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Pastor Sean Brizendine

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Re: The Desire of Ages--75--Before Annas and the Court of Caiaphas
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2017, 09:45:41 AM »
Amen, Richard! What a powerful parallel that prophecy portrays for us! We can be thankful that Christ's faithful people, if they are beholding the loveliness of Jesus day by day, need not be led astray. Our continual need of Jesus is something each must learn, and we must each exercise saving faith with a surrender of all the heart in order to be saved. Like John, the Lord would not have us hide what we believe and who we are at this time of crisis in the world and in God's church.

As I reflect on what Jesus faced before Annas and the court of Caiphas, I am encouraged to see how John chose not to try to hide that he was a follower of Jesus (he is referring to himself in his gospel as "another disciple"), as Peter tried to do. We need not be ashamed of Jesus, even if it means that we will face persecution. Jesus suffered more keenly than we can imagine, and well would it be for us to behold His loveliness of character that we may be encouraged and strengthened to be His witnesses. Let us let the light of His love shine!

"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" (John 18:15).

"The disciple John, upon entering the judgment hall, did not try to conceal the fact that he was a follower of Jesus. He did not mingle with the rough company who were reviling his Master. He was not questioned, for he did not assume a false character, and thus lay himself liable to suspicion. He sought a retired corner secure from the notice of the mob, but as near Jesus as it was possible for him to be. Here he could see and hear all that took place at the trial of his Lord." {The Desire of Ages, page 711, paragraph 1}

Thankfully, John's presence there meant He could hear and know what was taking place, so he could be an eyewitness and testify of Christ's experience for us in the Scripture. While we are not able to physically see all that Jesus endured for us that led up to His crucifixion, through the word of God, and the beautiful book The Desire of Ages, we are given beautiful glimpses of Jesus that will uplift our souls.
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}