the Bible.
08:29 So often we argue over things where both of them are right.
08:33 They are both seeing something in scripture
08:35 that's worth remembering and so finding that for me,
08:39 it is the whole Bible that is the authority.
08:43 Not the Bible that this person might prefer.
08:45 Thomas Jefferson just cut out little sayings of Jesus,
08:48 that's my Bible, the Thomas Jefferson's Bible.
08:51 And it was a good Bible because it's the sayings of Jesus
08:54 but it isn't the whole picture.
08:56 And when people take one part of the Bible
08:58 and ignore the rest, they quickly go to extremes.
09:03 Now we see here that Annas could not answer
09:05 that question why do you strike me so,
09:07 it's verse 24 says that "Annas sent him
09:10 and he sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest".
09:16 Right. Now, Caiaphas has that case to him.
09:20 But, we have nothing in the Gospel of John
09:21 to tell us what happened there.
09:23 What does happen here in a double stage
09:25 is that you have Peter and the beloved disciple out
09:29 in the courtyard and this is the only gospel
09:32 where somebody is with Peter and so the role of John
09:37 is portrayed because he was actually there.
09:40 What's unique here is it tells us that the maid
09:45 who identifies Peter was also the door keeper
09:48 and she knew John, so that's couple of details
09:52 we didn't know from the others,
09:54 tells us the weather was cold in March in Jerusalem
09:58 it can be quite pleasant or it can be quite cold,
10:00 that kind of goes back and forth.
10:02 So tells us the reason there was a fire
10:04 there was that it was cold and people
10:06 were trying to stay warm.
10:09 And it also tells us that he was recognized
10:12 by a relative of Malchus.
10:16 Malchus was the fellow whose ear he cut off
10:19 and it's a relative of Malchus that recognizes Peter.
10:22 Oh, you are the one.
10:23 So Peter's boldness gets him into trouble.
10:26 He is too bold in the garden.
10:29 He is too timid when he gets into the courtyard.
10:34 There he is not confessing Jesus
10:37 so he is on the wrong side both ways.
10:40 Peter's someone who is out of balance.
10:43 So this brings us into the trial before Pilate.
10:46 And as I mentioned earlier,
10:47 Pilate really is like a secondary star
10:51 of this one here because he is much more involved
10:55 then he was in Mathew, Mark and Luke.
10:57 And here we see Pilate acting the role of a judge
11:02 and he is actually doing it pretty properly.
11:04 He is asking the right questions.
11:07 I mean if you and I were faced with that situation,
11:09 we might ask some strange question.
11:12 But Pilate, you see, he's doing what a judge is supposed to do.
11:15 And seeing how Pilate relates to Jesus is a very important
11:20 piece of the puzzle but we will continue
11:22 with that in the next program.
11:24 Well, Dr. Paulien, I look forward
11:25 to that next Bible study and you know one of the lessons
11:28 that I have learned is that now that I think about it sometimes
11:31 in the midst of my problems and hardships I do,
11:34 I do not consult God and I don't make it a habit
11:37 to pray about my problems and allow God to take charge.
11:41 And friends, I invite you to place God first in your lives,
11:45 that way things can go better. God bless.


Revised 2014-12-17