Today we begin a four- week message series called the Journey to the Cross. In this series will we focus primarily on the Book of John, chapters 18 and 19 as we journey to Easter. Now you may ask why John and not the other gospels? As one reads the gospel of John you’ll notice that John intentionally records some very specific events which the other gospel writers; Matthew, Mark and Luke did not record. And John, he leaves out incidents the other gospels included. One must ask why John’s record especially here in 18 and 19, the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus is different?

Most scholars believe John obviously was aiming to create a certain impression upon his readers about Jesus and when you consider John’s added or deleted emphasizes we do gain a new or different perspective of Jesus. And these different perspectives are most certainly valuable as we can apply them personally to our lives. That’s cause to focus on the Book of John for the next few weeks as we draw to Easter.

And just to clarify what John was trying impress upon us I believe it was this. Whereas Matthew, Mark and Luke write more about Jesus’ suffering, we’ll see John did not. In truth, John purposely leaves those tragic events out and instead gives us snapshots of Jesus’ authority, his power, strength and his majesty.

The overall impression that John conveys through his narrative is that Jesus was in complete control of His arrest and crucifixion. Jesus was calmly in control of the events leading to His death. He was not a tragic victim, but rather the good shepherd who willingly laid down His life for His sheep.

I hope you’ll join us for this series. As always, I appreciate you listening. May God bless your day.
Pastor Joel Morris