Daily D – John 18:4-6
John 18:4-6 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. (NIV)
What happens when people see Jesus for who he really is? As the old Christmas hymn says, they fall on their knees.
It is not a point to build a theological argument on, but the way this text reads in the New International Version, it appears Judas and Jesus were the only ones left standing. The Roman soldiers and the officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees were on the ground. They heard the I Am and experienced its force and authority.
Judas betrayed the man who called him Friend (Matthew 26:50). Jesus had washed his feet. On those two feet he now stood, a man with a bag full of money and an opportunity to make a name for himself. He stood out among the disciples as he always knew he did. He was the greatest, at least in his own mind. He controlled the flow of the funds. He controlled the situation at hand. Soon he would control even more. He would show Jesus what a Messiah ought to be and do.
Jesus stood there and showed Judas, and everyone else who pays attention, who the Messiah is and what he does for those he loves. He lays down his life for his friends (John 15:13).
You are one of those friends.
What a friend we have in Jesus!
It’s Sunday. Let’s go meet with our friends who know our Friend. Let’s take our friends who need to know our Friend. Let us become the kind of friend our Friend is.
I will become the kind of friend each of us needs.
Our Father, so many songs have been sung about the friend we have in Jesus. Make us the kind of friend he told us to be. Make us loyal, faithful, and true. Use us to draw others to you. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“