Day 18 • All Who Love The Truth

John 18

Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested

1 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?”

Jesus at the High Priest’s House

12 So the soldiers, their commanding officer, and the Temple guards arrested Jesus and tied him up. 13 First they took him to Annas, 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.”

Peter’s First Denial

15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the high priest’s courtyard with Jesus. 16 Peter had to stay outside the gate. Then the disciple who knew the high priest spoke to the woman watching at the gate, and she let Peter in. 17 The woman asked Peter, “You’re not one of that man’s disciples, are you?”

“No,” he said, “I am not.”

18 Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood with them, warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19 Inside, the high priest began asking Jesus about his followers and what he had been teaching them. 20 Jesus replied, “Everyone knows what I teach. I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple, where the people gather. I have not spoken in secret. 21 Why are you asking me this question? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said.”

22 Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded.

23 Jesus replied, “If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?”

24 Then Annas bound Jesus and sent him to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Peter’s Second and Third Denials

25 Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself, they asked him again, “You’re not one of his disciples, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “No, I am not.”

26 But one of the household slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Didn’t I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus?” 27 Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.

Jesus’ Trial before Pilate

28 Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then he was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor. His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn’t be allowed to celebrate the Passover. 29 So Pilate, the governor, went out to them and asked, “What is your charge against this man?”

30 “We wouldn’t have handed him over to you if he weren’t a criminal!” they retorted.

31 “Then take him away and judge him by your own law,” Pilate told them.

“Only the Romans are permitted to execute someone,” the Jewish leaders replied. 32 (This fulfilled Jesus’ prediction about the way he would die.)

33 Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.

34 Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?”

36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

37 Pilate said, “So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. 39 But you have a custom of asking me to release one prisoner each year at Passover. Would you like me to release this ‘King of the Jews’?”

40 But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.)

  • Javier

    My heart races with excitement to read on. Thank you Father for this opportunity to read your word and for having a presence in my life. Bless the Fellowship Ministries and the Small Groups for they have (and continue to be) given me strength and encouragement to live the life you want for me and my family. Everyone make it a blessed day.

  • david zinniel

    Jesus lead’s us to never lie, he has taught us to tell the truth he is always there for us. We are all in need of keeping him with us in our hearts everyday, he is with me and with all of you…thanks Kerry….

  • Terry Wolfe

    Pilate asked Jesus, “What is Truth?” Everyday we get up and go about our business being told everything from what we should eat, what type of car we should drive, what type of clothes we should wear, what type of house to buy, and the list goes on. We are constantly bombarded with propaganda and “half-truths” that can literally brings us to where Pilate was when he made the statement, “what is truth?”. The sinful world has not changed much in 2000 years. Jesus lives within us so we can see right through the lies and deceit that the world has to offer. Everyday as we draw from the “vine” we see the world through the correct lenses. Thank you Jesus for coming to this earth and bringing us God’s Truth.

  • Lori Hofferber

    Pastor Kerry, Thank you. Powerful message.

  • Ron Dabney

    This whole message could not have come at a better time for me.I hear Kerry say all the time “maybe you’ve slipped away from God and you need to rededicate your life to Christ” and I sit there and I say the prayer to myself to rededicate my life but I really didn’t see a change because I didn’t make a commitment to change. Now following the 21 days, giving the first part of my day to Christ I feel gradual changes in my life and people might not think that that’s signifiant but for me it’s made all the difference in the world. I honestly feel my heart changing everyday towards the person that I need and want to be. So thank you “my pastor” for leading me to the path that I’m on now and everyone please pray that I am able to continue on the path that
    I need to stay on.. Thank You!

  • susan

    Without God Life is meaningless.

  • Elizabeth Odell

    This message brought it home to me. Thank you for the message today Pastor Kerry.

  • mike

    Thank you for always being there for us. Amen

  • Luis Lozada

    Thank You Lord Jesus; I pray You help me to be that constant.

  • Jimmy Rife

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