March 1, 2023 – Lent

LENT

His Final Steps Led to Some Greeks

When our Savior stood before Annas, father-in-law of the high priest, during the first of those mockeries of justice he had to endure throughout the night on Holy Thursday, Annas asked our Lord about his disciples and his teaching. Our Savior’s response? “ ‘I have spoken openly to the world. I always taught in a synagogue or at the temple, where all the Jews gather. I said nothing in secret. Why are you questioning me? Ask those who heard what I told them. Look, they know what I said.’ When he said this, one of the guards standing there hit Jesus in the face. ‘Is that how you answer the high priest?’ he demanded” (John 18:20-22). What strikes you about that record? The guard who hit Jesus! Yet another of the atrocities our Savior suffered for us as he took his final steps to Golgotha.

But tonight, focus instead on what Jesus said: “I have spoken openly to the world. I always taught in a synagogue or at the temple, where all the Jews gather. I said nothing in secret” (John 18:20). Do we realize how much of that public teaching Jesus did during Holy Week? After he cleansed the temple on Monday and again on Tuesday when he returned to the temple courts? Despite the obvious danger, he didn’t shy away from those final confrontations with the high priests and experts in the law. Nor did Jesus hide himself from lost sinners who still yearned to hear him teach. Instead . . .

His Final Steps Led to Some Greeks.

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