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Jesus the Lamb led to the Slaughter

Jesus’ last moments before the cross
He Encourage His followers John 16:33 “Take heart I have overcome this world.”
The world through everything at Jesus
Sin
Death
But Christ Overcame.
Next Jesus Prays. John 17 is called The High Priestly Prayer:
Here Jesus prays for the sacrifice- Himself, that God would be glorified even in the events that would take place in just hours.
Luke 22:42 ESV
saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
They Jesus turns to those who have been with Him, asking that God would Keep them and not allow them to fall away. This is a pastoral prayer, my prayer for you that none would be lost.
Then Jesus turns to those who would believe. Jesus knew that the cross wouldn’t just affect those who walked with Him in AD 33, But that the affects of the cross would radically echo through History. That lives would be so changed because of this gospel message that men and women worldwide would pray that same prayer of Christ in the garden “Not our will but your be done.” These people would seek the glory of God rather then the comforts of this world.
The disciples would go on to do the same, giving their lives for the glory of God, Because this gospel message. Christ Jesus took their place on that cross.
Christ Jesus took my place on that cross. I was the one who was evil, who did wrong, who deserve the punishment for my actions, yet Christ drank the cup.
When we understand this, our lives are changed, We live not for ourselves but a life of worship that says, “God be glorify in through my life, Not my Will but yours be done.” even when it is hard, when situation come it is , “God Be Glorified.”
John 18:1–11 ESV
When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
Jesus in John 13 tells Judas who would betray to “Do it quickly.” Jesus knew what was going to happen, yet as we read this passage He didn’t run, in fact he actually went to a place where he always goes.
It is as if Jesus went out of His way to be apprehended. Who shows up? Not just a few soldiers, or temple guards.
“A Band of soldiers”- Roughly Six- seven hundred soldiers plus the officers from the temple, and what happens when they come before Jesus, They all fall back and bow.
Jesus says “I am” a term that is found all through out the book of John- 7 times Jesus says these “I am” statement.
“I AM the Bread of Life” John 6:35,41,48,51
“I AM the Light of the World” John 8:12
“I AM the Door of the sheep” John 10:7,9
“I AM the Good Shepherd” John 10:11,14
“I AM the Resurrection and the Life” John 11:25
“I AM the Way, the Truth, the Life” John 14:6
“I AM the true Vine” John 15:1,5
All of this statements point to Jesus being God! Moses asked God “who shall I say sent me?” God response “ I AM, has sent you.”
Why did the soldiers fall back in fear? It was because there were standing before God, and all the events that would take place was because “I AM” had allowed them to take place. The cross was the purpose of Christ coming into this world.
Jesus didn’t run from this time of suffering that would bring you and me great joy. Without the suffering of the cross there would be no joy of entirety for you and me. We needed a savior who would come and take our places, cause without that we stand condemned in sin.
John 3:17–18 ESV
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
You see the verdict for you and for me was guilty, and the sentence was death, but Christ stepped in and paid the wages of my sin. It was never a matter of Goodness cause everyone is a sinner.
Christ came for the cross, even when one of His own tried to make an effort for Him to get away Jesus said John 18:11 “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?” God was still in control on this dark moment.

Peter’s bravery is not only useless, it is a denial of the work to which Jesus has just consecrated himself

Jesus the Lamb Led to the Slaughter

John 18:12–25 ESV
So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people. Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself. The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.”
They “arrested Jesus and bound Him.” This man whom they had just fell down before has now turned Himself over to them.
Caiaphas advised John 18:14, “it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.”
One would die for many
Isaiah 53:4–7 ESV
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
We all have gone astray.”- Jesus told the Disciples in John 16:32 “You will leave me alone” Peter leaves Jesus.
Peter’s denial- Peter disowns his Lord. He did this not as someone who had only heard the words fo Jesus second hand, but he was a disciple; one who had lived with Jesus, there was a sense of being an intimate friend.
John 18:25, John takes us back back to the fire we first saw in verse 18, where Peter stood warming himself.
The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to John 5. Peter’s Second and Third Denials of Jesus (18:25–27)

The reason for interweaving Jesus’ first replies to his accusers with Peter’s denials is to make the contrast stand out: ‘John has constructed a dramatic contrast wherein Jesus stands up to his questioners and denies nothing, while Peter cowers before his questioners and denies everything’

What does Peter’s denial show us?
John The Dark Human Heart

Peter failed at the moment of truth. Such is the fallen human nature.

The passage also teaches us, especially in light of Peter’s later restoration, what kind of people Jesus died to save. He had no need to die for people who are sinless, for there are no such people. He gave Himself for people who have it in them to betray Him, people like you and me. However, He will never betray those on whom He sets His love, but will love them faithfully for all time.

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