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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“Be quick to handle assignments that God has given you.”

TB

On High

Notice the plans, dreams, and goals that God places in your heart. Often time they seem wildly progressive and beyond our scope of the imagination. But, if the Bible is any indication that what God’s desire for us is great, we should be quick to listen, accept, and obey the directives, jumping into action with what He’s planned for us. While it’s important to confirm that our steps are aligned with His plan, there’s only so much research one can do before we must get to work.

Wild Ride

Get ready for the incredible journey that is leading a Christ-filled life. Compared to the lies and handcuffs of the natural world, God’s plan seems perplexing and impossible. But friends, ask yourself this, why is it so easy to accept a life of bondage and enslavement? Surely God does not want His people to be at the mercy of people, places, or things. In order to step into the ways of Christ, we first must reject the corrupt and evil practices set in place. To do that successfully, we must quickly and faithfully jump into action, working on the mission that God has assigned you. One step at a time, you will find that His way makes way more sense than the foolish plans of man.

Today’s Question

Are you fulfilling your assignment?

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Jeremiah 47

1 This is the LORD ’s message to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the Philistines of Gaza, before it was captured by the Egyptian army. 2 This is what the LORD says: “A flood is coming from the north to overflow the land. It will destroy the land and everything in it— cities and people alike. People will scream in terror, and everyone in the land will wail. 3 Hear the clatter of stallions’ hooves and the rumble of wheels as the chariots rush by. Terrified fathers run madly, without a backward glance at their helpless children. 4 “The time has come for the Philistines to be destroyed, along with their allies from Tyre and Sidon. Yes, the LORD is destroying the remnant of the Philistines, those colonists from the island of Crete. 5 Gaza will be humiliated, its head shaved bald; Ashkelon will lie silent. You remnant from the Mediterranean coast, how long will you cut yourselves in mourning? 6 “Now, O sword of the LORD, when will you be at rest again? Go back into your sheath; rest and be still. 7 “But how can it be still when the LORD has sent it on a mission? For the city of Ashkelon and the people living along the sea must be destroyed.”

Lane

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Get out of the dumb lane by not copying what other people say and do: Copy what God says and does.” ~ Jon Barnes

God

God doesn’t have any lanes for you to travel in, but He has commandments of obedience, forgiveness, truth, faith, work, and trust.  Believe that God will reward your honest efforts of love, grace, mercy, and purpose in Him and you will continue to follow the Path of Righteousness that God sets for you.

Connect

Follow and study how ants communicate, move around, and work together to improve each other’s standing.  They don’t do it alone or in isolation.  The connection is two by two and the truth is quickly carried to the next one without changing the message.  There is no need to fight, argue, and hold onto hurtful feelings from the past or present.  Forgive, move, and work like the ant and God’s message of forgiveness will live in your heart.

Formulate

This is not a lane but a pattern God has set and instructs us from the readings in His Bible to understand how we should move, think, learn, grow, and know how to share love, truth, and justice in our daily lifestyle.  Stop using dumb phases that you hear from people and use bible stories to communicate like ants and God will fix and bless your mess with love, forgiveness, wisdom, and leadership of how ants operate.
Today’s Question
Did you forget God’s message by limiting God’s power with your lane of hate, control, unforgiveness, and disobedience?  ~  Jon Barnes

 

