Bible Study from Calvary Chapel Newberg
with Tom Fuller
He did it alone
- Betrayed by a friend (Judas, John 18:2)
- Denied by those closest to Him (Peter, John 18:17)
- Abandoned by everyone who knew Him (Mark 13:50)
- Condemned by the Jews (John 19:7)
- Attacked by the Gentiles (John 19:1-3)
- Crucified by the government (John 19:18)
- Stripped of all things He had on earth (John 19:23-24)
His person violated
His position challenged
His character questioned
Jesus was presented with several “outs”:
Man’s rescue (Peter with the sword in John 18:10-11). Jesus’ response: I have to do this the Father’s way.
Religious rescue: John 18:19-23. He could have shown deference to the High Priest who wanted Jesus to prove Himself. Jesus responded that he simply needed to listen to what’s already been said.
Secular rescue: John 18:33-38. He could have submitted Himself to Pilate and deny who He was (a king). Though Pilate knew He was innocent, he bowed to the crowd’s wishes and let the cruifixion happen.
In the end, Jesus was left completely alone. Even the Father abandoned Him (“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matt 27:46)
Isaiah 63:5 I looked, but there was no one to help, and I was amazed that no one assisted; so My arm accomplished victory for Me.”
Jesus had to accomplish our salvation by Himself so that no one could take credit or think that they had anything in themselves that was worthy.
Ephesians 2:8 “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast.”
Grace is unmerited favor—a gift with no strings attached. Jesus made us right again with God by taking our place on the cross, laying down His life, then offering eternal life through belonging to Him.
Let’s end with the last words of Jesus John records in Chapter 19, verse 30. He said: “It is finished.” The Greek word John uses is: tetelestai. It means to have accomplished something. The perfect tense is used which indicates that Jesus’ action once on the cross will have abiding or lasting results. It was what was written on a receipt to say “paid in full.” The debt owed to God for our sins was paid in full by Jesus and declared so by His last words.
It also shows us that He didn’t need us to make that payment. He did it alone, but then gives to us the benefits of that payment so that we never have to be alone again. Him dying for us means He can be ever present with us. “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
He did it alone so you’d never have to be alone. Let’s think about that payment, what it took Jesus to pay it, and then rejoice in the fellowship that never ends!