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Daily Reading: 7th December 2015

John 18.12-14

12 Then the cohort and the commander and the servants of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.

13 And firstly they brought (him) to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest for that year. 

14 Now it was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it was better for one man to die on behalf of the people. 

As we have seen before those who came to arrest Jesus consisted of a Roman captain and his soldiers, and the temple servants. This was quite a considerable force of men to arrest one man.

However, as is seen elsewhere in the history of Israel, overwhelming armed forces are no match for the power and authority of God.

In 2 Kings 19.35 we read of such an incident:

[35] That night the angel of the LORD went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian troops. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere – (NLT).

We also know that God defeated the Egyptian army as they chased the children of Israel as they crossed the exposed sea bed of the Dead Sea. This is what we read:

[27] So as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea. The water roared back into its usual place, and the LORD swept the terrified Egyptians into the surging currents…… [28] …..; Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived – Exodus 14.27-28 (NLT).

The greatness of the grace of God is seen in the fact that Jesus did not call on the Heavenly forces to deliver Him.

His glory is seen in that He allowed Himself to be arrested and bound by those whom He had created. No matter how great a number were those who came to arrest Him, Jesus could have just walked away. The fact that He did not testifies to His love for us sinners.

There will come times for us all when God will miraculously deliver us from certain situations. Sometimes it may be very dramatic, at other times we may not realize that He has delivered us.

However, there will also be those times when He leads us along the same path as Jesus, which is to allow the world to have its way with us. In such times it will always be for His greater glory.

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