Jesus Arrested and Bound

I have never been arrested. Hallelujah! From those whom I know that have been arrested, it is not an experience that one wants to partake. The clanging of the jail door is one sound they say you don’t want to hear. Well, my Lord and Savior faced more than a clanging jail door. Jesus, who willingly gave Himself, knew that He would be beaten and crucified; yet, He willingly gave Himself. On the way to the cross, the headline reads Jesus Arrested and Bound.

He allowed Himself to be bound. Caiaphas, the high priest that year, prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation and others (v14). This is why Jesus allowed Himself to be arrested and bound. Each day when I truly take the time to reflect on who Jesus is and what He has done for me, I am truly amazed. He suffered and died to buy my pardon.

John 18 (NKJV)

When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered. And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?”

They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus said to them, “I am He. And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, “I am He, they drew back and fell to the ground.

Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,” that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.”

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 the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

12 Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him. 13 And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. 14 Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

God’s plan, even when it looks like man is in control, is always under His control. He is always working on our behalf for our good. You may ask how can something good come from something bad. You need to look no further than to Jesus for the answer. Redemption, the salvation of one’s soul resulted from something really bad, His crucifixion. He rose to give us life. If you don’t know Jesus, then you are still dead in your sinsJesus Arrested and Bound has a refreshing meaning to it despite being a terrible thing. What has God allowed you to experience to bring you closer to Him? Have you surrendered to it like Jesus to bring about God’s plan?


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