John 18 – Three times Jesus in the Garden Jesus answered: “I AM he.” Judas heard it, the soldiers heard it and the outwardly religious but inwardly hard-hearted High Priest Caiaphas heard it. All are without excuse. Caiaphas added to that: “You do not realize that it is more to your advantage to have one man to die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.” [John 11] Jesus spoke about the Caiaphas’ of this world: “You study the scriptures thoroughly because you think in them you possess eternal life, and it is these same scriptures that testify about me.” [Joh 5:39 & John 18] Like the Caiaphas’ of this world, the heart will remain hard unless the Holy Spirit pierces it. Pray that your heart is soft to the calling of God.
Caiaphas was privileged as High Priest to lead the nation to God, yet ironically, he had easily put aside the commandment “thou shalt not kill” because Jesus was a stumbling block to his goal of remaining in that role. God allowed the hard-hearted Caiaphas to fulfill his plan; “For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” [John 3:16] The scripture reveals that hard-hearted men like Caiaphas will one day bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. [Phil 2]
Truth: One’s “mouth speaks from what fills his heart. [Luk 6:45] Be sure your heart is filled with the truth of the I AM HE!