QT – John 18

Vs. 36, “Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” Jesus was standing before Pilate because He willingly allowed Judas Iscariot and the detatchment of soliders, chief priests, and Pharisees to arrest Him that night. Now the intersesting thing to note is the comparison with the garden. The first man, Adam…was in a garden and failed all the while hiding himself….while Jesus (the Last Adam), would triumph and boldly reveal Himself. We also see the sad reality of Peter’s denial of Christ three times…the Bible is not trying to depict Peter as a failure…rather reveailing to us how we are much like Peter at times.

Regarding application…Disobedience. Vs. 10, “Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)” In drawing the sword, Peter was most definitely disobeying the Lord. Think about it…Jesus does not need our protection. The weapons we need to be using our not physical ones…rather spiritual ones. Peter used the wrong weapon, had the wrong motive, acted under the wrong orders, and accomplished the ultimate wrong result! Graciously, Jesus heal’s Malchus’ ear and therefore protecting Peter against possible arrest. Though Peter was brash and courageous…he unwillingly tempted Jesus to fight back! Sometimes, we act before we pray. Even with good intentions….we can disobey God when we choose to not heed His Word.

Question: How does disobedience to God look like in our day? There is obvious disobedience….not reading His word, not bearing the fruits, not loving others, etc… But I think that if we were to compare the disobedience to Peter’s….that would be like us trying to do things “OUR” way when it comes to approaching church. Trying to do things “OUR” way when it comes to singing, prayer, fellowship. We might be trying to serve God, but if it is not in the parameters of His will, it is flat out disobedience. Brothers & sisters in Christ…let us prayerfully consider if we have knowingly or unknowingly been disobeying God. By His Grace, His mercy triumph’s over judgment….but let us not procrastinate, for salvation of the lost is at stake!