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I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you,
but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I
have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do
so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will
be in them.”
Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested
18
After saying these things, ­Jesus crossed the
Kid­ron Valley with his disciples and entered
a grove of olive trees. 2 Ju­das, the betrayer, knew this
place, because ­Jesus had often gone there with his
disciples. 3 The leading priests and Phar­i­sees had
given Ju­das a contingent of Ro­man soldiers and
Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing
torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the
olive grove.
4 ­Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to
him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are
you looking for?” he asked.
5 “­Jesus the Naz­a­rene,”* they replied.
“I Am he,”* ­Jesus said. (Ju­das, who betrayed him,
was standing with them.) 6 As ­Jesus said “I Am he,”
they all drew back and fell to the ground! 7 Once more
he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”
And again they replied, “­Jesus the Naz­a­rene.”
8 “I told you that I Am he,” ­Jesus said. “And since I
am the one you want, let these others go.” 9 He did this
to fulfill his own statement: “I did not lose a single
one of those you have given me.”*
10 Then Si­mon Pe­ter drew a sword and slashed
off the right ear of Mal­chus, the high priest’s slave.
11 But ­Jesus said to Pe­ter, “Put your sword back into
its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering
the Father has given me?”
Jesus at the High Priest’s House
12 So
the soldiers, their commanding officer, and
the Temple guards arrested ­Jesus and tied him
up. 13 First they took him to An­nas, since he was
J ohn 1 8 : 2 5
the ­father-­in-­law of Ca­ia­phas, the high priest at
that time.* 14 Ca­ia­phas was the one who had told
the other Jew­ish leaders, “It’s better that one man
should die for the people.”
Peter’s First Denial
15 Si­mon
Pe­ter followed ­Jesus, as did another of the
disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with
the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the high
priest’s courtyard with ­Jesus. 16 Pe­ter had to stay outside the gate. Then the disciple who knew the high
priest spoke to the woman watching at the gate, and
she let Pe­ter in. 17 The woman asked Pe­ter, “You’re not
one of that man’s disciples, are you?”
“No,” he said, “I am not.”
18 Because it was cold, the household servants
and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood
around it, warming themselves, and Pe­ter stood with
them, warming himself.
The High Priest Questions Jesus
19 Inside,
the high priest began asking ­Jesus about
his followers and what he had been teaching them.
20 ­Jesus replied, “Every­one knows what I teach. I have
preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple,
where the people* gather. I have not spoken in secret.
21 Why are you asking me this question? Ask those
who heard me. They know what I said.”
22 Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby
slapped ­Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded.
23 ­Jesus replied, “If I said anything wrong, you must
prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you
beating me?”
24 Then An­nas bound ­Jesus and sent him to Ca­ia­
phas, the high priest.
Peter’s Second and Third Denials
25 Meanwhile, as Si­mon Pe­ter was standing by the fire
warming himself, they asked him again, “You’re not
one of his disciples, are you?”
18:5a Or Jesus of Nazareth; also in 18:7. 18:5b Or “The ‘I Am’ is here”; or “I am the Lord”; Greek reads I am; also in 18:6, 8. See Exod 3:14. 18:9 See John 6:39 and 17:12. 
18:13 Greek that year. 18:20 Greek Jewish people; also in 18:38. 
me about the arrest of Jesus. First of all, He had gotten no
sleep that night, but He never once lost control of Himself.
Even with the torturous proceedings He would be taken
through in that kangaroo court, He would never once lose it.
The second thing that stands out to me is His willing,
submissive spirit. He really was responding in submission to the Father’s mission. That’s why He came to this
earth. He came to die, and He would need to submit to
these unfair authorities for that to transpire according to
God’s plan.
UNFAIR TRIAL John 18:23-24 Jesus asked a valid
question: “If I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?” He received no answer, which was the answer.
They didn’t have an answer. Annas, without a defense for
his treatment of Jesus, shuffled Him off to his ­son-­in-­law,
Caiaphas, the sitting high priest. This wasn’t a fair trial;
it was never meant to be. This was a lynching.
PETER’S DENIAL John 18:25-27 When you come to
this scene you don’t want to read, and you study events
you don’t want to believe, and you see cracks in the rock
that you wish were never there, you also see a real man
who was forgiven for real sin. You see a man who became
one of God’s heroes, warts and all. There’s nothing ­hidden—
­only forgiven.
LIVING INSIGHTS
JESUS’ ARREST John 18:4-11 Two things stand out to





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