The prerequisite of a real resurrection is a real death. John asserts the real death of the Lord Jesus. He mentions several times that Jesus is crucified by Roman soldiers, who presumably are experienced executioners (vv. 16, 23-24).
About David Cook
David Cook was Principal of the Sydney Missionary and Bible College for 26 years. He is an accomplished writer and has authored Bible commentaries, books on the Minor Prophets, and several Bible study guides.
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When hearing that Jesus was to leave them, Peter promised to lay down his life for Him. However, Jesus tells Peter that before dawn, Peter will deny Him three times (John 13:37-38).
This is the record of the arrest (John 18:1-11), trial (18:12-14, 19-24, 28-40), and sentencing (19:1-16) of the Lord Jesus. It is an eyewitness account (John 19:35).
These last verses are all about our unity. First, our unity with the apostles (v. 20-21)-we stand in unity with the apostles when we believe their words, God’s message.
Jesus has taught the apostles well. He has passed on the words God gave Him (vv. 8, 14). The apostles therefore know that Jesus has come from the Father (v. 8) and they are hated by the world because they are no longer part of the mass of humanity in rebellion against God (v. 14).
Conversation is the usual basis of relationship. The Upper Room Discourse that began with an acted parable (John 13:1-17) now ends with the Lord Jesus praying.
Jesus is about to suffer and die, and yet these last words in the upper room show His loving concern for the disciples. Building false expectations is hateful-Jesus is lovingly realistic; they will suffer, but like a woman in childbirth, the suffering will end and relief will follow (vv. 21-22).
Prosperity theology is not unbelief, but misbelief. God never promised that all believers will be physically healthy and materially wealthy, and teaching such will inevitably lead to disappointment.
The Lord Jesus makes all things new. Today we read His seventh and final ″I am″ statement: ″I am the true vine″ (v. 1). He claims to be the new Israel.
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