Gospel of John: Hail Caesar

The chiasm outlined by Jo-Ann A. Brant has a classic seven-point structure. A Exterior: John 18:29-32, Jesus is brought to Pilate with a demand for execution; Pilate refuses      B Interior: John 18:33-38, Pilate asks about Jesus’s royal claim           C Exterior: John 18:38-40, Pilate finds Jesus innocent, but the temple elite choose Barabbas                … Continue reading Gospel of John: Hail Caesar

Gospel of John: Emergency Council Meeting

Faced with the same evidence, some were moved to belief, and some were hardened in unbelief. And yet God’s purpose for Messiah still advanced. Even with free will, no person can alter God’s divine plan. As one commentator put it, Nothing people can do will thwart or alter the sovereign will of God, and nothing God does ever sets aside the free choice of people.