John Lesson 23 Day 2

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John Lesson 23 Day 2

Jesus fulfills his promise that none of those entrusted to him would be lost.

John 18:1-9

3. Preparation

a. Jesus consecrated himself for the coming sacrifice.

To prepare for Judas’ betrayal and his own arrest, Jesus did the following (see John 17):

  • Prayed for himself, noting that he accomplished all the work Father God sent him to do.
  • He prayed, “the time has come for You, Father, to glorify your Son.”
  • For his disciples to “have the full measure of my joy within them,” “protect them from the evil one,”sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” (ESV)
  • And for all believers “all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (ESV)

b. Then Jesus took his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane.

(Matthew 26:36 and Mark 14:32 identify the location as the Garden of Gethsemane.)

Even though Jesus knew of Judas’ evil plot, he crossed the Brook Kidron with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees—a place Judas knew well because they often went there together.

“This small stream was the drainage from the temple, and would be reddish from the blood of thousands of Passover lambs. This would have been a vivid reminder to Jesus of His soon sacrifice.” (Guzik)

“The Kidron ravine is the path David took when he was forced to flee Jerusalem because of the betrayal of his son Absalom. David went up to the Mount of Olives weeping. Jesus went up also in sorrow. David went up to save himself; Jesus went up to save the people of the world.” (footnote in TPT)

One source points out that there were likely a number of campsites on the Mount of Olives due to the Passover crowds which probably made finding the exact spot where Jesus was nearly impossible. Therefore, they needed Judas to lead them to him.

4. Jesus saves his disciples.

Even though Judas led a contingent of Roman soldiers [probably 500 to 600*], and Temple guards who arrived with torches, lanterns, and weapons, Jesus didn’t hide. He went right up to them and asked, “Who are you looking for?” Jesus remained in control during the enter encounter.

When they replied, “Jesus, the Nazarene,” Jesus answered, “I am he.”

The second time Jesus asked, “Who is it you want?” And they said “Jesus of Nazareth,” he answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.

“Jesus did not want the soldiers to panic and injure the disciples, so Jesus called the attention back to Him, and asked them again a question they were probably hesitant to answer.”(Guzik)

Jesus didn’t resist or defend himself. Nor did he send for 72,000 angels (Matthew 26:53).

5. a. When Jesus answered, “I am he.”

The military force, and likely Judas also, fell back on the ground. Jesus demonstrated his divine power and authority over his betrayer, the Jewish leaders, and a several hundred* armed soldiers or as some say, 6000. They were powerless. Since they had torches, weapons, and perhaps some type of armor, getting back on their feet after being knocked over by the power of God does not sound simple or quick.

I never thought about the soldiers being hesitant to ask again, but that makes sense.

b. John 10:18

Jesus arrest demonstrates this verse: “No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” John 10:18 NIV

Jesus also said, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” Matthew 26:53

Pulpit Commentary {Biblehub.com] says that Jesus was arrested by a cohort, which is 6000 men. Jesus says he could call twelve times that many angels, which would be twelve times 6000.

One warrior angels is more powerful than the strongest man.


*based on footnotes in TPT and other sources concerning the Greek and Aramaic word used to refer to the company of soldiers.

My answers to Bible study fellowship questions on BSF John Lesson 23 Day 2 John 18:1-9