John 18:1-14 Reading the Passage

Imitate Christ’s Obedience – John 18:1-14

18 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it. (2) Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often resorted there with his disciples. (3) So Judas came to the grove, guiding a band of soldiers along with some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying lanterns and torches and weapons. (4) Jesus, knowing all that was about to happen to him, went forward and asked them, For whom are you looking? (5) They replied, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said to them, I am he. Now Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. (6) When he said to them, I am he, they went backward and fell to the ground. (7) Again he asked them, For whom are you looking? They replied, Jesus of Nazareth. (8) Jesus answered, I told you that I am he; therefore, since you are looking for me, let these others go their way. (9) He said this so that the word he had previously spoken might be fulfilled, “I did not lose one of all those whom you have given me.”

(10) Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. Now the servant’s name was Malchus. (11) But Jesus commanded Peter, Put the sword back into its sheath. This is the cup that the Father has given me, shall I not drink it? (12) So the band of soldiers together with the chief captain and the officers of the Jews, seized Jesus and bound him. (13) They first brought him to Annas; for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. (14) Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be to their advantage if one man should die on behalf of the people.

Now proceed to the next section of this study, entitled, Exploring the Passage.