The Gospel of John: The Arrest

February 22nd, 2016

The Gospel of John: The Arrest

John 18:1-11

The Betrayal (v. 1-3)

      John reports that the words which Jesus spoke were spoken while He and the disciples traveled to the Garden of Gethsemane

     The Greek shows that these events are happening simultaneously

      Judas brings a cohort of Roman soldiers to arrest Jesus in the garden

     Cohort = 200 to 600 men

      They are prepared for a violent confrontation

      Judas would have met in the garden with Jesus in the past

     A reminder of their close relationship

 

The Questioning (v. 4-9)

      Jesus is depicted as knowing what is about to happen (v. 4)

     And thus is in control of the situation

      Even beginning the questioning

      When Jesus identifies Himself, He uses a form of the divine name “I Am” (v. 5, 7)

     Thus the mob’s reaction (v. 6)

      He then surrenders, insisting that His disciples be released

     Thus showing His care for them

     And fulfilling earlier Jesus’ promise (17:12)

 

The Defiance (v. 10-11)

      Peter acts rashly, attacking one of the mob

     They are outnumbered at least 20 to 1

     Peter is obviously not adept with a sword

      Cutting off the man’s ear

      Which Jesus healed (cf. Luke 22:51)

      Shows Peter’s lack of understanding of Jesus’ mission (cf. Matt. 26:52-54)

     This was the will of His Father (v. 11; cf. Luke 22:42)

     He was not being captured

      He was giving Himself over to His enemies

      He is still in control

 

So What?

      Jesus went to the Cross willingly, to accomplish His Father’s will: our salvation.

      We must come to Jesus willingly, laying down our lives & our swords, surrendering to His will.

 

Meditation Verse: John 18:11

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