Become Submitted (John 18:1-11)Pastor Joe Sanders, July 1, 2012
Part of the Become series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
There is so much that could be written about the life and work of Christ. Toward the end of John's Gospel, he says that there was so much to be told that there aren't enough books in the world to contain it all! That gives us some perspective on the content of the Gospels and the intent of the Gospel writers. They weren't trying to write historical fiction or history books. They were writing to tell their contemporaries and all of us who would follow about Christ, about the most significant parts of his life and teaching. Since that is true, its curious that John's book has 21 chapters and almost half of them focus on the last full day of his life and then the crucifixion and resurrection. With so much to say, why does John devote half of his space to these days and their events? Its for us to stand secure in our faith and to know that we can live fully submitted to the loving plans of our Father.
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1When 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. 2And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. 3Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? 5They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. 6As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. 7Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. 8Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: 9That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. 10Then 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. 11Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? (KJV)