Job 31 

Job’s Final Protest of Innocence

31 “I made a covenant with my eyes
    not to look with lust at a young woman.
For what has God above chosen for us?
    What is our inheritance from the Almighty on high?
Isn’t it calamity for the wicked
    and misfortune for those who do evil?
Doesn’t he see everything I do
    and every step I take?
“Have I lied to anyone
    or deceived anyone?
Let God weigh me on the scales of justice,
    for he knows my integrity.
If I have strayed from his pathway,
    or if my heart has lusted for what my eyes have seen,
    or if I am guilty of any other sin,
then let someone else eat the crops I have planted.
    Let all that I have planted be uprooted.
“If my heart has been seduced by a woman,
    or if I have lusted for my neighbor’s wife,
10 then let my wife serve[a] another man;
    let other men sleep with her.
11 For lust is a shameful sin,
    a crime that should be punished.
12 It is a fire that burns all the way to hell.[b]
    It would wipe out everything I own.
13 “If I have been unfair to my male or female servants
    when they brought their complaints to me,
14 how could I face God?
    What could I say when he questioned me?
15 For God created both me and my servants.
    He created us both in the womb.
16 “Have I refused to help the poor,
    or crushed the hopes of widows?
17 Have I been stingy with my food
    and refused to share it with orphans?
18 No, from childhood I have cared for orphans like a father,
    and all my life I have cared for widows.
19 Whenever I saw the homeless without clothes
    and the needy with nothing to wear,
20 did they not praise me
    for providing wool clothing to keep them warm?
21 “If I raised my hand against an orphan,
    knowing the judges would take my side,
22 then let my shoulder be wrenched out of place!
    Let my arm be torn from its socket!
23 That would be better than facing God’s judgment.
    For if the majesty of God opposes me, what hope is there?
24 “Have I put my trust in money
    or felt secure because of my gold?
25 Have I gloated about my wealth
    and all that I own?
26 “Have I looked at the sun shining in the skies,
    or the moon walking down its silver pathway,
27 and been secretly enticed in my heart
    to throw kisses at them in worship?
28 If so, I should be punished by the judges,
    for it would mean I had denied the God of heaven.
29 “Have I ever rejoiced when disaster struck my enemies,
    or become excited when harm came their way?
30 No, I have never sinned by cursing anyone
    or by asking for revenge.
31 “My servants have never said,
    ‘He let others go hungry.’
32 I have never turned away a stranger
    but have opened my doors to everyone.
33 “Have I tried to hide my sins like other people do,
    concealing my guilt in my heart?
34 Have I feared the crowd
    or the contempt of the masses,
    so that I kept quiet and stayed indoors?
35 “If only someone would listen to me!
    Look, I will sign my name to my defense.
Let the Almighty answer me.
    Let my accuser write out the charges against me.
36 I would face the accusation proudly.
    I would wear it like a crown.
37 For I would tell him exactly what I have done.
    I would come before him like a prince.
38 “If my land accuses me
    and all its furrows cry out together,
39 or if I have stolen its crops
    or murdered its owners,
40 then let thistles grow on that land instead of wheat,
    and weeds instead of barley.”
Job’s words are ended.
Love,
Jonathan

Moved

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
When you can’t seem to make things work where you live and work, move to a better location with the money you saved and live a better life!”  ~ Jon Barnes

Problems

Assess the problems that you are having and identify if you are the cause or the environment is unstable.  It is your job to see if you are being set up to fail, so find a better solution.  In the woods with nature, it is you against the environment and the animals.  You must master your environment to understand it and take care of your business and family.

Savings

Doing good works for God is like a savings bank in heaven and your faith is increased by your obedience to God.  This walking relationship with God is fun, interesting, honest, and should happen every day of your life.  The more you walk with The Creator, the richer you become!  The more you act wickedly, steal from people and cause trouble, the more you and your stuff will burn in hell.  People who are evil belong to the bank of hell, boh!  People who love God and prove it, belong to the Bank of Heaven, BOH.  Don’t get it confused.

Options

A resourceful person has options because their work ethic has taught them skills to survive, craftsmanship, loyalty, and quality of faith.  Disobedient people reject the responsibility to face the music, follow God’s directions, and to do quality work that benefits everyone.  Options become limited based on their faith, feeling, family, financial freedom, and fidelity lifestyle. You can not move on if you are not honest with yourself and God.  You can physically move locations, but your problems will always follow you!
Today’s Question
Will you remain confused all of your life, burning up about your mistakes for eternity, or will you move to finally listen and do the work of faith in God?
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1 Chronicles

 

