Message: In John 18 Jesus is arrested and being tried by the priests and the Roman officials. While the priests were fabricating charges the Roman officials were telling them they found no fault in him. While all of this is going on, Jesus is being brought into the homes of the Roman officials, but the priests are waiting outside because they were afraid of defiling themselves. This struck me as so ridiculous because they were there falsely accusing Jesus of treason and trying to get him executed, but they were concerned about getting gentile cooties on them. IF they didn’t they wouldn’t be allowed to celebrate Passover.
Command: Follow after his heart and the rules will fall into place!
Promise: God has a deliverance plan that is way beyond our petty motives!
Warning: Our obsession over rules blinds us to the truth.
Application: As I read this I thought about all of the Christian religious things we obsess over following, while we simultaneously accuse others and hoping for their downfall. This is as sick as it gets!