Easter Sunday: John 18:1-11: The Arrest of Christ


I had a completely different sermon planned for this one, but in my meditations this week I was drawn to the passage where Jesus is arrested in John 18:1-11.  John’s gospel is unique among the four gospels and tends to focus our attention on the glory of Christ as the Son of God.  For this reason we see John not lingering on the garden of Gethsemane when Jesus was toiling in His weakness to submit Himself to God’s wrath for our sins. No, instead we see John brushes over that in v1-2, ‘When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, 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.’  John instead includes the unique account among the gospels of Jesus knocking the arresting party over.