David Defeats the Ammonites

19 Some time after this, King Nahash of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun[a] became king. David said, “I am going to show loyalty to Hanun because his father, Nahash, was always loyal to me.” So David sent messengers to express sympathy to Hanun about his father’s death.
But when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon, the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, “Do you really think these men are coming here to honor your father? No! David has sent them to spy out the land so they can come in and conquer it!” So Hanun seized David’s ambassadors and shaved them, cut off their robes at the buttocks, and sent them back to David in shame.
When David heard what had happened to the men, he sent messengers to tell them, “Stay at Jericho until your beards grow out, and then come back.” For they felt deep shame because of their appearance.
When the people of Ammon realized how seriously they had angered David, Hanun and the Ammonites sent 75,000 pounds[b] of silver to hire chariots and charioteers from Aram-naharaim, Aram-maacah, and Zobah. They also hired 32,000 chariots and secured the support of the king of Maacah and his army. These forces camped at Medeba, where they were joined by the Ammonite troops that Hanun had recruited from his own towns. When David heard about this, he sent Joab and all his warriors to fight them. The Ammonite troops came out and drew up their battle lines at the entrance of the city, while the other kings positioned themselves to fight in the open fields.
10 When Joab saw that he would have to fight on both the front and the rear, he chose some of Israel’s elite troops and placed them under his personal command to fight the Arameans in the fields. 11 He left the rest of the army under the command of his brother Abishai, who was to attack the Ammonites. 12 “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then come over and help me,” Joab told his brother. “And if the Ammonites are too strong for you, I will help you. 13 Be courageous! Let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. May the Lord’s will be done.”
14 When Joab and his troops attacked, the Arameans began to run away. 15 And when the Ammonites saw the Arameans running, they also ran from Abishai and retreated into the city. Then Joab returned to Jerusalem.
16 The Arameans now realized that they were no match for Israel, so they sent messengers and summoned additional Aramean troops from the other side of the Euphrates River.[c]These troops were under the command of Shobach,[d] the commander of Hadadezer’s forces.
17 When David heard what was happening, he mobilized all Israel, crossed the Jordan River, and positioned his troops in battle formation. Then David engaged the Arameans in battle, and they fought against him. 18 But again the Arameans fled from the Israelites. This time David’s forces killed 7,000 charioteers and 40,000 foot soldiers, including Shobach, the commander of their army. 19 When Hadadezer’s allies saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they surrendered to David and became his subjects. After that, the Arameans were no longer willing to help the Ammonites.
Love,
Jonathan

Bring Back

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Bring back the Gospel of the Cross to move forward in the steps of your life and leave all of the stuff behind you that is weighing you down.”  ~ Jon Barnes

Fat Burner

The Bible is a fat burner to reduce the amount of sin you carry around your spiritual belly.  Do nothing and it will grow and take over your life and health.  I exercise more and eat less as I carry around the Gospel to share with others everywhere I go.  We find a way to talk about how cool God is to us with life, liberty, and freedom to work, eat, drink, think, and live.  Burn off the waste you are carrying around and manage your health as best as you can.  Improving your health is your responsibility, not the doctor’s job.

Calorie Intake

Many of my Great Aunts and Uncles are extremely healthy, with aunt Christina at 93 and sharp as a tack.  Their dad used to make them walk ten miles to church and back!  His picture is in The Gospel Movement section of the New Black Museum in DC.  His goal was to burn the fat calories of sin, train his 13 kids, and walk with them.  I can see that my family has a line of hard-working people, who took care of business and passed along a legacy of Godly common sense.  For those who have fallen, this is your wake up call to burn up the pile of sin before you burn up for eternity.

