Monday, September 13, 2021
18 Jesus, having prayed this prayer, left with his disciples and crossed over the brook Kidron at a place where there was a garden. He and his disciples entered it.
2-4 Judas, his betrayer, knew the place because Jesus and his disciples went there often. So Judas led the way to the garden, and the Roman soldiers and police sent by the high priests and Pharisees followed. They arrived there with lanterns and torches, and swords. Jesus, knowing by now everything that was imploding on him, went out and met them. He said, “Who are you after?”
They answered, “Jesus the Nazarene.”
5-6 He said, “That’s me.” The soldiers recoiled, totally taken aback. Judas, his betrayer, stood out like a sore thumb.
-John 18:1-6 The Message
Jesus completes his mission.
Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested
Verse 1: When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden, in which He entered with His disciples.
Verse 2: Now Judas also, who was betraying Him, knew the place, for Jesus had often met there with His disciples.
Verse 3: Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
Verse 3 study: The chief priests and Pharisees were probably members of the temple guard. Their authority was given by religious leaders who were Jews to make arrests for infractions. The soldiers didn’t participate in the arrest but were peacemakers if things got out of control.
Verse 4: So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”
Verse 5: They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene,” He said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them.
Verse 4-5 study: John didn’t record Judas’ kiss of greeting (Matthew 26:49; Mark 14:45; Luke 22:47-48); the kiss turned into a turning point for disciples. Jesus’ arrest would change each disciples’ life. For the first time, Judas betrayed Jesus openly in front of other disciples. And for the first time, loyal disciples ran away from Jesus (Matthew 26:56). The disciples would go for serious testing before they transformed from hesitant followers to dynamic leaders.
Verse 6: So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
Verse 6 study: Many men were distracted by the boldness of Jesus’ words, “I am He” (Exodus 3:14), or they knew his authority, and his power was evident to them.
Father, there are times where we learn about people’s betrayal. We don’t see it coming, but they are right there with us. I pray that when sellout happens, we continue to be faithful to you, and let us remember that this is a life lesson, preparing us for future troubles. In Jesus’ name. Amen!