John's Gospel-a new look-no 30: The arrest of Jesus
Jesus' arrest-who was in control? Jn. 18:1-14
Here again the deeper level of this amazing Gospel becomes apparent. After the arrest John states that Caiaphas (the high priest) had unknowingly prophesied that “it would be good if one man died for the nation”. (vs.14) Words that he did not understand for their deeper meaning.
While the religious leaders saw the death of Jesus as the end of a political problem, in fact it was the end to the sin problem, for those who believe. But I am getting ahead of myself.
It was not difficult to find Jesus as he visited some places regularly with his disciples. At the same time Judas had sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, the price of a slave. With Judas was the detachment of soldiers with their torches, lanterns and weapons. What they did not realize was that Jesus was the real light of the world. Their weapons were powerless to stop him if he chose to call on the forces he had available.
This was a lesson the disciples still had to learn as demonstrated by Peter who used his sword to cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant who John names as Malcus.
When Jesus admits to be Jesus of Nazareth John records “the people drew back and fell on the ground”. This fact that Jesus was prepared to lay down his life for the cause of salvation is a theme in the Gospel. John shows clearly that Jesus is always in control of the situation and that he is prepared to “drink from the cup” that his father had prepared for him.
The arrest and mock trial of Jesus is a sad incident in the history of human affairs but we need to remember who was in control and who is still in control today. Sometimes we are like Peter when we want to fight the battles our way, when the victory has already been won on the cross.