Our highest motivation must be to please Christ. He knows our hearts, so be straight up with Him.
2 All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.
John 18 tells of Jesus’ arrest and trial before the Jewish leaders and then Pilate. There are three “fails” in this part of the story:
1. Peter, who still thought that Jesus was the Conquering Messiah, so he started to protect Jesus by attacking with his sword. He hit a servant on the side of the head and cut off his ear. We find Malchus’ story in Luke:
51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Luke 22:51
Since John stated his name where the other accounts only called him the high priest’s servant, we gather that Malchus likely became a known believer. We can certainly hope!
2. The Jewish leaders, in that they were wanting to stay ceremonially undefiled to continue celebrating the Passover (it was an all-week affair), yet were in the process of having the Son of God put to death! Truly, Jesus’ statement about them was true:
24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Matthew 23:24
3. Pilate, when he was interviewing Jesus, refused to recognize the Truth standing right in front of him!
Even though Jesus knew their hearts, He honored their decision to reject Him. How sad to be so close and yet miss the Savior!
Christianity is not a “pick and choose buffet” where we select how we want to serve Him. We are to obey the Holy Spirit on ALL directives.
Bryan quotes Adrian Rogers, “Jesus may be resident in your heart, but is He president?”
I’ve heard it this way, “If Jesus is not LORD of all [in our lives], He is not Lord At all.”
There is also this illustration: In our hearts are a throne and cross. Which one is Christ on and which one are you on?