The Arrest of Jesus

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The Arrest of Christ - by BOUTS, Dieric the Elder - from Alte Pinakothek, Munich


John 18:1-14

After Jesus had said this prayer, He left with His disciples and went across Kidron Brook. There was a garden in that place, and Jesus and His disciples went in. Judas, the traitor, knew where it was, because many times Jesus had met there with His disciples. So Judas went to the garden, taking with him a group of Roman soldiers, and some temple guards sent by the chief priests and the Pharisees: they were armed and carried lanterns and torches. Jesus knew everything that was going to happen to Him, so He stepped forward and asked them, "Who is it you are looking for?"

"Jesus of Nazareth," they answered.

"I am He," He said.

Judas, the traitor, was standing there with them. When Jesus said to them, "I am He," they moved back and fell to the ground. Again Jesus asked them, "Who are you looking for?"

"Jesus of Nazareth," they said.

"I have already told you that I am He," Jesus said. "If then, you are looking for Me, let these others go." (He said this so that what He had said might come true: "Father, I have not lost even one of those You gave Me.")

Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the High Priest's slave, cutting off his right ear. The name of the slave was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter: "Put your sword back in its place! Do you think that I will not drink the cup of suffering which My Father has given Me?"

Then the Roman soldiers with their commanding officer and the Jewish guards arrested Jesus, tied Him up, and took Him to Annas. He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jewish authorities that it was better that one man should die for all the people.


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