Edwin G. Spahr

Gethsemane to Galilee

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Chapter 6 The Garden Tomb

John 20:1-18 Heart of the Christian Faith If the death of Jesus is the heart of our faith, the resurrection of Christ is the cornerstone of the Gospel. We read that the Lord Jesus Christ “was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:4). The resurrection was the central theme in the testimony of the early church. “With great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 4:33...

Chapter 5 The Crucifixion

John 19:17-30 Trek to Golgotha The heartbeat of the Gospel is at Calvary. With bowed hearts we now behold our Lord there. “And He bearing His cross went forth into a place called the place of a Skull, which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha” {v. 17). The Latin name for the worst of criminals was “cross bearer.” No Roman citizen could be crucified for any crime, no matter how heinous. It was such an ignominous way to die! “He became obedient unto death, even the death of the ...

Chapter 4 Behold The Man!

John 19:1-16 The Whipping Scene This chapter begins with another miscarriage of justice. “Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him” (v. 1). Pilate had said to the crowd: “I have found no cause of death in Him” (v. 1). Pilate had said to the crowd: “I have found no cause of death in Him; I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go” (Luke 23:12). This is an amazing statement of contradiction. Imagine a judge proclaiming: “He is not guilty, therefore I will have Him beaten.” Pil...

Chapter 3 The Mock Trial

John 18:28-40 Christ before Pilate After the religious trial of Jesus, the civil trial began. “They led Jesus therefore from Caiaphas to the Hall of Judgment, and it was early” (v. 28). They had bound the Lord Jesus and led Him to Annas (v. 13). Annas sent Him to Caiaphas (v. 24). Afterwards, they brought Him to the Praetorium, the governor’s official residence. The Son of God, was led as a Lamb to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7). “Hall of Judgment?” In my Bible I have thus placed a q...

Chapter 2 The Forsaken Master

John 18:12-27 We now begin the long, agonizing walk from Gethsemane to Gabbatha. All was superlative that night they seized our Lord in the Garden. The Great Submission and Humiliation “Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound Him” (v. 12). The Savior is arrested and bound, as a criminal today is handcuffed. What shame He suffered! This would prejudice Him as already guilty. Omnipotence in bonds! Why were they able to bind Him who has all power in he...

Chapter 1 The Suffering But Triumphant Savior

John 18:1-11 In these pages we will walk with our Suffering Savior and Triumphant Lord from Gethsemane to Galilee. Let us pray that we will be given “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Eph. 1:17). Our meditations will be in the Gospel by John, chapters 18 through 21. Though our eyes will be upon our Lord, we cannot help but note an instructive spiritual progression for the believer as we go to: · Gethsemane — The place of prayer and yielding to the will o...

Preface

These expository, devotional meditations have been written primarily for pastors and others in the Philippines, the land of my rich inheritance in the Lord for the past thirty wonderful years. I refer to the inspired statement concerning Abraham: “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance” (Hebrews 11:8). What I have learned from others and what may be original are by now so inextricably entwined that I cannot separate ...

Gethsemane To Galilee

Edwin G. Spahr   © 1977 by O.M.F. Publishers 1361 Romuaidez St., Paco, Manila Republic of the Philippines Foreword For almost three decades one of the best known and best loved Evangelical preachers in the city of Manila was Dr. Edwin G. Spahr. His Sunday morning message at Grace Bible Church not only inspired and thrilled the many who gathered but sent them out to live and witness for Christ who was always given the pre-eminence. Dr. Spahr was co-founder and co-principal of Gra...

Chapter 7 The Risen Lord

John 21:1-25 Galilee, the Discipleship Center Strong associations clustered around the Sea of Galilee for Jesus and His disciples. It was while walking along its shores that he called Peter and Andrew, James and John to become fishers of men (Mark 1:16-20). In the fierce gale of wind as the waves were beating into their boat the disciples awakened Him, and they feared exceedingly to behold the Sea become perfectly calm at His: “Peace, be still!”(Mark 4:37-41). Sitting in a little boat on...
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