Daily Bible Reading (Monday, April 30th)



John 18 (ESV)

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

18 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.”[a] Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus[b] 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.” 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant[c] and cut off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

Jesus Faces Annas and Caiaphas

12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews[d] arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.

Peter Denies Jesus

15 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, 16 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. 17 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.” 18 Now the servants[e] 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 Questions Jesus

19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.20 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. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22 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?” 23 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?” 24 Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter Denies Jesus Again

25 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.”26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27 Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.

Jesus Before Pilate

28 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor's headquarters.[f] It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor's headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30 They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” 31 Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” 32 This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

My Kingdom Is Not of This World

33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. 39 But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40 They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.[g]


  1. John 18:5 Greek I am; also verses 68
  2. John 18:6 Greek he
  3. John 18:10 Or bondservant; twice in this verse
  4. John 18:12 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verses 14313638
  5. John 18:18 Or bondservants; also verse 26
  6. John 18:28 Greek the praetorium
  7. John 18:40 Or an insurrectionist


Pastor Bruce I had the same thoughts regarding the Lord's power demonstrated when he said "I am". However my thoughts go to how hardened these men's hearts had to be to see His power, to feel his power and not drop their swords and walk away or drop their swords and bow their knee. I think of my own sin and how I see Jesus Christ power in my life daily. Do I put off my sin and drop to my knees when I'm faced with this power or do I continue on with my day and my plans and in my sin unfazed by who He is and what He has done and continues to do in his sanctifying work? Show me your power my Great God and help me Holy Spirit to respond rightly and immediately to that power!

I pray that I too would bear witness to the truth. That my mindset would be completely fixed on a Christ & the eternity I will spend with him in the kingdom of heaven. Also I pray that my words wouldn’t be a secret, but that I would boldly proclaim the words of Jesus Christ, & that we together can make his name known !!

This chapter highlights the magnificence of Christ against the world system of that day. Jesus' righteousness is on display against the depravity of the religious system of the Jews. They could not find any grounds of accusation but that didn't stop them. They were going to kill Him, their righteousness King, no matter what. Yet, one day, God will forgive the nation of Israel and save them all. What a savior!

The power of Christ is so great that just Him saying "I Am" caused the soldiers to draw back and fall down. There are a couple of lessons I take from this. I need to have a greater reverence, respect , awe, and fear of my Lord. I need to see just how unlimited His power is. Also, I need to rest in Him. He can take care of me just like He protected His disciples that day.

Christ presents us with an example of unconditional obedience. At any point He could have stopped any of the events; but, He didn't. Instead, he submitted himself to death so that we might be reconciled with God... What an amazing Savior!

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

This is not a new train of thought. Satan and his followers desire to obscure and deny the truth 2000 years ago and today. Thankful for a Savior who's gospel was still effective for me 2000 years later despite Satan's efforts. If evil could prevail the truth would be smothered by now. But Christ is King. Ruling today.

How many times have I, like Peter, denied the Lord in the prescence of others. Not necessarily blatantly, but by failing to speak truth in situations that he has provided for me to do so. Holy Spirit, help me to learn from the example of Peter and never fail to take advantage of an opportunity to share the truth with those around me.

While in the garden, Jesus protected His apostles from being arrested and killed. What a great reminder that He will protect us and not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. v28: How ironic: Those killing Jesus don’t want to defile themselves by entering the Praetorium on the Passover! v38: What is truth?...JESUS IS TRUTH!

As the week begins I am thankful to be reminded of the Lord’s Kingdom. It is not here on earth, but perfectly set in heaven. This week as I go about my business I will be praying for a kingdom perspective! God may you be glorified in my efforts, help me remember and understand I am serving an everlasting kingdom! God I want your kingdom to be all I ever long for. Change my heart and make me more like you. Amen!

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