The Betrayal and Arrest of the King
Topic: Betrayal Passage: John 18:1–18:14
In this sermon podcast on John 18:1-14, Pastor Brent unfolds two “sovereign aspects” of the betrayal of Christ so that He is exalted as both Messiah and King of glory.
Offering the final amen on the High Priestly Prayer, Jesus now takes the disciples and leaves the upper room and also departs the city. Jesus along with the eleven head down and through the Kidron Valley and up the slopes of the Mount of Olives. Returning to His familiar place to pray, Jesus enters the Garden of Gethsemane for a final time of prayer to the Father before He is delivered to the cross.
As Jesus prays and the disciples fall asleep, Judas is completing his betrayal of the Lord. In His gospel, John tells us that Judas along with a Roman cohort, Pharisees and the Temple Police are headed to Gethsemane to arrest Jesus.
Unlike the Synoptic Gospels, John offers a unique emphasis to his account of the betrayal and arrest. While Matthew, Mark and Luke seem to offer more of the agony Christ endured, John paints a vision of Christ’s sovereignty and supremacy even in the midst of His betrayal and arrest. It is not that John completely eliminates the pain that Christ was and would endure, John as was consistent with His gospel, also want us to know that Christ even amidst His arrest was in full control.
Through the eyes of John, we discover that even in the betrayal and arrest of Jesus, He was not a martyr suffering from some cruel fate, He was in fact the King of glory and in full control of every step He took towards the cross.