Embrus Barnes

My Great Grandfather would always tell me during family reunions to “Always remember that you are a Barnes and that means something!”  He was old, with a cane, and every word he said carried meaning, life, focus, and honest integrity. I received the baton from him personally, because I am the 1st Great Grand Son to walk in his shoes with love, respect, honor, dignity, purpose and I’m that next generation who will not compromise or abort the mission.  He did his best to teach his family how to bring back the Gospel of God into the home.  He was tough, but that is what it takes in love, to tell the truth! Not everyone listens, God will judge! 
Today’s Question
 Are your prepared to bring back the Gospel into your home, life, and daily space, to pass it onto the next generation, with God and His amazing Love or do you want your family to be remembered as druggies, thieves, liars, killers, or cultural barbarians?
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1 Chronicles 18 

David’s Military Victories

18 After this, David defeated and subdued the Philistines by conquering Gath and its surrounding towns. David also conquered the land of Moab, and the Moabites who were spared became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money.
David also destroyed the forces of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, as far as Hamath,[a] when Hadadezer marched out to strengthen his control along the Euphrates River. David captured 1,000 chariots, 7,000 charioteers, and 20,000 foot soldiers. He crippled all the chariot horses except enough for 100 chariots.
When Arameans from Damascus arrived to help King Hadadezer, David killed 22,000 of them. Then he placed several army garrisons[b] in Damascus, the Aramean capital, and the Arameans became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money. So the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.
David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer’s officers to Jerusalem, along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer’s towns of Tebah[c] and Cun. Later Solomon melted the bronze and molded it into the great bronze basin called the Sea, the pillars, and the various bronze articles used at the Temple.
When King Toi[d] of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the entire army of King Hadadezer of Zobah, 10 he sent his son Joram[e] to congratulate King David for his successful campaign. Hadadezer and Toi had been enemies and were often at war. Joram presented David with many gifts of gold, silver, and bronze.
11 King David dedicated all these gifts to the Lord, along with the silver and gold he had taken from the other nations—from Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek.
12 Abishai son of Zeruiah destroyed 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 13 He placed army garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. In fact, the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.
14 So David reigned over all Israel and did what was just and right for all his people. 15 Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian. 16 Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech[f] son of Abiathar were the priests. Seraiah[g]was the court secretary. 17 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king’s bodyguard.[h]And David’s sons served as the king’s chief assistants.
Love,
Jonathan

Unnoticed

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Your good work and thoughtfulness does not go unnoticed, even though evil people would like for you to believe that you free, unconditional love is worthless, pointless, and unnecessary.” ~ Jon Barnes

The Difference

The difference can be measured gradually and at a distance, when you climb up the mountain, the top and the bottom can see your growth. You are too busy climbing and finishing your journey to notice and measure your progress. Let the audience calculate the difference to measure your effectiveness and gains in your improvement and this will inspire the truth in your success with God.

Testimony

Your service is a true picture and testament to your faith, loyalty, work, and sunshine that you place onto the lives of others. The sun shines each day and so should your positive attitude and feelings of life and love.  There is both a quick and long term turn around benefit to God’s timing and seasons of reaping and sowing, so stay focused and don’t quit.

Speaks

You don’t have to say much since your work speaks for itself.  We know who you are and you cannot go unnoticed. Just imagine how much more God knows your thoughts, actions, and deeds since He is God! So tow the line, walk the trail, and fulfill the destiny. Speak less, do more and be noticed by God and everyone else! Your speech is written in your actions from the flesh of your heart.
Today’s Question

Since we can see your every move, are you still trying to hide in the bushes of your mountain trail in life on permanent vacation or are you still climbing?

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Exodus 28

Clothing for the Priests

28 “Call for your brother, Aaron, and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Set them apart from the rest of the people of Israel so they may minister to me and be my priests. Make sacred garments for Aaron that are glorious and beautiful. Instruct all the skilled craftsmen whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom. Have them make garments for Aaron that will distinguish him as a priest set apart for my service. These are the garments they are to make: a chest piece, an ephod, a robe, a patterned tunic, a turban, and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother, Aaron, and his sons to wear when they serve me as priests. So give them fine linen cloth, gold thread, and blue, purple, and scarlet thread.

