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Jul 31, 2011

Iron Girls Bible Study ~ John 18 Notes

                                                    "Tried & Found Faithful"
 (John 18 Notes)
The trials (6) of Jesus, 3 before the Jewish religious authorities and 3 before the civil authorities were a mockery. There was no truth seeking in them. And they were all illegal according to the Jewish document called the Mishnah. These laws were governed by the Jewish ruling council, the Sanhedrin.

It was illegal to:
  • hold a trial at night
  • have no witnesses (needed 2)
  • abuse the accused during the trial
  • bring no charges
  • have an improper vote
  • to keep someone in custody after having been found "not guilty"
  • to be questioned in order to testify against oneself
  • to be declared "not guilty" and yet condemned

Yet we know that God uses the decisions of man to carry out His sovereign plans.
When Jesus responds to the soldiers come to arrest Him, his reply, "I am He," holds his unleashed power. And in that moment when Divine Power meets Divinely Ordained Destiny, that small army lead by Judas, can do nothing but fall to the ground.
And one day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. He is the I Am.

These words of Jesus encourage my own heart as I seek to do God's will:
"Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?"  (v. 11)

Regardless of the illegal circumstances of the arrest and trial of Jesus, His life is not taken, He willingly lays it down. For you. For me. Bless His Holy Name.

Follow His plan and carry on!


  1. Just stopping by to say 'hello'!!
    Love you and miss you -- hope you are still reading your 5 Psalms a Day !

    Choosing JOY in this season, Stephanie

  2. Truly a powerful post! Thank you for sharing these insights . . . how thankful I am that I can trust in the Lord's faithfulness.