|John 18 |
1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples over the Brook of Kirdron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.
2 And Judas, who betrayed him, also knew of the place because Jesus often rested there with his disciples.
3 Then Judas, having been given a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
4 Jesus therefore, knowing everything that was about to happen to him, approached them and said to them, "Whom do you seek?"
5 They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Then Jesus said to them, "I am He." (Judas, the betrayer, was also standing with them.)
6 And as soon as he had said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground.
7 Then he asked them again, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth."
8 Then Jesus answered, "I have told you that I am He. Therefore if you are seeking me, then let these men go their way."
9 Thus fulfilling the saying that he had spoken, "Of them whom you gave me, I have lost none."
10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
11 But Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword up in its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that my Father has given me?"
12 Then the band, with the captain and officers of the Jews, took Jesus and bound him,
13 And they first led him away to Annas, because he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was the high priest that same year.
14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die for all the people.
15 Now Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. And that disciple1 was known to the high priest; so he went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.
16 But Peter stood at the door outside. Then that other disciple, who was known to the high priest, spoke to the young woman who kept the door, and brought Peter inside.
17 Then the young woman who kept the door, spoke to Peter saying, "Are you not also one of this man's disciples?" But Peter said, "I am not."
18 Now because it was cold, the servants and officers had made a fire of coals and were standing there as they warmed themselves; and Peter stood with them and warmed himself.
19 Then the high priest asked Jesus about his disciples and about his doctrine.
20 And Jesus answered him, "I spoke openly to the world; I always taught in a synagogue and in the temple, where the Jews always come together; and I have said nothing in secret.
21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard me what I said to them. Behold, they know what I said."
22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers who stood by, struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, "Do you answer the high priest like that?"
23 But Jesus answered him, "If I said anything evil, tell me what the evil was; but if I spoke well, why do you strike me?"
24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
25 Now as Simon Peter stood and warmed himself, they said to him, "Are you not also one of his disciples?" But he denied it and said, "I am not."
26 And one of the servants of the high priest, who was a kinsman of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, "Did I not see you in the garden with him?"
27 But Peter then denied it again. And immediately the rooster crowed.
28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the [Roman] hall of judgment. And it was early morning, so they themselves did not enter into the judgment hall, for fear that they would be defiled and might not eat the Passover.
29 So Pilate then went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this man?"
30 And they answered him, "If he were not an evil doer, we would not have delivered him up to you."
31 Then Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law." But the Jews said to him, "It is not lawful for us to put any man to death."
32 This was to fulfill the word of Jesus, which he had spoken to signify the death that he would die.
33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus and said to him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"
34 And Jesus answered him, "Do you say this from you own initiative, or did others tell you this about me?"
35 And Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you to me; what have you done?"
36 Then Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, so I would not be delivered to the Jews; but my kingdom is not from here."
37 Therefore Pilate said to him, "Are you a king then?" And Jesus answered, "You say [rightly] that I am a king. To this end I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice."2
38 Then Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, "I find no fault in him at all.
39 However, you have a custom, that I should release one prisoner to you at the Passover; therefore do you wish that I release the King of the Jews to you?"
40 But they all cried again, saying, "Not this man, but Barabbas instead." Now Barabbas was a robber.
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1 This other disciple or that disciple is the author of this Bible book, John.
2 Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. Do you hear his voice? If you don't, then you are not of the truth. If you don't hear his voice, you don't know the truth. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth, but you must dedicate yourself to silent listening to hear his voice, and then you must obey. You can memorize the entire Bible, and you will not know the truth because the Bible only testifies about the truth; the Bible is not the truth, Jesus is the truth, and the Bible is not Jesus. If you don't hear his voice, you are still lost in your sins; but if you listen and obey the voice of the truth, your soul is purified by obedience to the truth.1 Peter 1:22. Jesus said: "There is only one thing needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her"— to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear his words. Luke 10:39-42. Further:
the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. John 10:3
[he leads them out of their sins, John 8:31-32,34,36, out of darkness to light, John 8:12].
when he has brought out his own sheep, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice.
I am the good shepherd, and I know my sheep, as I am known by my sheep.
Jesus said it another way: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me [they obey]. John 10:27. If you follow Jesus, then you are denying yourself and picking up your cross every day to follow him (obey his voice). Mat 16:24-25
Notice Jesus said, I know them, and they follow me (those who hear my voice). And if you don't hear his voice and follow him, he doesn't know you. And if he doesn't know you, he will shut the door to heaven, refusing to open it, saying "Assuredly, I do not know you or where you come from" and at judgment he will say to you "depart from me, you who work iniquity [sin, lawlessness, or wickedness], for I never knew you." Mat 25:11-12, Luke 13:24-27, Mat 7:21-23
So you can see that hearing his voice and following him (obeying him) is critical to your future — critical to obtaining life: The words I speak to you are spirit and they are life-giving. John 6:33. The promises are: if you listen to and obey the Holy Spirit, he will teach you all things, he will guide you into all truth, he will show you of things to come, and you will know all things. See that you do not refuse him who speaks. For if they did not escape, who refused him who spoke on the earth, how much more will we be liable, if we turn away from him who speaks from heaven [which is in your heart]. Heb 12:25
It is a cross to a man's will to sit silently, struggling to keep his mind from wandering; it is a cross to a man's will to obey what he is commanded and taught by the Holy Spirit; this is the cross of which you must deny yourself and pick it up every day to then follow Jesus. To follow is to obey. You cannot be his disciple unless you pick up your cross daily and follow his orders. Salvation is only received by those who follow the lamb wherever he goes — who obey completely the voice of the Lord, in whatever he commands. Do not be discouraged if you don't hear for some time. Even your waiting is to your credit: Let your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping on you. Psalms 33:22. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God beside you, who acts for the one who waits for him. Isa 64:4
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