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Daily Reading: 21st April 2015

John 13.2-4 cont.

2 And supper was already taking place; the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, that he should betray Him.

3 Knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and going to God,

4 He got up from the supper and laid aside His clothes, and having taken a towel He tied it around Himself.

Knowledge is a tremendous asset to us all. Even before we are born we begin to acquire knowledge. God’s word has a lot to tell us about knowledge, it is mentioned at least 147 times, and in the book of Proverbs knowledge is mentioned 39 times.

God has created us with the ability to get knowledge and understanding.

Indeed, God has told us the most important way in which we can gain knowledge. In Proverbs 1.7 we read: Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline – (NLT). The word ‘fear’ is to have an awesome respect and reverence of God.

It is good for parents to teach their children to be in awe of the Lord our God, because He is all knowing. There is nothing that God needs to learn. There is nothing in all of creation that can add to the knowledge of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. No school and no teacher can add to God’s knowledge. No mentor can bolster God’s understanding of anything.

In verse 3 John tells us that Jesus had the knowledge that the Father had given all things into His hands.

This is a great statement, because it tells us that Jesus was in control of all things. He had authority to do anything.

At that moment He could have prevented Judas from betraying Him. He could have escaped from Jerusalem, and so avoided death on the cross. He knew that all things were in His hands. He truly had control over His own destiny.

With such power and control Jesus chose to lay down His life.

Jesus had already declared this:

17 Therefore, the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, so that I might take it up again,

18 no one took it from Me, but I, willingly lay it down. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. I have received this commandment from My Father – John 10.17-18.

Knowing what was involved, Jesus willingly and deliberately went to the cross for you and me, to pay the price of our sin.

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