In John the 18th chapter, John tells us of the arrest of Jesus. As I read this maybe for the 1,000th time I noticed something I have never saw before. It’s in the middle of the 4th verse.
John 18:4 (ESV)
4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”
John wanted us to understand. Jesus knew what was getting ready to happen and that affected how Jesus responded. There is an advantage in knowing what is getting ready to happen. If the end result is good enough it makes it worth some amount of suffering. Those of you who work out must understand this. Note I said those of you. You suffer to hopefully reap a benefit.
As Christians we are told several things in the scripture, that will happen in the future or is happening right now. If we know something is true about our present or future should it impact our conduct right now? Correctly applying John 18:4 the answer is yes. The things that are true should determine our conduct even if our present situation says it is not true.
I am reminded of the story of a saved ditch digger. He was digging a ditch singing “I’m a child of the King”. A rich man heard him and stopped and questioned the ditch digger who shared the gospel. Later in the story the saved rich man moved the ditch digger into a nice house were he never had to dig another ditch. The ditch digger’s circumstance changed but the truth about him never changed. He was still a child of the King in or out of the ditch.
Your circumstance may not be telling you the truth. The Bible tell us the truth. The truth it tells us should determine our conduct based on John 18:4. Lets look at a few of those truths:
- Romans 16:2 We are saints, our friends are saints which dictates how we should treat each other.
- Ephesians 4:1 We are called, that should effect our conduct.
- Philippians 1:27 The gospel was shared and accepted by us, that should effect our conduct.
- Philippians 4:8 Are you praising the correct things?
I’m just getting started. I feel a sermon series coming on. Stay tuned to www.pastorjax.com sermon streaming on the home page for the rest over the next few weeks.