What Jesus Did! 'Betrayed in the Place of Friends' — John 18:1-3

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

When Jesus finished praying, he left with his followers. They went across the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden {of olive trees}. Jesus and his followers went there. Judas knew where this place was, because Jesus met there often with his followers. Judas was the one that turned against Jesus. So Judas led a group of soldiers to the garden. Judas also brought some guards from the leading priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns, and weapons.
— John 18:1-3
Illustration of John 18:1-3 —  Judas knew where this place was, because Jesus met there often with his followers.

Key Thought

Judas knew where to find Jesus; Jesus took his disciples here many times to pray and be with his disciples. Unfortunately, Satan still uses people close to God's children to wound and betray them in places where they feel they should be safe. That makes the wound all the more grievous and the methods of betrayal all the more harsh and garish. The very acts of betrayal seem to make the once holy places defiled. We must recognize, however, that the place and the people where we are betrayed are not the problem. Satan is! If Jesus was betrayed by one close to him, we should not expect things to be all that different for us. But, we must not let that keep us from God's people or God's places! If Satan can keep us from Jesus' disciples and the place of prayer and fellowship, then he has us just where he wants us. Don't let the unfaithfulness of others drive you from the people of God!

Today's Prayer

Father, give me strength and courage to never let the ruthless and duplicitous actions of others drive me from your people or the places I need to go for strength, encouragement, and support. Jesus, please come to me and minister to my broken spirit in times like these. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

When Jesus finished praying, he left with his followers. They went across the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden {of olive trees}. Jesus and his followers went there. Judas knew where this place was, because Jesus met there often with his followers. Judas was the one that turned against Jesus. So Judas led a group of soldiers to the garden. Judas also brought some guards from the leading priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns, and weapons. Jesus knew everything that would happen to him. Jesus went out and asked, "Who are you looking for?" The men answered, "Jesus from Nazareth." Jesus said, "I am Jesus." (Judas, the one that turned against Jesus, was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, "I am Jesus," the men moved back and fell to the ground. Jesus asked them again, "Who are you looking for?" The men said, "Jesus from Nazareth." Jesus said, "I told you that I am Jesus. So if you are looking for me, then let these other men go free." This happened so that the words Jesus said before would be true: "I have not lost any of the men you gave me." Simon Peter had a sword. He took out the sword and struck the servant of the high priest. Peter cut off the servant's right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back in its place! I must accept the cup {of suffering} the Father has given me."

John 18:1-11

Related Scripture Readings

"Listen! I am sending you, and you will be like sheep among wolves. So be smart like snakes. But also be like doves and do nothing wrong. Be careful of people. They will arrest you and take you to be judged. They will whip you in their synagogues. You will be taken to stand before governors and kings. People will do this to you because of me. You will tell about me to those kings and governors and to the non-Jewish people. When you are arrested, don't worry about what to say or how you should say it. At that time you will be given the things to say. It will not really be you speaking. The Spirit of your Father will be speaking through you. "Brothers will turn against their own brothers and give them to be killed. Fathers will turn against their own children and give them to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and will send their parents to be killed. All people will hate you because you follow me. But the person that continues strong until the end will be saved.

Matthew 10:16-22

People will do all this to you because of me. They don't know the One who sent me.

John 15:21

Brothers and sisters, don't be surprised when the people of this world hate you.

1 John 3:13

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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