18:1 When 1 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.
(1) Christ goes of his own accord into a garden,
which his betrayer knew, to be taken, so that by his obedience he might take
away the sin that entered into the world by one man's rebellion, and that in
Judas then, having received a band [of men] and officers from the chief priests
and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.
(2) Christ who was innocent was taken as a wicked
person, that we who are wicked might be let go as innocent.
Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and
said unto them, Whom seek ye?
(3) Christ's person (but not his power) was
bound by his adversaries, but only when and how he desired.
4 Jesus answered, I have told you that I
am [he]: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
(4) Christ does not neglect the office of a good
pastor, not even in his greatest danger.
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.
(5) We ought to contain our zeal for God within
the bounds of our calling.
6 And led him away to Annas first; for
he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.
(6) Christ is brought before an earthly high
priest to be condemned for our blasphemies, that we might be acquitted by the
everlasting high Priest himself.
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
(7) A graphic example of the fragility of men,
even the best of them, when they are left to themselves.
8 The high priest then asked Jesus of
his disciples, and of his doctrine.
(8) Christ defends his cause, but only slightly,
not that he would withdraw himself from death, but to show that he was
condemned as someone who was innocent.
9 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 not.
(9) After men have once fallen, they cannot only
not lift themselves up by their own strength, but also they fall more and more
into a worse condition, until they are raised up again by a new power from
10 Then led they Jesus from a
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
(10) The Son of God is brought before the
judgment seat of an earthly and profane man, in whom there is found much less
wickedness than in the rulers of the people of God. A graphic image of the
wrath of God against sin, and in addition of his great mercy, and last of all
of his most severe judgment against the stubborn condemners of his grace when
it is offered unto them.
(a) From Caiaphas' house.
Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law.
The Jews therefore said unto him, b It
is not lawful for us to put any man to death:
(b) For judgments of life and death were taken
from them forty years before the destruction of the temple.
18:32 That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled,
which he spake, c signifying what death
he should die.
(c) For Christ had foretold that he would be
11 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.
(11) Christ affirms his spiritual kingdom, but
rejects a worldly one.
Pilate saith unto him, d 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 all].
(12) It was required that Christ should be
pronounced innocent, but nonetheless, in that he took upon himself our person,
he was to be condemned as a most wicked man.
(d) He speaks this disdainfully and scoffingly,
and not by way of asking a question.
18:40 Then e
cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a
(e) Literally, "made a great and foul