In John 18 there are so many themes one could reflect on – Jesus is seized in the Garden at night after being betrayed by one of his disciples, was interrogated, was denied pardon and Peter denied Jesus three times after earlier vowing he would never do such a thing. All these happenings were a stark contrast to the triumphal entry he experienced just a few days earlier in the week.
Recently, during a Yoga class, I meditated on four statements: I love you, I am sorry, I forgive you, and thank you. When I mediated on each of these statements as they pertained to me, my mind wandered to Jesus in this chapter.
I love you. Jesus loved each one of us so much that he willingly gave his life for us. In the greatest act of love, God the Father sent his only Son to be the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all humanity. Through this sacrifice Jesus gave us eternal life. This giving of his life began in John 18 when he was first apprehended by the Roman soldiers.
I am sorry. Jesus knew that by dying he was fulfilling his Father’s will, but the cup (the suffering) he endured was so incredibly horrible. Even though it was God’s will to die for us, Jesus experienced some anguish, but wasn’t sorry for what had to happen to fulfill prophecy. For the suffering Jesus endured for us I am SO sorry!
I forgive you. So often we have trouble forgiving ourselves and others too. Jesus doesn’t have this problem. It is only through Jesus Christ that our sins can be forgiven. From the cross Jesus called out, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Christ’s forgiveness allows us to restore our relationship with God and remove the separation caused by our sin.
Thank you. How thankful I am for many things in my life, but to be loved and forgiven as one of God’s children is so awesome. It is impossible to find words to express the thankfulness I have in my heart for what Jesus, the King of the Jews, did for me on the cross.
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