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Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come and thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Lord, I pray that your will, will be established on Earth and that Lord may this Earth be a part of your Kingdom where you are the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. Amen
Jesus may have come as a man on this Earth to serve, but ultimately Jesus was not of this Earth, He was God and King. He came to this Earth to establish rulership over our hearts, however, His Kingdom did not originate on this Earth, as such on Earth He was a King without subjects because His kingdom was not of this world. Had His Kingdom been of this world He could have called upon his servants to fight on His behalf and call upon them ‘so that [he would] not strike [his] foot against a stone’ (Matthew 4:6, Psalm 91:11-12). To establish His rulership over this Earth and take away ‘the keys of death and hades’ (Revelations 1:18) from Satan, Jesus had to enter Hell and He could only do so if He relinquished His title as God and King, as only a man could take back what a man (Adam) had given away ( eternal life with God). Even just a declaration of His heavenly title as the ‘I am’ (John 18:5-6) still made men fall, with this understanding Jesus Christ could have easily had the cup of judgment (John 18:11) pass from his lips but chose instead to go through this harrowing death.
What happened in John 18:5-6, is a testament of how Jesus was still in control of the situation, that what had been premeditated by Judas had already been foreseen long before the beginning of time. A Company of soldiers had followed Judas with the intention of capturing Christ should he choose to flee, but as spoken in previous posts the time had not yet arrived for Christ’s crucifixion, so prior to chapter 18 no man could touch or harm Christ. However, the time for Jesus’ sacrifice had come and if not for the Father removing the protection over Jesus, these men would not have had any ‘authority over Me [Jesus] at all’ (John 19:11). Jesus was not a victim in all of this, for he voluntarily chose to follow the men without putting a fight so that He would be a victor over death.
The irony in all of this was that Jesus was the true High Priest and the innocent lamb whose blood covered the doors of the Jews in Egypt from the Angel of death and protected their firstborn from being killed ( this story is known as the Passover). He was the one with whom His blood we cover our lives so that the Spirit, having been rebirthed to life, would not die when the accuser accuses Gods people of not being worthy enough to be called Gods children. He, Jesus, was the one who would make us clean and stand before the Lord God undefiled as spoken about in The purifying Spirit. However, these men whose Father was the devil (John 8:44), their hearts were already defiled for what they thought of was murder and evil, so there is great irony in that they didn’t want ‘to enter the headquarters themselves; otherwise they would be defiled and unable to eat the Passover’ (John 18:28), yet the true Passover ( The lamb to be sacrificed whose blood would cover all who wore it), the one that could actually purify them was the one they were planning to kill. All their man-made efforts and religion was fruitless when their hearts were so far gone from the Lords heart.
To know the Lord and His heart is to accept Him as your King and ruler and to understand the sacrifice that He made to set you free so that death could have no hold on you. When the Lord sets you free, you can begin to see things that otherwise were hidden to your natural eyes. In chapter 9 when the blind man had been given sight, his newfound sight meant He was kicked out of the synagogue because He was proclaiming things that those with eyes could not see because their eyes where not focused on the spiritual; the Lord in chapter 17: 24, prays that we will one day see the fathers glory. The Pharisees’ hearts did not know the Father or Christ and so they walked in prison chains yet through their earthly eyes felt that they were walking free and felt that their Earthly rituals (John 18:28) were what was keeping them free, this is perhaps the greatest tragedy that those with eyes to see remain blind.
We who have been blessed with new spiritual eyes, can not help but fall deeper in Love with the person that so recklessly loved us that He voluntarily chose to lay his life for us.