Studies In The Book Of John
John 18:1-3 “(1) When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. (2) And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. (3) Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.”
A. Jesus entered into the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36 and Mark 14:32).
1. This was located in the Mount of Olives (Mark 14:26-32 and Luke 22:39).
2. The eleven disciples were with Him, but we also know that Jesus took Peter, James, and John aside (Matthew 26:37; cf. Matthew 4:21).
B. Judas knew where to find Jesus, for this was a common place for our Lord to reside (Luke 21:37).
1. Judas guided (Acts 1:16) a great multitude of armed men to take Jesus into custody (Matthew 26:47).
2. This arrest is fitting for criminals (Matthew 26:55 and Mark 14:48), but the Son of God had done nothing to deserve this (I Peter 2:21-23).
3. The chief priests and Pharisees authorized this arrest as they’ve been looking to take Jesus (Luke 19:47 and John 11:57).
John 18:4-6 “(4) Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? (5) They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. (6) As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.”
A. Jesus knew what was coming and not just because “the writing was on the wall” (Matthew 16:21, Matthew 20:18, Mark 8:31, Mark 10:33-34, Luke 9:22, and Luke 24:6-7; cf. John 2:24-25).
1. When it was not His time (John 7:8, John 7:30, and John 8:20), Jesus kept from being captured (John 7:1).
2. Now, it is His time, and He is boldly ready to die (John 13:1-3; cf. Proverbs 28:1).
3. We must remember that all of these things occurred in accordance with God’s will (Acts 2:22-23).
B. They were seeking Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 2:19-23 and Matthew 21:11).
1. Jesus confessed, “I am He” (II Timothy 2:13).
2. The response Jesus gave caused them to fall backwards (cf. Psalms 27:1-3).
John 18:7-9 “(7) Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. (8) Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: (9) That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.”
A. Jesus wanted the eleven disciples with Him to be set free (John 10:27-29).
1. Jesus did not need the company of man, for He was not alone (John 8:16, John 8:28-29, and John 16:32; cf. Psalms 37:25 and Hebrews 13:5-6).
2. The time to suffer, for the sake of Christ, was to come later for the Apostles (John 15:19-21, John 16:1-4, Acts 5:18, Acts 5:40-42, Acts 12:1-4, II Corinthians 11:25-29, and I Thessalonians 2:14-16).
B. In fulfilling His own words, Jesus did not lose any of the disciples (John 17:12).
1. Had the Apostles been killed with Jesus, the Gospel would not have been preached (Mark 16:14-16) in the whole world (Colossians 1:23).
a. Without the Gospel being preached, mankind could not be saved (Romans 1:16, Romans 10:13-17, and Ephesians 1:13).
b. We need to be thankful that the Gospel cannot be silenced (II Timothy 2:8-9 and I Peter 1:23-25).
2. Had the Apostles been killed with Jesus, the foundation of the church would not have been properly laid (Ephesians 2:20-22).
a. When there is not a solid foundation supporting something, it falls (Matthew 7:26-27).
b. Without the church, there'd be no salvation (Acts 2:47 and Ephesians 5:23).
c. We need to be thankful that we are built upon a foundation that is of God (II Timothy 2:19).
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