Design of the Ephod

“The craftsmen must make the ephod of finely woven linen and skillfully embroider it with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread. It will consist of two pieces, front and back, joined at the shoulders with two shoulder-pieces. The decorative sash will be made of the same materials: finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread.
“Take two onyx stones, and engrave on them the names of the tribes of Israel.10 Six names will be on each stone, arranged in the order of the births of the original sons of Israel. 11 Engrave these names on the two stones in the same way a jeweler engraves a seal. Then mount the stones in settings of gold filigree.12 Fasten the two stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod as a reminder that Aaron represents the people of Israel. Aaron will carry these names on his shoulders as a constant reminder whenever he goes before the Lord. 13 Make the settings of gold filigree, 14 then braid two cords of pure gold and attach them to the filigree settings on the shoulders of the ephod.

Design of the Chest piece

15 “Then, with great skill and care, make a chest piece to be worn for seeking a decision from God.[a] Make it to match the ephod, using finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread. 16 Make the chest piece of a single piece of cloth folded to form a pouch nine inches[b] square.17 Mount four rows of gemstones[c] on it. The first row will contain a red carnelian, a pale-green peridot, and an emerald. 18 The second row will contain a turquoise, a blue lapis lazuli, and a white moonstone. 19 The third row will contain an orange jacinth, an agate, and a purple amethyst. 20 The fourth row will contain a blue-green beryl, an onyx, and a green jasper. All these stones will be set in gold filigree. 21 Each stone will represent one of the twelve sons of Israel, and the name of that tribe will be engraved on it like a seal.
22 “To attach the chest piece to the ephod, make braided cords of pure gold thread. 23 Then make two gold rings and attach them to the top corners of the chest piece. 24 Tie the two gold cords to the two rings on the chest piece. 25 Tie the other ends of the cords to the gold settings on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod.26 Then make two more gold rings and attach them to the inside edges of the chest piece next to the ephod. 27 And make two more gold rings and attach them to the front of the ephod, below the shoulder-pieces, just above the knot where the decorative sash is fastened to the ephod. 28 Then attach the bottom rings of the chest piece to the rings on the ephod with blue cords. This will hold the chestpiece securely to the ephod above the decorative sash.
29 “In this way, Aaron will carry the names of the tribes of Israel on the sacred chest piece[d] over his heart when he goes into the Holy Place. This will be a continual reminder that he represents the people when he comes before the Lord.30 Insert the Urim and Thummim into the sacred chest piece so they will be carried over Aaron’s heart when he goes into the Lord’s presence. In this way, Aaron will always carry over his heart the objects used to determine the Lord’s will for his people whenever he goes in before the Lord.

Additional Clothing for the Priests

31 “Make the robe that is worn with the ephod from a single piece of blue cloth,32 with an opening for Aaron’s head in the middle of it. Reinforce the opening with a woven collar[e] so it will not tear. 33 Make pomegranates out of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and attach them to the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them. 34 The gold bells and pomegranates are to alternate all around the hem.35 Aaron will wear this robe whenever he ministers before the Lord, and the bells will tinkle as he goes in and out of the Lord’s presence in the Holy Place. If he wears it, he will not die.
36 “Next make a medallion of pure gold, and engrave it like a seal with these words: Holy to the lord. 37 Attach the medallion with a blue cord to the front of Aaron’s turban, where it must remain. 38 Aaron must wear it on his forehead so he may take on himself any guilt of the people of Israel when they consecrate their sacred offerings. He must always wear it on his forehead so the Lord will accept the people.
39 “Weave Aaron’s patterned tunic from fine linen cloth. Fashion the turban from this linen as well. Also make a sash, and decorate it with colorful embroidery.
40 “For Aaron’s sons, make tunics, sashes, and special head coverings that are glorious and beautiful. 41 Clothe your brother, Aaron, and his sons with these garments, and then anoint and ordain them. Consecrate them so they can serve as my priests. 42 Also make linen undergarments for them, to be worn next to their bodies, reaching from their hips to their thighs. 43 These must be worn whenever Aaron and his sons enter the Tabernacle[f] or approach the altar in the Holy Place to perform their priestly duties. Then they will not incur guilt and die. This is a permanent law for Aaron and all his descendants after him.
Love,
Jonathan

