Thursday, August 10, 2017

Annas Questions Jesus

John 18:12-24, "The soldiers arrested Jesus. They brought Him first to Annas. Peter and another disciple followed. Jesus went into the high priest's courtyard, but Peter waited outside at the door. The other disciple spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in. She spoke out, 'You are not one of His disciples are you?' the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, 'I am not.' Meanwhile the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples teaching. Jesus replied, 'I have spoken openly to the world. I taught in the synagogues, at the temple where the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question Me? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said.' When Jesus said this, an official nearby struck Him on the face. Annas then sent Him to Caiaphas the high priest."

Have you ever been accused of saying wrong things when all you said was the truth? If so, you can understand Jesus as He stood before those who wanted to get rid of Him. The saying, "The truth hurts," was what the Jews were feeling. They had ancient Scripture that prophesied Jesus and what He did for salvation of the human race. But, they were jealous because it included the Gentiles' salvation as well as their own. "The Gospel is the power of GOD for the salvation of everyone who believes, first to the Jew, then for the Gentile." (Romans 1:16)  Jesus said, "I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) He also said in John 10:9, "I Am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved." Have you entered that gate of His salvation by coming to Him with the confession of your sins and asking Him to come into you through His Holy Spirit? It is as simple as that if you do it from your heart and not your intellect. Meet your Savior today if you don't already know His salvation for you!

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