John continues to show himself to be a master story-teller as he skillfully weaves the events of the suffering of Jesus into a description where we see the most powerful figures, by earthly standards, reduced to pathetic individuals who sell their souls in order to hold onto their positions of power. Meanwhile, Jesus, who at first glance appears weak and defeated, is presented still, in the midst of suffering as the True King! He is fully in charge of all of these events. No-one will take his life away from him, but he willingly lays his life into the hands of those who carry out this miscarriage of justice. In the midst of this compelling account we are reminded that Jesus also suffered as a man and therefore he understands our sufferings. May we respond by taking comfort from him and also by humbly worshiping him with our whole hearts!
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