Jesus Christ’s Arrest (John #61)

Text: John 18:1-9

Place of the arrest

  • It was a place of significance
    • In a garden.
    • It was in a garden that man had originally gone astray from God and it was in a garden that reconciliation for that sin would begin through Jesus Christ yielding himself.
    • It was also an olive press.
  • It was a place where life was squeezed out
    • The garden is Gethsemane.  Also known as the olive oil press located at the base of the Mount of Olives where the Lord had just been teaching.
    • The Lord takes Peter, James, and John with him a little further and asks them to sit as he goes and prays.  The Lord prays three times about the cup of the wrath of God on sin to pass from him.  Each time he prays he returns to the disciples to find them asleep.
    • Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
  • It was a place of sanctity
    • The Lord would often go there to pray.
    • It was a place of vulnerability.
      • Jesus told his disciples you need to watch and pray that you don’t fall into temptation.  It’s coming.
      • The devil knows your place
    • In an arrest, nothing is sacred
      • In fact, the more vulnerable you are the better candidate you are for arrest.
    • Particularly to the devil, nothing is sacred.
      • Pray and the devil is there.  For some of you, the devil has already taken up your private time with Jesus Christ.
      • When I would do good evil is present with me.
      • Devil doesn’t care if you’re praying, going to church, reading your Bible, trying to witness, he’ll be right there in the middle of it.

Presence of the adversary

  • Vs 2 – Judas, which betrayed him, vs 5 – Judas, which betrayed him
  • Religious crowd were the instigators.  They leveraged the law to serve a secret warrant.
    • You learn that Judas Iscariot’s father was a Pharisee in Luke 7:38
  • Presence is subtle
    • We have a way of looking at Judas as though he was corrupt from the beginning.  Jesus calls him a devil, but Jesus also called the Pharisees devils.
    • Judas’ spirit became unclean by his inordinate affection
      • We get much of our idea of unclean spirits from Hollywood.  That the possession of a vessel turns that vessel into something grotesque physically.  Not true, wickedness tries to camouflage itself.  It doesn’t reveal itself.
      • When an unclean spirit works through a vessel in a way like Judas Iscariot there is an opportunity given it through one of the three gates:
      • That inordinate affection provides a perfectly paved road for the devil and his unclean spirits to travel.  It is an opportunity for him to work in your life.  Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
    • Judas was corrupted through the love of money.
      • Matthew 26:6-9, 14-16 and John 12:3-6
      • Love of money is the root of all evil…1 Timothy 6:6-11, 17-19
    • Judas provides the vessel.
      • Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
      • After the devil is finished with the vessel he discards it.  Judas will go after this and kill himself.
      • Subtlety is calculating.  Meaning there are several barely visible movements by the predator.
      • Judas was the one that held the bag of money.  The apostles are wondering even up until the last minute who it is that should betray Jesus Christ.
      • I wonder just how angry the disciples were when they saw Judas hand over Jesus Christ.
    • Gifted, but not right
      • He’s given everything the other disciples are given.
      • Judas Iscariot has the power to cast out devils, heal the sick since he’s been given it in Matthew 10.
      • 1 Corinthians tells you gifted people are not necessarily spiritual people.
      • We make much of talent and ability, but little of character.  You see this in professional sports.  Or musicians.
  • Presence is surrendered
    • 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Power of our Advocate

  • The Lord could have called twelve legions of angels – 24,000 angels – to come and destroy his adversaries as he said in another gospel.
  • Power of his foreknowledge
    • His expectations were correct – knowing all things that should come upon him.
    • That foreknowledge is given to you in God’s words so your expectations will match reality and you’ll avoid disappointment and overreaction.
  • Power of his voice
    • Concern that none would be lost
    • He makes clear to the arresting officers that he is the one they are looking for, not any of the others.
    • The Lord differentiates himself with his words.  I imagine in a mob setting like that disciples are getting grabbed and isolated.  So the Lord uses his voice to make very clear that he is the only one they need to be after.
    • The crazy thing about it is that those coming to bind Jesus disregarded the power of his words.  They picked right back up.  None of them said, “I’m not touching him.”  Those coming to bind Jesus Christ always ignore the power of his words.
  • Power of his friendship
    • Substitutionary offer.
    • the just for the unjust
    • Bro Wesson died saving 3 boys in the Dominican Republic as a missionary.  Leaving behind four children.  He was my age.  I saw that and my heart sank on Friday.  But then I thought, what a heritage to leave your children.  Missionary, serving God, dying a substitutionary and sacrificial death.  
    • Now Jesus Christ really had every right to say, I don’t deserve this.
    • Not only did he have the right, he had the power to call down an angelic host to completely obliterate humanity, or Rome, or whoever he saw fit.
    • 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.