A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
Why should we attend Church? Hebrews 10:25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 2 Peter 3:9.
John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible – It is the duty of saints to assemble together for public worship, on the account of God, who has appointed it, who approves of it, and whose glory is concerned in it; and on the account of the saints themselves, that they may be delighted, refreshed, comforted, instructed, edified, and perfected; and on account of others, that they may be convinced, converted, and brought to the knowledge and faith of Christ; And an assembling together ought not to be forsaken; for it is forsaking God, As the manner of some is; “who separate from the ways of the congregation”; that is, who do not do the duties thereof, but exhorting one another; to prayer, to attend public worship, to regard all the duties of religion, to adhere to Christ, “comforting one another”; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching; either of death, or the last judgment, or rather of Jerusalem’s destruction; which at the writing of this epistle (letter) was near at hand; and was an affair that greatly concerned these Hebrews; and by various symptoms might be observed by them, as approaching; the day of darkness, infidelity, and blasphemy in the last days of the world, after which will succeed the latter day Glory.
“Jesus Taken to Annas”, John 18:12) Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound Him, 13) And led Him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. 14) Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people. Quest Study Bible – Why was Jesus brought to the father in law of the high priest? This was a preliminary investigation done in preparation for the interrogation by the Sanhedrin (the council). At one time Annas was the high priest. But after the Romans deposed him, he retained the power behind the office. He was succeeded first by a son and then by a son in law, Caiaphas and still later by three more sons. History tells us that he was wealthy, ambitious and crafty (Luke 3:2).
“Peter’s First Denial”, John 18:15) And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. 16) But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. 17) Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this Man’s disciples? He saith, I am not. 18) And the servants and officers stood there, who had mad a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself. Quest Study Bible – v16 While we cannot know for certain this other disciple’s identity, most believe it was John, making another anonymous reference to himself (13:23). It was a mark of honor and prestige to know the high priest on a personal basis, so this may be a display of humility in his writing.
“The High Priest Questions Jesus”, John 18:19) The high priest then asked Jesus of His Disciples, and of His Doctrine. 20) Jesus answered Him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. 21) Why askest thou me? ask them which heard Me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said. 22) And when He had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? 23) Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil; bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou Me? Hebrews 12:3. 24) Now Annas had sent Him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.</strong> More to come and God Bless You.</strong>