Jesus, the Messiah
Hello Mountain View family.
We hope that you are having an excellent week and all for the glory of God.
Our Vision 2020 reading this week is from John 17-Acts 11. A few observations jumped out at me as I read.
The first observation comes from John 18/1-6. Judas is leading the Temple guard, some of the religious leaders and a Roman cohort to the Garden of Gethsemane in order to betray Jesus and have Him captured. A Roman cohort consists of between 400-600 trained and professional soldiers.
Jesus came to earth to fulfill the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5/17). In order to fulfill them He would need to die on the cross and pay the price for the sins of mankind. Jesus set His heart, mind and eyes on this exact task. When all of these people came to arrest Jesus, He asked them “Whom do you seek?” They responded “Jesus the Nazarene”. He then responded “I am He”. They responded by falling down to the ground. Jesus was in charge. Jesus could have fled. He could have done anything He wanted. And He did. He wanted to pay for our sins and purchase us back to the Father. According to Plan. Amen and amen.
A second observation is in John 19/26,27. Notice how Jesus directs John to care for Mary (Jesus’ mother), as his own mother. Jesus tells Mary to allow John to do so. The exact details and reasons for this are unknown. It is probable that Joseph is gone. Also, as seen in John 7/5, Jesus’ brothers did not believe that He was the Messiah. Perhaps Jesus did not want to entrust His mother into the hands of unbelievers. Of this I am not certain. Anyway, that transition occurs.
Following that, in Acts 1/12–14, we see that Mary is actually in the upper room with the Apostles and about 120 other disciples. It appears that John, indeed, is caring for Mary and keeping her with him.
One final observation is found in Acts 3/25. This occurs after God has healed the 40 year old lame man by using Peter. While Peter is presenting the resurrected Jesus to the crowd which has gathered, He tells them that Jesus is actually the focus of the Abrahamic Covenant which God established with Abraham in Genesis chapter 12.Peter tells them that Jesus is the promised blessing for all of the families Earth. God promised His Savior in Genesis 3. God established His Messianic plan in Genesis 12. Jesus, the Messiah, is that Plan. He knew that. Instead of fleeing from the Garden of Gethsemane, He completed all that Father had for Him to do. The result? Our salvation. Thank God.