Today's passage: John 18:1-11
- After Jesus' prayer, He and the disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane. The time for Jesus' betrayal had come.
- In the original Greek, when we read Jesus saying, “I am he,” it simply reads, “I am.”
- When Jesus spoke, “I am,” it knocked these soldiers, officers, chief priests, and Pharisees to the ground. They got up and arrested Jesus.
- Jesus didn't need Peter's sword, his spoken word could have defeated any army (Revelation 19:15). But, Jesus had not come to defeat any armies. He'd come to defeat our sin at the cross.
Questions to consider:
- In this moment of “capture” and arrest, how did Jesus continue to prove his innocence (His righteousness) and his deity?
- Why did Jesus choose to heal Malchus' ear? How did that miracle allow him to fulfill what was sought for in verses 8-9 and in 17:12?
- How would verse 11 answer the question, “How could those men have seen all this and still arrest and crucify Jesus?” Why did all this happen?