Jesus’ Arrest & Betrayal, Pt. 1

Good afternoon! A few Sundays ago, Pastor Alan continued his lessons in the Gospel of John by teaching from John 18. He took us through the first part of Jesus’ arrest and betrayal. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve included the outline, along with links to the verses referenced for you. Enjoy!

Jesus’ Arrest & Betrayal, pt. 1

Introduction: Acts 4:26-28 helps us to understand what is going on in John 18:1-32. Here we see what Jesus allowed to happen to Himself for us!

  1. Jesus is in total control of the events that will unfold.
  2. Jesus’ death would fulfill the prophetic words of Caiaphas.
  3. Peter’s Initial Denial
    • John 18:15-18
    • Just one more proof that Jesus knew how everything would unfold, down to the exact details.
  4. Jesus wasn’t secretly plotting the overthrow of Rome or destruction of the temple.
  5. Peter’s 2nd & 3rd Denials
    • John 18:25-27
    • Peter was warming himself by the fire during his three denials of Jesus.
      • John 21:9, 15-17 – Jesus is by a fire on the shore while He asks Peter three times if Peter loves Him.
      • Three denials by a fire; three affirmations by a fire.
  6. Pilate first meets Jesus.

Conclusion: Jesus controlled every outcome of His situation. He knew every thought and intention of those involved in His arrest, bogus trial, and crucifixion. He was not a helpless victim or martyr. He orchestrated the plan of our salvation.

Application: Don’t be anxious and afraid of a threatening world. Trust in Christ.

Matthew 10:16-42

5 Reasons Why (we shouldn’t be anxious): [from John Piper’s What Jesus Demands of the World]

  1. We belong to Christ.
  2. Truth will win out.
  3. The worst thing that can happen to us: physical death.
  4. He knows everything about us intimately.
  5. Our lives are valuable to God.

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