“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, ESV)

14/04/2024 – Evening Service: The arrest of Jesus

Bible Readings:

Hebrews 11:1 – 22

Matthew 26:47 – 56

John 18:1 – 14

Sermon Outline:

John 18:3–4 (NKJV)

3 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.

4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?”

Luke 22:53 (NKJV)

53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

I Arrest

Mark 14:45 (NKJV)

45 As soon as he had come, immediately he went up to Him and said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

“Kissed him fervently.” – Willian Hendriksen

“Kissed him thoroughly” – R. C. H. Lenski

“Without waiting for a response from Jesus, Judas κατεφίλησεν αὐτόν, threw his arms around him and kissed him not once as the simplex of the verb denotes (v. 44) but showered him with kisses, the addition of κατά intensifying the verb; er kuesste ihn ab. Why R. 606 thinks that the preposition lost its force in this case he does not state. He cannot base his opinion on the way in which the verb is used, and the linguistic authorities do not support him. C.-K., too, has abkuessen. This intensive act was evidently engaged in so that the captors would be sure to see it, it was prolonged so as not to leave them in doubt as to the identity of their victim. This, Judas intended to say, see, this is the man you want! This hypocrisy at the same time tries to convey to Jesus the idea that Judas’ heart, which is so glad to see Jesus, is breaking because of what is now to happen to him. Another motive for all this kissing is suggested, namely to close the mouth of Jesus as long as possible and thus to disarm him at this critical moment. He is not to display his strange power before this mob and thus to prevent his arrest.” – R. C. H. Lenski

He does not hurl the traitor from him or use his omnipotent power to blast him then and there. Jesus submits to this traitorous kissing—it is his Father’s and his own will to accept all the indignities, shame, suffering, agony that men will heap upon him even unto death. – R. C. H. Lenski

II Fellowship

Philippians 3:10 (NKJV)

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

The Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 26, of the Communion of Saints

  1. All saints, that are united to Jesus Christ their Head, by His Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with Him in His grace, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory: (1 John 1:3, Eph. 3:16–19, John 1:16, Eph. 2:5–6, Phil. 3:10, Rom. 6:5–6, 2 Tim. 2:12)

John 1:16 (NKJV)

16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.