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John 18

August 16, 2008

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

24 thoughts on “John 18”

  1. v.6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

    Sounds comical. The soldiers that came to arrest Jesus are lying on the ground!

  2. v.6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

    Sounds comical. The soldiers that came to arrest Jesus are lying on the ground!

  3. V.28 Here they are plotting an innocent man’s death and they are worried about being ceremonially unclean!

    It reminds me that it is so easy to trick ourselves into having misconceptions about God.

  4. V.28 Here they are plotting an innocent man’s death and they are worried about being ceremonially unclean!

    It reminds me that it is so easy to trick ourselves into having misconceptions about God.

  5. v.15-16 John likes to avoid using his own name, “another disciple”; “this disciple”; “the other disciple”.

    Interesting too that he knew the high priest (v.15) and knew that one of his servants was related to the man whose ear Peter cut off (v.26).

    Makes you wonder if perhaps there was a family connection? Or a business connection? There is lots about himself that John feels we don’t need to know.

  6. v.15-16 John likes to avoid using his own name, “another disciple”; “this disciple”; “the other disciple”.

    Interesting too that he knew the high priest (v.15) and knew that one of his servants was related to the man whose ear Peter cut off (v.26).

    Makes you wonder if perhaps there was a family connection? Or a business connection? There is lots about himself that John feels we don’t need to know.

  7. jON

    not sure if it’s something in the air today, but this story strikes me so rich and beautiful and painful today. to picture this in real time… what would it be like? to really be such a one that an entire people group wants you dead? and now, the time has come. and they have come for you. would you be willing to “take it like a man”, as the saying goes, as jesus did, and go willingly? wow.

    a very interesting scene with Annas. to see just how much the jews of the day judged people and circumstances according to man made traditions and ideals of “proper behavior.” in fact, it is because of these very things that jesus seems to be in trouble. for disrupting the status quo with truth. for giving people knowledge that these systems of human operation have no real authority other than what we give them.

    and the kingdom. not of this world. but, as he said earlier, it is among us. this, for me in recent years, is what has come through the clearest. feeling like i belong to a kingdom that is not of this world. as though i give obesience to our human government out of obligation. but knowing that they truly have no authority and their customs and laws do not matter. there is one who holds true authority and it is to this kingdom i pledge my allegience.

    yet this kingdom does not exists except inside my heart and mind. but is more real than that which we call the “real world.” as Bono said, “a place that has to be believed in to be seen.”

    hmmm. i think i may have rambled a little. but this is what the chapter brought out in me. 🙂

  8. jON

    not sure if it’s something in the air today, but this story strikes me so rich and beautiful and painful today. to picture this in real time… what would it be like? to really be such a one that an entire people group wants you dead? and now, the time has come. and they have come for you. would you be willing to “take it like a man”, as the saying goes, as jesus did, and go willingly? wow.

    a very interesting scene with Annas. to see just how much the jews of the day judged people and circumstances according to man made traditions and ideals of “proper behavior.” in fact, it is because of these very things that jesus seems to be in trouble. for disrupting the status quo with truth. for giving people knowledge that these systems of human operation have no real authority other than what we give them.

    and the kingdom. not of this world. but, as he said earlier, it is among us. this, for me in recent years, is what has come through the clearest. feeling like i belong to a kingdom that is not of this world. as though i give obesience to our human government out of obligation. but knowing that they truly have no authority and their customs and laws do not matter. there is one who holds true authority and it is to this kingdom i pledge my allegience.

    yet this kingdom does not exists except inside my heart and mind. but is more real than that which we call the “real world.” as Bono said, “a place that has to be believed in to be seen.”

    hmmm. i think i may have rambled a little. but this is what the chapter brought out in me. 🙂

  9. Jesus said, “… My kingdom is from another place” (v.36) and like you say, Jon, his kingdom is more real than the “real world”!

  10. Jesus said, “… My kingdom is from another place” (v.36) and like you say, Jon, his kingdom is more real than the “real world”!

  11. v.36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.

    Jesus does not say that his kingdom is not an earthly kingdom because although it doesn’t originate on earth it will one day be an earthly kingdom. However it wasn’t a threat to the Romans at this point in time.

  12. v.36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.

    Jesus does not say that his kingdom is not an earthly kingdom because although it doesn’t originate on earth it will one day be an earthly kingdom. However it wasn’t a threat to the Romans at this point in time.

  13. v.38 With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him”

    Pilate believed Jesus to be innocent, so why didn’t he set him free?

  14. v.38 With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him”

    Pilate believed Jesus to be innocent, so why didn’t he set him free?

  15. v.5-6 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

    Presumably Judas also fell down.

  16. v.5-6 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

    Presumably Judas also fell down.

  17. v.31-32 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” “But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

    Interesting that though they had no right to "execute anyone" they had tried to stone Jesus on several occasions.

    (From Constable Commentary) “Jesus had predicted that He would die by crucifixion, not by stoning (cf. 12:32-33). The Romans were the only ones who could condemn a person to death by crucifixion. The Jews did stone people to death for blasphemy (e.g., Acts 6:11; 7:58), but these seem to have been instances of mob violence rather than independent legal action. They probably wanted Jesus crucified too because the Mosaic Law regarded such a death as proof of God's curse (Deut. 21:22-23).”

  18. v.31-32 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” “But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

    Interesting that though they had no right to "execute anyone" they had tried to stone Jesus on several occasions.

    (From Constable Commentary) “Jesus had predicted that He would die by crucifixion, not by stoning (cf. 12:32-33). The Romans were the only ones who could condemn a person to death by crucifixion. The Jews did stone people to death for blasphemy (e.g., Acts 6:11; 7:58), but these seem to have been instances of mob violence rather than independent legal action. They probably wanted Jesus crucified too because the Mosaic Law regarded such a death as proof of God's curse (Deut. 21:22-23).”

  19. v.33-34 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” ”Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

    Jesus wanted to know if Pilate was asking if he was a political king and therefore a threat to Caesar or if he was a religious king and therefore a threat to the Jews.

  20. v.33-34 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” ”Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

    Jesus wanted to know if Pilate was asking if he was a political king and therefore a threat to Caesar or if he was a religious king and therefore a threat to the Jews.

  21. v.39 Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?

    The crowd did not want Jesus to be their king. They would rather have Barabbas. A revolutionist who used violence rather than Jesus who used peace. Yet the way of peace is far more challenging than fighting for what you want.

  22. v.39 Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?

    The crowd did not want Jesus to be their king. They would rather have Barabbas. A revolutionist who used violence rather than Jesus who used peace. Yet the way of peace is far more challenging than fighting for what you want.

  23. Just been reading this in Galatians which ties in with comments on v.31-32

    Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole” (Galatians 3:13).

  24. Just been reading this in Galatians which ties in with comments on v.31-32

    Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole” (Galatians 3:13).

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