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1 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 ofttimes 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.

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1 Sarah Mangum = "Jesus In The Garden Of Gethsemane, an early Renaissance oil painting"
2 Cary W = "This brings to mind the episode with Moses, where God reveals His name for the first time: I am that I am, and accompanied the announcement with a burning bush."
3 Deena E = "Peter, like all of us, illustrates the impulses we have to react without understanding. Peter's heart unquestionably was in the right place but Jesus rebukes him, causing him to really think about the bigger picture. Complete submission to the will of God the Father was Jesus' only concern. This is not an easy task, but we have a superb example here of what it looks like."
4 angela h = "There is human sacrifice going on here."
5 Sarah R = "Many people think the other disciple mentioned here was John himself, the author of this gospel. John rarely identifies himself by name in his writing, as though not to draw attention onto himself and away from Jesus."
6 angela h = "We often give Peter a hard time for denying the Lord, but I believe he was confused and scared at this point. He had witnessed miracles beyond our imagination and believed Jesus was the Messiah (Matthew 16:16). However, when he displayed his willingness to fight and die for Jesus (cutting off of Malchus's ear), Jesus told him not to fight and He went away willingly with the soldiers. Peter did not understand what was going on or why the Christ would allow others to mistreat Him. We see also in John chapter 21 that Peter is fully restored to good standing with Jesus. "
7 Sarah R = "Pilate represented Rome, and he could find no Roman law that Jesus had broken in order for him to do anything about it. The Jewish leaders pressed on, though, and Pilate, in order to maintain good relations with them, agrees to have Jesus crucified. All this was done by God's purpose, to fulfill OT prophecies that the Messiah would be "pierced for our transgressions" (Is 53:5)."
8 Cary W = "This was actually a very compassionate statement, for in it Jesus was not only stating the truth, that He is a King, but not of this world or Kingdom, but also that Pilate has no reason to feel any threat of his own power or authority."
9 Sarah R = "Pilate's response echos Greek philosophy of that time... and of ours. Today people try to say there is no absolute truth, everyone makes their own truth, whatever you want to believe is true for you. Jesus says different. He says, "those who are of truth believe in Me" and "I am the way the TRUTH and the life" (Jn 14:6). Consider also the words of the disciple John, author of this gospel and three NT letters, when he says, "We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true - even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life" (1 Jn 5:20)."
10 angela h = "Note the substitution here. Jesus, who had no sin was substituted for a criminal. Jesus suffered so that he could go free. Jesus suffered so that we could all be free!"