GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO JOHN
Van Nattan's questions are in blue and are NOT inspired and final. You do not
have to agree with Steve. Also, if you do not understand something you are reading,
do not stop and dwell on it too long. Just keep reading and deal with what you
18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over
the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.
2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted
thither with his disciples.
3 Judas then, having received a band of men and
officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and
torches and weapons.
4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come
upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
5 They answered him,
Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed
him, stood with them.
6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they
went backward, and fell to the ground.
7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek
ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.
8 Jesus answered, I have told you that
I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
9 That the saying
might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant,
and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
11 Then said Jesus
unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given
me, shall I not drink it?
12 Then the band and the captain and officers of
the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,
13 And led him away to Annas first; for
he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.
Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that
one man should die for the people.
15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and
so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went
in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.
16 But Peter stood at the
door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high
priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.
saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this
man's disciples? He saith, I am not.
18 And the servants and officers stood
there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves:
and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.
19 The high priest then asked
Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
20 Jesus answered him, I spake
openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither
the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
21 Why askest thou
me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what
22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by
struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest
23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil:
but if well, why smitest thou me?
24 Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas
the high priest.
25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore
unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am
26 One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear
Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?
then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.
28 Then led they Jesus from
Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went
not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat
29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation
bring ye against this man?
30 They answered and said unto him, If he were
not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee.
31 Then said
Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore
said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:
32 That the
saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should
33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus,
and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
34 Jesus answered him, Sayest
thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
35 Pilate answered,
Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me:
what hast thou done?
36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if
my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not
be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that
I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world,
that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth
38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this,
he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at
39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover:
will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
40 Then cried
they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.
the key verse of John:
20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ,
Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
to help you decide if you believe the Gospel in John Chapter Eighteen
was betrayed by Judas, a man Jesus kept with him during his whole ministry. Judas
was a liar and thief, and he sold the Son of God to his enemies. Then we see the
injustice of the Jews, we see Pilate fail to release Jesus as innocent, and in
the following chapters we will see him cruelly killed.
when you hurt, think about Jesus-- he hurt terribly. When you are betrayed by
those you trusted, think about Jesus- he was double crossed by many people.
think about this- why did he allow this to be done to him? Why did God the Son
not call the powers of heaven to rescue himself? The answer is a three letter
word- YOU. Jesus went through all the nagging you read about in the previous chapters,
the sorrow in this chapter, and the agony of being killed slowly on a cross with
YOU in mind all the way. He wanted to pay the price you would pay if you were
to die in your sin.
you have confessed faith in Jesus Christ, or if you are doing it now, you are
not first getting something good for YOU-- you are, first and foremost, letting
Jesus Christ have the reward of all his suffering-- YOU. Do you see that the words,
"Jesus loves you" are NOT just clever words to toss around carelessly?
you love Jesus for going to death and hell in your place? If so, bow your head
and thank him for paying the price for you salvation, your sin washed away, and
your hope now and in eternity after you die. Pray out loud please.
read in Chapter Nineteen about the day God hung between heaven and earth in agony--
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