John 18

The Betrayal of Jesus

[When] Jesus had spoken these [words] , [He] went out with His disciples across the Kidron Valley, where [they] entered a garden. Now Judas, His betrayer, also knew the place, because Jesus {had} often met there with His disciples. So Judas brought a band of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees. They arrived [at the garden] [carrying] lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus, knowing all that was coming upon Him, stepped forward and asked them, “Whom are you seeking?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. [Jesus] said, “I am [He] .” And Judas, His betrayer, was standing [there] with them. When [Jesus] said, “I am [He] ,” they drew back and fell to [the] ground. So He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. “I told you that I am [He] ,” Jesus replied. “So if you are looking for Me, let these [men] go.” This was to fulfill the word He had spoken: “I have not lost one of those You have given Me.” 10  Then Simon Peter drew [his] sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. 11  “Put [your] sword back in [its] sheath!” Jesus said to Peter. “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?” 12  Then the band of soldiers, [with] [its] commander and the officers of the Jews, arrested Jesus and bound Him. 13  They brought [Him] first to Annas, who was [the] father-in-law of Caiaphas, [the] high priest [that] year. 14  Caiaphas was the [one] who had advised the Jews that it would be better if one man died for the people.

Peter's First Denial

15  Now Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he also went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. 16  But Peter stood outside at the door. Then the disciple who was known to the high priest went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter [in] . 17  At this, the servant girl watching the door said to Peter, “Aren’t you also [one] of this man’s disciples?” “I am not,” he answered. 18  Because it was cold, the servants and officers were standing around a charcoal fire they had made to keep warm. And Peter was also standing with them, warming himself.

Jesus Before the High Priest

19  Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples and His teaching. 20  “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus answered. “I always taught in [the] synagogues and at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21  Why are you asking Me? Ask those who heard My message. Surely they know what I said.” 22  [When] [Jesus] had said [this] , one of the officers standing nearby slapped [Him] in the face [and] said, “ {Is} this how You answer the high priest?” 23  Jesus replied, “If I said [something] wrong, testify to what was wrong. But if [I spoke] correctly, why did you strike Me?” 24  Then Annas sent Him, [ still ] bound, to Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter's Second and Third Denials

25  Simon Peter was still standing and warming himself. So they asked him, “Aren’t you also [one] of His disciples?” He denied [it] and said, “I am not.” 26  One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of [the man] whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Didn’t I see you with Him in the garden?” 27  Peter denied [it] once more, and immediately a rooster crowed.

Jesus Before Pilate

28  Then they led Jesus away from Caiaphas into the Praetorium. By now it was early morning, and [the Jews] {did} not enter the Praetorium to avoid being defiled [and unable] to eat the Passover. 29  So Pilate went out to them and asked, “What accusation are you bringing against this man?” 30  “If He were not a criminal,” they replied, “vvv we would not have handed Him over to you.” 31  “You take Him and judge Him by your [own] law,” Pilate told them. “vvv We are not permitted to execute anyone,” the Jews replied. 32  This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to indicate the kind of death He was going to die. 33  Pilate went back into the Praetorium, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34  “ {Are} you saying this on your own,” Jesus asked, “or {did} others tell you about Me?” 35  “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “ - Your [own] people and chief priests handed You {over} to me. What have You done?” 36  Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world; if [it] were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now, My kingdom is not of this realm.” 37  “Then You are a king!” Pilate said. “You say that I am a king,” Jesus answered. “For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” 38  “What is truth?” Pilate asked. And having said this, he went out again to the Jews and told them, “I find no basis for a charge against Him. 39  But it is your custom that I release to you one [prisoner] at the Passover. So then, do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40  “Not this [man] ,” they shouted, “but Barabbas!” ( Now Barabbas was an insurrectionist. )
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