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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.

The definition of Betrayal is to do something very bad and hurtful to someone that causes a loss of respect. To mislead or deceive.

 

As I ponder on this meaning I can’t help but wonder why Peter.?  But keep in mind that Jesus had predicted that Peter would deny Him three times, BUT..... That He would be restored to fellowship and service.  (Just look at our Loving God how much Grace He gave Peter).

 

Peter should have run, like my favorite verse to temptation is “Run Forest Run” Lol😃. Had he run he never would have denied the Lord. Many times I have to think, don’t sometimes we let our guards down and we walk in the council of the ungodly?........ Listening to words of fools instead of listening to Words of wisdom from other Kingdom builders(Hebrew Women).

 

Peter truly repented as we all do when we make mistakes ,but His Weeping did endure that night and our loving Jesus did bring Peter Joy in the morning as he does for his repentant saints🙌🏾.

 

Jesus was betrayed by not one but two, Judas and Peter, but he still went into the Garden of Gethsemane and SURRENDERED to the Father’s will.

 

Love so Amazing, so divine/ Demands my Soul, my life Lord, my all🙌🏾. I Surrender my life Lord ,no matter what the cost!!!! In Jesus Name!

K Lockett

 

We can clearly see in Matthew 26, Mark 14, and Luke 22 as they describe Jesus' prayertime in the garden, that Jesus desperately wanted The Father to change His mind about him suffering this way.

 

But John describes something that the others did not mention. John said that when Jesus finished praying that 3rd time,

 

He approached the guards and asked "Who are you looking for?"

“Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied.

“ I Am he,” Jesus said.

As Jesus said “ I Am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! (John 18:4-6)

 

▪Jesus left the prayer closet different than when we went in.

▪Jesus approached His enemy boldly declaring who he was "I AM he" (100% God and 100% man)

▪At the name of Jesus every knee must bow. The power of God knocked those guards to the ground!

 

At the feet of God, Jesus was vulnerable but in the face of His enemy,  He was bold, confident, fearless; Ready to carry out God's will no matter how hard it was.

 

Im deeply encouraged after studying this. Many prayers Ive prayed for things to go a different way for me, and sometimes God said no. However, He always gives me strength to go thru my suffering . I want to always remember whose I am when I come out of my prayer closet, boldly face my giants and let God be glorified.

K. Dugas

 

I remember the first time Pastor Omar taught that we are the true Jews of the bible. I stopped breathing & I think my heart skipped a beat. While others rejoiced, my first emotion was sorrow. I knew it was Jesus' own that denied, betrayed, mocked, scourged, & ultimately had him crucified. I used to think...what kind of people would do that to their own after changing water into wine, giving sight to the blind, feeding 5000, raising men from the dead, allowing man to walk on water, healing the sick, making the lame to walk, and dying on the cross????? There used to be a pride in me that thought, black people have done some evil things, but at least we were not the people that had our Savior killed. I was alright bring the engrafted people. Lol. That awakening hurt me to help me never want to be those Jews again. It brought me into a deeper relationship with Yeshua because I now know who I am, strengths & weaknesses. I was hard on our predecessors, but I can look back over my life and see I am my predecessors. I have betrayed & denied him in my life, my sins have nailed him back on the cross. Forgive us Abba for we all once were blind, we all once yelled give us Barrabas. I am so glad Jesus blood covered it all on Calvary that we can go forth as sons & daughters to bring truth to this dying world. Thank you Lord for choosing & using me. Hebrews arise.

S. Felton

 

Betrayal and Denial are 2 things that are very hard to overcome.  Especially when they come from someone u love and trust.  You feel like how could u do this to me.  Having been betrayed by a deer friend of mine years ago, i know the hurt and pain Jesus must have felt with Judas, but even with that Jesus still fellowshiped with him, ate with him, loved him.  Knowing all along that judas would be the one to betray Him.  Jesus would have forgiven him if he would have only repented and asked for forgivness like Peter repented for his denial, and look what great things he did for the kingdom.  WOW the love Jesus has for us is so deep, who can love us more no one,  absolutely no one.  I am so greatful for that love because i betrayed him time and time again when i was living in sin. Still He kept me, proteced me, comforted me, provided for me, and best of all He saved me.

S.T

 

Judas was such a coward. It made me angry know he was with the King the whole time but because of his love of money, he betrayed our Lord. I felt bad for Peter and his denying knowing Jesus. I don't think he meant any harm but it goes to show we say we love our Lord with our lips, but would we put our life on the line. The truth is that's how it should be.

