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?”
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 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.”
This week we in our DISCOVERING JESUS series, we will be in John 18:1-14. We See Jesus proving that he holds all authority and power over the circumstances of his arrest, trial and death. He is a willing participant in the “cup” the Father has for Him. Read through the passage and think through the questions below.
Where are you acting like Peter? What circumstances are you trying to control, rather than trusting in Jesus’ authority, power and control?
What are somme practical steps you can take to reorient, confess, repent, and trust Jesus in new and fresh ways? Who do you have in your life to share this with and have hold you accountable?
How can you follow Jesus’ example of leveraging the power, authority, and resources you have to serve and care for others? Where can you sacrifice more, serve more, lift up others at your expense, for the sake of The Gospel?