John 18: Arrest and Trial  

Originally posted by Pr. Ross

(40 verses, 4:40 to read)


What I am about to READ
Jesus is arrested, tried and convicted as a blasphemer, one who claims to be God.


During Jesus’ arrest, he asks the temple guard “whom do you seek?” They answer “Jesus of Nazareth” and Jesus answer reveals the reason why they will crucify him, “I am he.”  This is not a simple reply but a revelation of who he is and why he had come.  He is revealing himself as the “I AM” of Ex. 3 who spoke to Moses through the bush.  This reply was explicit to the hearers and causes the guard to fall back and fall to the ground in outrage at the supposed blaspheme.

Jesus was open and clear about his teaching during his entire three years of ministry. The need for the high priest to question him was needless, and was simply a formality, as they had been seeking a way to kill him for some time.  Annas, who was the father of Caiaphas the high priest, was the former high priest, but nevertheless exuded some authority and influence.

After such a bold confession that he would follow Jesus even unto death (13:37) Peter denies Jesus twice, according to Jesus’ prediction.

Jesus is brought before Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea.  He was appointed to that post by Tiberius Caesar to keep peace in Judea, a land which was prone to insurrection and rebellion by zealous Jews who stifled at pagan Roman rule.  Despite finding no fault in Jesus, Pilate is reluctant to set him free and cause more unrest among the people.


Lord Jesus, your kingdom is not of this world.  You rule not from a throne, but from a cross.  Everything that we would expect in a worldly king you turn on its head.  Weakness rather than power, service rather than lordship, death rather than self-preservation, love rather than fear.  All of this you have accomplished for us, that we would be reconciled to God.  For these Lord, I thank you, and ask that your blessed Passion would be a source of comfort for me in the midst of so many trials.  Amen.


Pr. Ross

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