As I read this description about Jesus standing in front of the Anas and Caiaphas and Pilate, I am struck by Jesus statement in verse 36: My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Jesus makes it clear that if He wanted, He could have a heavenly army fighting on His behalf at any moment. Instead, He has allowed Himself to be arrested.
This is key to understanding the mindset of Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God; equal to God. He has ultimate standing. He has unlimited power. But Jesus held back His power to serve us. (Read Philippians 2:1-11). Instead of serving Himself and glorifying Himself, Jesus served us and glorified God. He gave up His rights and held back His power for our good. That was His mindset.
We all have choices like that, whether you recognize them or not. You can use the power of your words to build someone up or tear them down. You can use the power of your money to buy luxuries for only yourself or to help someone in need. You can use the power of your influence and experience to set someone up for success, or to help him fail.
Someone who has the same mindset as Jesus uses his power to serve others. It’s amazing – when you do that, all of the stuff that seems so big to you right now shrinks. That’s why we encourage everyone in this Church to go on a short-term mission trip at some point. That kind of selfless serving fixes your mind. Your troubles shrink and your sense of mission grows.
Jesus said, “I didn’t come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” That was His mindset. These leader thought they were in control. They thought this was happening because of their muscle and their plan. No. They weren’t in control at all. Jesus had power to stop it. He chose not.