Relocation

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
Growth pains from job promotions, graduations, relationships, and faith teaches you how to focus on the good page turns in life, up into the next step of destiny, after you have successfully passed the test in God’s plan.” ~ Jon Barnes

Test

In order to be a successful follower of Christ, you must simply pass each test and learn from your mistakes, like children playing on the playground. Each year you move to a new grade, level, and place of understanding to practice the lessons of love from God! Pay close attention to the good habits you form and continue to shed bad or questionable habits.

Teach

Teach yourself to be faithful to practice the commandments and laws to the best of your ability, as if you are working directly for God. Embrace these good habits to grow a better you, better mind, body and soul. Thank God for giving you a chance to see the light of love in your life, to share with others, and live the lifestyle of hope. Teach what you have learned from God by doing the work.

Task

Your new task is to ask God, what should I do about my life, my next move, and my present position. The homework and research that you do will bring good fruit because you are still doing the good work!  Count each task as step of joy, peace, happiness, love, and faith, which will sustain and prepare you for the next step.  Mastering God’s language of love, faith and work will give you an understanding and drive to become bilingual and sensitive to other cultures,  as you relocate and negotiate new moves.
Today’s Question
Are you scared to research, relocate and learn new languages to improve your faith, work, walk, and love for God or would you rather stay where you are and complain all of the time?
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John 18

Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested

18 After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples. The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove.
Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked.
“Jesus the Nazarene,”[a] they replied.
I am he,”[b] Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) As Jesus said I am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! Once more he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”
And again they replied, “Jesus the Nazarene.”
“I told you that I am he,” Jesus said. “And since I am the one you want, let these others go.” He did this to fulfill his own statement: “I did not lose a single one of those you have given me.”[c]
10 Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave. 11 But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?”

Jesus at the High Priest’s House

12 So the soldiers, their commanding officer, and the Temple guards arrested Jesus and tied him up. 13 First they took him to Annas, since he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest at that time.[d] 14 Caiaphas was the one who had told the other Jewish leaders, “It’s better that one man should die for the people.”

Peter’s First Denial

15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the high priest’s courtyard with Jesus. 16 Peter had to stay outside the gate. Then the disciple who knew the high priest spoke to the woman watching at the gate, and she let Peter in. 17 The woman asked Peter, “You’re not one of that man’s disciples, are you?”
“No,” he said, “I am not.”
18 Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood with them, warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19 Inside, the high priest began asking Jesus about his followers and what he had been teaching them. 20 Jesus replied, “Everyone knows what I teach. I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple, where the people[e] gather. I have not spoken in secret. 21 Why are you asking me this question? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said.”
22 Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded.
23 Jesus replied, “If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?”
24 Then Annas bound Jesus and sent him to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Peter’s Second and Third Denials

25 Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself, they asked him again, “You’re not one of his disciples, are you?”
He denied it, saying, “No, I am not.”
26 But one of the household slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Didn’t I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus?” 27 Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.

Jesus’ Trial before Pilate

28 Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then he was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor.[f] His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn’t be allowed to celebrate the Passover. 29 So Pilate, the governor, went out to them and asked, “What is your charge against this man?”
30 “We wouldn’t have handed him over to you if he weren’t a criminal!” they retorted.
31 “Then take him away and judge him by your own law,” Pilate told them.
“Only the Romans are permitted to execute someone,” the Jewish leaders replied.32 (This fulfilled Jesus’ prediction about the way he would die.[g])
33 Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.
34 Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”
35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?”
36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”
37 Pilate said, “So you are a king?”
Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”
38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. 39 But you have a custom of asking me to release one prisoner each year at Passover. Would you like me to release this ‘King of the Jews’?”
40 But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.)
Love,
Jonathan