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February 27, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Deuteronomy 1 – Deuteronomy 2
Audio: Deuteronomy 1 – Deuteronomy 2

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Memory Verse of the Week

“Have you believed because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

(John 20:29 ESV)

John 18 (ESV)

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.

15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16 but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. 17 The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” 18 Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22 When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” 24 Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.”26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27 Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.

28 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30 They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” 31 Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” 32 This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. 39 But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40 They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.

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  1. As I read through John 18, I'm struck by Peter in a new way. Not only did he have a sword, he knew how to use it. If Jesus was a pacifist (as many Christians claim), why was Peter armed? Jesus response wasn't, "Peter, why do you have a sword?" but rather, "Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?" (John 18:11)

    What also stood out to me about Peter is his zeal to protect the Lord. Did it have anything to do with a previous interaction between Peter and Jesus? In John 13:37-38, Peter says, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times."

    Was Peter out to show Jesus that not only would he NOT deny him but he would be willing to fight for and die for Him as they faced "a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons?" (John 18:3)

    But then we find Peter standing by the campfire warming himself in John 18:17 The servant girl at the door said to Peter, "You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not." They ask him again, "You also are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not." (John 18:25). 

    That's twice. 

    Then the heat gets turned up on Peter in John 18:26-27 where we read, "One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you in the garden with him?" 27 Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed."

    It's hard to read in verse 22 that "one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand." The first blow of many to come. For Peter who would deny Him and for me, who is no different than Peter.

    Do we ever deny knowing Jesus?

    Do we downplay the importance of Jesus in our lives when we're around certain people?

    Do we deny His authority and Lordship in our lives?

    We may relate to Peter more than we realize. At times, we may be full of zeal while other times, it's as if we don't even know Him.

  2. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” John 18:4

    None of this took Jesus by surprise.

    Consider this,

    *  knowing all that would happen to him,
    *  knowing the first slap across the face,
    *  knowing the mocking and shame,
    *  knowing every lash of the whip, the striping of flesh,
    *  knowing the pain of the nails …

    Jesus does not flinch, he does not withdraw, but goes to meet his captors and asks "Whom do you seek?"

    This my friends is divine love, a love which goes beyond comprehension, because those he created rejected their savior. 

    What is our response to his sacrifice? Will you reject him? As Pastor Scott wrote, will we deny him? 

    1. Hi, Bonnie!

      Judas betrayed Jesus by turning Him in to the authorities.

      Although Mark 14:50 says that all Jesus' disciples "left him and fled" when they came to arrest Jesus, Peter's denial is the only one written about.

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