Mercy From Injustice
John 18:1-14 Justice does not equal truth.
The time of instruction is over, Jesus takes the disciples with Him and they cross the Kidron brook which gives this valley one of its names. Matthew, Mark and Luke all record that Jesus proceeded to the Mount of Olives and this valley of Kidron was between Jerusalem and the Mount. They proceed to a garden, which Matthew and Mark identify as Gethsemane (which means oil press), and it is here that he prays and ultimately is arrested.
So let’s look at the significance of these places.
The brook Kidron _____________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Perhaps John mentions Kidron because of an account from 2 Samuel (15-18). ____________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Absalom was the third of David’s sons and Herbert Lockyer describes his character: ‘He was gifted with remarkable physical beauty and had a commanding presence; He was eloquent and persuasive turning the people against David; He had a treacherous nature, killing his own brother and conspiring against his father; He had no thought, no feeling and no pity for anyone but himself
The second feature mentioned here by John is the garden. __________________________
__________________________________________________________________________ Next we see the contingent who comes to arrest Jesus (vs. 3). ________________________
It is now time for the Son of Man to be glorified. Jesus steps forward, perhaps attempting to shield His disciples from violence, He asks the mob, “Whom are you seeking?” __________
___________________________________________________________________________ His response is the powerful “I Am He”, the ‘ego eimi’ that we have seen declared throughout the book of John. Remember that in the translation of the Septuagint ‘ego eimi’ could be traced to Exodus 3:14, “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent Me to you.’”
The answer literally blows them away, or as the text says, blows them down. (vs. 6)
Verse 8 & 9 show His concern for the disciples and also that Scripture was being fulfilled.
So Peter, good old impetuous Peter, strikes out to save the Lord and chops off the ear of Malchus. Luke lets us know that Jesus healed Malchus before He was taken into custody.
So Jesus is led away to Annas one of the High Priests of Israel. John explains the connection between Annas and Caiphas (Father-in-law) whom we had already heard from in chapter 11.
So God will allow men to make their own decisions and therefore, reap their own consequences. He will try to show us the right way but sometimes we have our minds made up and even when He confronts us we may not choose to accept His grace. Jesus is headed for Calvary but He must endure the rejection and ridicule of humanity first.
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