John 18:1-14 Jesus is betrayed


The hymn is now with the prayers, praise and worship at the end… so we start with our devotions with the Word…


John 18:1-14 Jesus is betrayed (Complete Jewish Bible).

Jesus is betrayed

18:1 After Yeshua (Jesus), had said all this, he went out with his talmidim, (disciples), across the stream that flows in winter through the Vadi Kidron, (Kidron Valley), to a spot where there was a grove of trees; and he and his talmidim (disciples), went into it. 

2 Now Y’hudah, (Judas), who was betraying him, also knew the place; because Yeshua (Jesus), had often met there with his talmidim, (disciples). 3 So Y’hudah (Judas), went there, taking with him a detachment of Roman soldiers and some Temple guards provided by the head cohanim (chief priest) and the P’rushim, (Pharisees); they carried weapons, lanterns and torches. 

4 Yeshua, (Jesus), who knew everything that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Whom do you want?” 

5 “Yeshua (Jesus), from Natzeret, (Nazareth) they answered. 

He said to them, “I AM.” 

Also standing with them was Y’hudah, (Judas), the one who was betraying him. 6 When he said, “I AM,” they went backward from him and fell to the ground. 

7 So he inquired of them once more, “Whom do you want?” 

And they said, “Yeshua from Natzeret.(“Jesus, from Nazareth”).

8 “I told you, ‘I AM,’” answered Yeshua, “so if I’m the one you want, let these others go.” 

9 This happened so that what he had said might be fulfilled, “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”

10 Then Shim‘on Kefa, (Simon Peter), who had a sword, drew it and struck the slave of the cohen hagadol, (High Priest), cutting off his right ear; the slave’s name was Melekh (Malchus)

11 Yeshua (Jesus) said to Kefa, (Peter), “Put your sword back in its scabbard! This is the cup the Father has given me; am I not to drink it?”

Jesus is taken to Annas

12 So the detachment of Roman soldiers and their captain, together with the Temple Guard of the Judeans, (Jews), arrested Yeshua, (Jesus), tied him up, 

13 and took him first to Anan, (Annas), the father-in-law of Kayafa, (Caiaphas), who was cohen gadol (High Priest), that fateful year. 

Note the difference between the arrest when the guards fell to the ground, when Jesus said ‘I AM’, v.5 and then tying Jesus up, v.12, even though Jesus had just healed the high priest’s slave. (Some people don’t let the truth get in the way of their actions.)

14 (It was Kayafa, (Caiaphas), who had advised the Judeans (the Judean Jews), that it would be good for one man to die on behalf of the people.)


Note the prophetic side of the High Priest. Even though he was about to navigate the murder of Jesus God still used his position as a mouthpiece to prophecy. The same thing happened with King Saul. God is Sovereign. His purposes will be fulfilled. 

  • Today’s Verse…

‘Who is Jesus?’  in John 18:5 Jesus used the name of God as His own Name here…’I AM’.

He said to them, “I AM.” (Note:- Translations add the word “he”, making it read “I am he”, but the word ‘he’ is not in the original Greek. The Greek just says, ‘I AM’, so the Complete Jewish Bible translation is literally correct.)

  • Today’s Challenge

Note that when Jesus said “I AM”, everyone, even the soldiers fell backward – and John thought that so significant, he recorded it as an event within the story. 

One day every knee will bow – and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Some will acknowledge AFTER it is too late,

whilst others will acknowledge on earth BEFORE it is too late!

Prayer, Praise and worship

Prayer of confession – Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Hymn for today – All Hail The Power of Jesus Name at this link…

Second reading. John 18:1-14 Contemporary English Version

Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested

18 When Jesus had finished praying, he and his disciples crossed the Kidron Valley and went into a garden.

2 Jesus had often met there with his disciples, and Judas knew where the place was.

3-5 Judas had promised to betray Jesus. So he went to the garden with some Roman soldiers and temple police, who had been sent by the chief priests and the Pharisees. They carried torches, lanterns, and weapons. Jesus already knew everything that was going to happen, but he asked, “Who are you looking for?”

They answered, “We are looking for Jesus from Nazareth!”

Jesus told them, “I am Jesus!” 6 At once they all backed away and fell to the ground.

7 Jesus again asked, “Who are you looking for?”

“We are looking for Jesus from Nazareth,” they answered.

8 This time Jesus replied, “I have already told you that I am Jesus. If I am the one you are looking for, let these others go. 9 Then everything will happen, just as I said, ‘I did not lose anyone you gave me.’ ”

10 Simon Peter had brought along a sword. He pulled it out and struck at Malchus, the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. 11  Jesus told Peter, “Put your sword away. I must drink from the cup that the Father has given me.”

(Matthew 26.47-56; Mark 14.43-50; Luke 22.47-53)

Jesus Is Brought to Annas

12 The Roman officer and his men, together with the temple police, arrested Jesus and tied him up. 13 They took him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14  This was the same Caiaphas who had told the Jewish leaders, “It is better if one person dies for the people.

(Matthew 26.57,58; Mark 14.53,54; Luke 22.54)

Closing Prayer:

‘I treasure your Word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you.’ Psalm 119:11 

Memory Verse:

John 18:5 He said to them, “I AM.” 

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