September 16, 2017: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for John 16-18
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Commentary: Jesus again warns of the persecution that is to come and offers us hope through knowing that we will not be along in our fight. The Holy Spirit will help guide and teach us, but only after Jesus is returned to His Father. Like last week, the disciples are confused and do not understand the entirety of Jesus’ message. Chapter 17 is a prayer of Jesus in which we can see His relationship with His Father. Jesus prays for His disciples and for all who stand with Him. Yes! Jesus prayed for you! Jesus is arrested and taken to Annas, who once served as high priest and has remained the “power behind the (priestly) throne.” John was likely the disciple with Peter in the courtyard, as John had the priestly connections to gain entrance. Jesus’ trial before the High Priest was not in accordance with many Jewish laws. The priests expected Jesus to incriminate Himself (which was against Jewish Law), and failed to call on witnesses to testify against Him (which was in accordance with Jewish Law). The religious leaders handed Jesus over to Pilate because they wanted Him executed. Pilate recognizes that Jesus did not deserve to be executed, but, instead of releasing Him, attempts to persuade the people to ask for Him to be released.
Focus Verses: 16:1-4 Jesus never promised that following Him would be easy! He warns that it will be difficult! Why is it important to know this? How does it affect the way you live your life?