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We begin a new section of the Gospel According to John, the 18th Chapter, having spent many months in what is known as the “Farewell Discourse”, that is, Chapters 13-17. We will being with the first eleven verses, concerning the arrest of Jesus, in this message, which is titled “The Greatness of Our Savior”.
Even in this moment of apparent weakness, when the storm really hits, when the battle is about to rage, John wants us to see the greatness and majesty of the Man of Sorrows. In other words, don’t forget who Jesus is; His death is not some tragedy, in the sense that it’s not an accident. It is something to which our Savior goes knowingly and with intent. We will see John intended this as great comfort for the original readers of this gospel, and for us, as we will have storms in our life.
We will observe in the narrative clues based on what John includes and doesn’t include (when compared and harmonized with the other three gospels). These clues will help us interpret John’s inspired narrative, as we observe the actions and consider the implications.