Signs of a Savior – John 18:1-11

This message is titled “Signs of a Savior.” It’s week 9 of the Signs series. Delivered on March 25, 2018 (Palm Sunday) at CrossPoint Lindsborg.

We’ve been walking through the Gospel of John. Here’s a brief video about the series from our CrossPoint Lindsborg Facebook page!

Since it’s Palm Sunday, and Holy Week is starting, we discussed the Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus. This significant event would soon lead to the trials, the crucifixion, and the resurrection.

The Bible text we discussed is John 18:1-11.

[1] 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. [2] Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. [3] 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. [4] Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” [5] They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. [6] When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. [7] So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” [8] Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” [9] 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 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?” (ESV)

Listen to the sermon audio.

Highlights from the message.

The Word of God is what God would say if he were in the room. If we have the verse, we’ve heard the voice.

The betrayal Jesus experienced kick-started the redemption of humanity.

David once crossed the brook Kidron while fleeing from a betrayal (2 Samuel 15). Jesus crossed the brook Kidron as he willingly stepped into a betrayal.

In one garden, we became chained to sin. In another garden, our Savior became chained to free us from sin.

Jesus was betrayed, but not bitter — he doesn’t play the victim.

There were times when Jesus ran and escaped hostile crowds. But this time was different. The High Priestly Prayer reveals he knew what was coming. The first thing Jesus prays in John 17 is “Father, the hour has come.”

Jesus gives an “I Am” statement, using ego eimi. God’s name knocked over an entire army.

The almighty Savior humbled himself to be arrested at the hands of sinners, so that he may save the very ones who arrested him. The big picture here is Christ’s humility. He handed himself over to be bound by the ones he was sent to free from bondage.

Jesus drank the cup that the Father had prepared for him. And Jesus did it perfectly.

What is the cup that God has for you? We think about taking every best opportunity for ourselves. Instead, we need to be in-step with God and drink the cup that God has for us. In doing so, we follow Jesus’ example.

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