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Jesus Changes Everything: Resolve & Fear (John 18:1-27)

Jesus Changes Everything: Resolve & Fear (John 18:1-27)

Life presents us with many challenging circumstances, some of them are seemingly neutral (where to go to school, who to marry, careers) while others are more oppositional in nature, as in something is opposing us. Other challenges are born from within bad thinking, feeling and acting patterns, how we relate to God, ourselves and others. There are often two ways to respond in most situations, with courage that leads to resolve, or with fear which leads to our wilting under the challenge. In John 18:1-27 we see Jesus and Peter in different roles, but in the same rooms when confronted with opposition and challenge. Jesus, in obedience to the Father, chooses resolve, even while knowing what is coming next. Peter, giving in to fear and confusion, first lashes out and then wilts in the challenge. In this text we see the difference that can be made when we truly know & trust who Jesus is, and when we get confused cause he is not who we want Him to be. In the end of the story, Jesus is