 

But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?”

John 18:11 NLT

 

This verse touched me. The strenght of Jesus is amazing. He could have had all those men killed but he chose to tell Peter don't stop what the Father has called him to do. I can't imagine any person being able to take on such a burden. But Thank God he is not like man.

D Duplesis

 

Our Lord Jesus took so much from us before he died for us. The betrayal of Judas was heartbreaking but not as much as being denied by Peter. Peter, I feel was one of the closet to Jesus. I remember being betrayed by a friend of 20 years, this cuts you very deep. In addition our Lord Jesus was hit for speaking the truth which they did not understand. He even asked Why did you smite me? This hurt me, angered me that he hit Jesus. What also caught my attention is that Pilate told them twice that he sees no fault in Jesus, but the Jews were in such rage that they could not hear him. He also said that ye have a custom that I could release him to you, but they choose Barrabas a robber. Pilate gave they multiple chances to change their mind but they were in sin and did not want to change their ways, we all have people that we know like this that are not willing to change their ways or lifestyle. What's also sad and hurts is that I was these people living in sin. Forgive us Lord. Forgive them Lord. He endured all this to save US, that we would hear and believe in HIM.

L.S.

 

Just like you FL, this chapter stirred up many emotions as well including conviction but after meditating and praying all that came to mind was "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do"🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

 

Judas and Peter walked with Christ (his disciples) !! They witnessed first hand his miracles, his word, his truth, his LOVE!! Judas reminds me of people in the church meaning just because you are here does not mean you are saved!! They have religion and not a relationship!! This is where I was and praise God for the blood of Jesus!! Pastor preaches about this all the time!! Admit, Believe, Confess.. It is all about what is in your heart!! You can fool the world but there is nothing you can hide from Almighty God!! God is omnipresent!! Peter reminds me of myself and why as I am in prayer and fasting, I pray for BOLDNESS... I love the Lord!! I am not ashame of the gospel, but when the time matters, what will I do!!! If it is life and death, what will I do!! Peter LOVED the Lord but because of his flesh (sinful nature), he denied him to avoid physical punishment!!  I thank God that we have been blessed with leaders of our church who teach us and SHOW us what boldness looks like! I humbly come before you Lord, a sinner, unworthy of your grace!! My everyday prayer o Lord is as I walk in your purpose, you increase my faith and give me a BOLDNESS like no other!!

M. Kennedy

 

John 17 Summary

This chapter was overwhelming for me. Jesus experienced betrayal and denial both in such a short period of time. In addition to all of this, Jesus still had to continue to walk out the purpose which He was sent for.

All that Jesus had to stand on was truth and fulfilling His purpose. Jesus had to remain true to Himself and had to undoubtedly know who He was. Everything and everyone around Him was against Him. He was slapped because He spoke truth. It was a lose lose situation. Why? Because Jesus was in a place where truth was rejected. However, Glory be to God, Jesus was not of this world and because of that He was able to stand against all odds.  Because He was focused on Kingdom and not self, He was able to continue working His purpose no matter how difficult things became.

Betrayal hurts. To be denied by people who you thought was on your side hurts.

Walking alone can definitely be uncomfortable. Honestly, if I were in the position that Jesus was in during this chapter, I’d probably cave in under pressure.

The scripture that stuck out to me the most stated: “But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?” -John 18:11 NLT

Wow! This is truly amazing. This is why it’s so important to know who you are and know your true purpose! Jesus knew beforehand that fulfilling His purpose wouldn’t be easy. He knew that there would be suffering. He knew that in walking out His purpose He’d experience betrayal and denial. But in the end, Jesus knew that God, the Father, would receive all praise, glory, and honor! 🙌🏽❤️👑

-A. Griffin

 

What is Truth?  This is the last thing Pilate said to Jesus before handing Him over to be crucified. This stuck with me. Was Pilate looking for an answer or after being stuck between a rock and a hard place...it was rhetorical? The Word is Truth and the Word is God. Truth is what Pilate ignored.  It was clear that he found no fault at all in Jesus. But, it was also clear that he needed to appease the desire/custom  of man.  So I began to ponder where truth lies in my life. Do I operate in truth, speak truth? God’s Word is Truth and the standard by which our lives are governed. Am I willing to put aside truth to appease man and his customs? I would like to think that because i try to immerse myself in truth that I am a vehicle for truth, but I fall short. Isn’t it a good thing that love rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices with truth? after all it was the truth that set me free.

D Chevalier

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