18:1Having said these things, Jesus left with his disciples to the other side of the brook in Kedron, where there was a garden. Jesus and his disciples entered the garden,18:2a place the traitor Judas was familiar with, since Jesus took his disciples there often.18:3Then Judas arrived with a detachment of deputies of the ruling priests and Pharisees, who carried lanterns, torches, and weapons.
18:4Then Jesus, knowing all that was about to happen to him, came out and said, “Who are you looking for?”
18:5“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
He responded, “I am.” (And the traitor Judas was standing with them.)18:6But as Jesus said “I am,” they all drew back and fell to the ground.18:7So he repeated the question, “Who are you looking for?” And again they replied, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
18:8Once again Jesus responded, “I told you that I am. And if I am the one you want, let these others go.”18:9He said this to fulfill what he had said before: “I will not lose one of those you have given me.”
18:10Then Simon Peter drew the sword he had and struck at the deputy of the ruling priest, cutting off his right ear. (The deputy’s name was Malchos.)18:11But Jesus said to Peter, “Sheath your sword! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me to drink?”
18:12Then the garrison and commander, with the Judean deputies, seized Jesus and tied him up.18:13They took him first to Annas because he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the ruling priest that year.18:14This was the Caiaphas who advised the Judeans that it would be to their advantage to let one person die for the people.
18:15Now following Jesus were Simon Peter and another disciple who was known to the ruling priest, and they went with him as far as the ruling priest’s courtyard.18:16Peter waited outside the gate, but then the one who knew the ruling priest spoke to the gatekeeper, who let Peter in.18:17But then she said to him, “Surely you’re not one of his disciples!” and he replied, “No, I’m not.”18:18The deputies and slaves were standing around a charcoal fire, warming themselves because it was cold. Peter stood there warming himself too.
18:19Meanwhile, the ruling priest asked Jesus about his disciples and teachings.18:20And Jesus replied, “I have spoken openly to the world, and I always taught in the synagogue and in the temple compound where the Judeans gather. I never spoke in secret.18:21So why are you asking me? Ask those who have heard what I said to them; they know what I said.”
18:22At this, one of the deputies standing there slapped Jesus in the face and said, “So this is how you answer the ruling priest!”18:23But Jesus retorted, “If I said something improper, prove it! Yet if I spoke properly, then why did you strike me?”18:24Then Annas sent Jesus, still tied up, to the ruling priest Caiaphas.
18:25Now Peter was still standing and warming himself when they said to him, “You’ve got to be one of his disciples!” But he denied it and said, “No, I am not!”18:26Then one of the deputies of the ruling priest, a blood relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said “I saw you in the garden with him!”18:27Again Peter denied it, and immediately a rooster crowed.
18:28Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to the governor’s compound. By this time it was morning, but they did not enter into the compound because it would make them ritually unclean, and they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.18:29So Pilate came outside to them and demanded, “What is the charge against this person?”
18:30They replied, “If he weren’t a criminal we wouldn’t have brought him here!”
18:31“Take him and judge him by your own law,” Pilate responded. But they said, “We are not allowed to execute anyone.”118:32This fulfilled what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was about to die.
18:33Then Pilate returned to the compound and called for Jesus. “So you are the king of the Judeans,” he said.
18:34Jesus responded, “Do you say this of your own accord, or is this what others have told you?”
18:35“I’m not a Judean, am I?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and ruling priests handed you over to me. So what did you do?”
18:36Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not of this world; if it had been, my slaves would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Judeans. No, my kingdom is not from here.”
18:37“So, you are a king then, right?” Pilate asked.
“You are saying I’m a king,” Jesus replied. “But I was born into this and have come into the world to testify to the truth, and everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.”
18:38“What is truth?” Pilate retorted. And having said that, he went out again to the Judeans and told them, “I can’t find a single thing to charge him with.18:39But you have a custom that during the Passover I should release to you the person you choose. So do you want me to release the king of the Judeans?”
18:40“No, not this one but Bar-Abbas!” they shouted. (Bar-Abbas was a robber.)
- 1The Judeans’ request to have the Romans execute Jesus indicated that they wanted the kind of execution only the Roman government could hand out: crucifixion.