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John’s gospel post 76: Betrayed

April 2, 2014

“When they came for Him in the garden, did they know ?
When they came for Him in the garden, did they know ?
Did they know He was the Son of God, did they know that He was Lord ?
Did they hear when He told Peter, “Peter, put up your sword” ?
When they came for Him in the garden, did they know ?
When they came for Him in the garden, did they know ?” – Bob Dylan – in the garden (from the album ‘Saved’)

John 18: 1 – 14

And so the time has come to move on. After the teaching and the praying, Jesus says his ‘Amen’ and sets off with his disciples to a garden.

This was a place where Jesus often met with his disciples. Judas knew this. And presumably suspected he might head there.

And so Judas leads soldiers, officials, Pharisees and religious leaders. To the garden. A place of peace and tranquility is invaded by the rabble. A cross section of those people who had so taken against Jesus.

The rabble is armed and ready for a fight. To Jesus question they reply “We’re after Jesus of Nazareth”.

“That’s me. I AM the one you are looking for”. Something about those words. The rabble stumble, reeling with the force of his words.

Again “who do you want?”

“Jesus of Nazareth”.

Jesus made no resistance. “Just let my disciples go”.

Oh but hang on. Peter’s here and he’s not putting up with any of this.

He has a sword which he uses with deadly precision to chop off the ear of the high priest’s servant. Unpleasant for the man in question but hardly an action which will turn out well.

But Jesus is not looking for a fight. “Put your sword away”.

“I have to drink this cup”, says Jesus. This is what God sent me to do. Resistance is futile”.

Jesus did not want to be rescued. This was his plan and purpose.

Jesus is arrested, tied up and taken to see Annas, the high priest. His son-in-law had predicted that one man should die for the people.

No fight. No resistance.

Disciples had brought people to Jesus before, proclaiming him to be the One.

Now Judas – one who has spent 3 years with Jesus – who has received the same training as the other disciples. He has had the same access to the Son of God. His words, his actions.

And he brings people to Jesus to turn him in. Public enemy number one.



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