Love Lesson
Love Lesson 32 by turtle

Looking I had started using some of my old notes last week  to finish the Bible study on John and did not
realize I went from Chapter 13 to 17. We will be looking at 14-16 but I think it will help some readers if we
precede with the Crucifixion with Easter being in April. I will back track after Christ as been raised from the
grave to Chapters 14 - 16  These three chapters deals with the promise of Heaven and also the Holy Spirit who
will be sent on the day of Pentecost. It is of Christ foretelling these events that are now taking place in our
study. So bare with me a little bit and we will go back and work on those chapters. Let us continue with
Chapter 18.

John 18:1-40 KJV When 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.
2  And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus often times resorted thither with his disciples.
3  Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither
with lanterns and torches and weapons.
4  Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek
ye?
5  They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him,
stood with them.
6  As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
7  Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.
8  Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
9  That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
10  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.
11  Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall
I not drink it?
12  Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,
13  And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same
year.
14  Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for
the people.
15  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 priest.
16  But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high
priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.
17  Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man's disciples? He saith,
I am not.
18  And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed
themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.
19  The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
20  Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither
the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
21  Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I
said.
22  And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand,
saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?
23  Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?
24  Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.
25  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.
26  One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee
in the garden with him?  27  Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.
28  Then led they Jesus from 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 the passover.
29  Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?
30  They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto
thee.
31  Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said
unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:
32  That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.
33  Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of
the Jews?
34  Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
35  Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what
hast thou done?
36  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.
37  Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this
end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one
that is of the truth heareth my voice.
38  Pilate saith unto him, 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.
39  But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release
unto you the King of the Jews?
40  Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.

1.What is the difference between Peter's denial and Judas betrayal?

Judas outright betrayed Christ and sold Him out. And Peter ran because of fear.  But I like to go at even a
deeper level then the obvious. Peter had a right relationship with Christ.  He was Christ friend as well as he
even tried to protect him but Christ would not let Peter harm the soldiers so he ran.  Judas had a wrong
relationship with Christ. He had been plotting for sometime against Christ in his heart.  He keep the money bag
of the little group. And had a heart of greed to the point he was willing to betray someone that had been nothing
but kind to him.  Who are we are we like Peter or we like Judas. Are we a true friend of Christ or the enemy.  
Do we spread the gospel of Jesus  or do we deny Christ among men.  It is so easy to minister in a church or in
a little bible study even on line when the group is prominent Christian oriented. But what if it was not.  When
we go to a store and a question is present to us  were we could share  Christ do we or do we let the moment
pass by.  How many times do we use  Christ but then betray him.  We want the promises with out true love
and affection for  Him.  We can not desire the good things of God with desiring him and having love for him.


2. What was Christ and his disciples reaction to Judas' betrayal. How were they different and why?

Christ reaction was one of willingness to go. He wanted to do His father well.  The disciples were ready for
battle. Simple fact is they did not know it was not time to wage war.  It was time  for Christ to wage a spiritual
war.  He is fixing to have victory over spiritual death.  Christ was going willingly to the battle that the disciples
themselves could not fight.  We often times look at war as being only physical but in this case it was spiritual
and only Christ can have victory in that battle.

3. Who did Jesus go before and what was their reaction and what did Jesus says and do?

John 18:13-14, 19-24,&28.
And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.
14  Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for
the people.

19  The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
20  Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither
the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
21  Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I
said.
22  And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand,
saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?
23  Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?
24  Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.

28  Then led they Jesus from 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 the passover.

Christ went before the  religious leaders first.  They questioned Christ.  The looked to find fault in Him. Simple
fact is they could not prove his guilt. In these verses but Christ made them angry in his responses to  their
questions. So angry that one of the guards hit him. The religious elders  falsely accused him of doing evil
against the religious law.

Today  people  accuse Christ of being not the Messiah. Simple fact is Christ is our Messiah. Christ is our
salvation.  God provide one way for salvation and that is through Christ. Not through our works. Not through
anything we do ourselves. But through Christ.  When we deny who he is we are no different then the religious
leaders of that day and time.  Simple fact is we all put him on the cross through our sins. If we would have
followed God, Christ would not have had to die. For us. But all man has sinned. All of us have failed God.  
And we blame our troubles on God and yet he did not cause them. We made  a choice.

Then they took him before Pilate who we will get into in the next question.

4. Who did Pilate wish to release and who did the  Jews wish for Pilate to release?

Pilate could find no fault in who Jesus was. I think he was trying to understand why the crowd was so angry
with him.  When Pilate realized that the crowd was not going to relent. He gave them a choice figuring they
would want the wick man to die instead of Christ. But they chose to let the thief Barabbas go.  We are like the
thief barabbas we should of died for our sins but Christ went to the cross  instead.

Simple fact is if you have not given your life to Christ the time is now. If you know  that Christ died for you
please choose not to deny  Him but live for him.  Do not be like the  religious leaders and deny him or Judas
who betray who Christ is .