The arrest of Jesus
18 1 When Jesus had finished speaking, he went with his disciples to the other side of the Kidron Valley. There was a garden there where Jesus entered with his disciples.
2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place since Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 He led soldiers of the Roman battalion and guards from the chief priests and Pharisees, who went there with lanterns, torches and weapons.
4 Jesus knew all that was going to happen to him; he stepped forward and asked, “Who are you looking for?” 5 They answered, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus said, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, stood there with them.
6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they moved back and fell to the ground. 7 He then asked a second time, “Who are you looking for?” and they answered, “Jesus the Nazarene.” 8 Jesus replied, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, let these others go.” 9 So what Jesus had said came true: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”
10 Simon Peter had a sword; he drew it and struck Malchus, the High Priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. 11 But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?”
12 The guards and the soldiers, with their commander, seized Jesus and bound him; 13 and they took him first to Annas. Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was the High Priest that year; 14 and it was Caiaphas who had told the Jews: “It is better that one man should die for the people.”
15 Simon Peter with another disciple followed Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the High Priest, they let him enter the courtyard of the High Priest along with Jesus, 16 but Peter had to stay outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the High Priest went out and spoke to the maidservant at the gate and brought Peter in. 17 Then, this servant on duty at the door said to Peter, “So you also are one of his disciples?” But he answered, “I am not.”
18 Now the servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire and were standing and warming themselves, because it was cold. Peter was also with them warming himself.
19 The High Priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in places where the Jews meet together, either at the assemblies in synagogues or in the Temple. I did not teach secretly. 21 Why then do you ask me? Ask those who heard me, they know what I said.”
22 At this reply one of the guards standing by gave Jesus a blow on the face, saying, “Is that the way to answer the High Priest?” 23 Jesus said to him, “If I have spoken wrongly, point it out; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”
24 Then Annas sent him, bound, to Caiaphas, the High Priest.
25 Now Simon Peter stood there warming himself. They said to him, “Surely you also are one of his disciples.” He denied it and answered, “I am not.” 26 One of the High Priest’s servants, a kinsman of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at once the cock crowed.
Jesus before Pilate
• 28 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the court of the Roman governor. It was now morning. The Jews didn’t enter lest they be made unclean (by coming into the house of a pagan) and be unable to eat the Passover meal. 29 So Pilate went out and asked, “What charge do you bring against this man?”
They answered, 30 “If he were not a criminal, we would not be handing him over to you.” 31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your own law.” But they replied, “We ourselves are not allowed to put anyone to death.”
32 It was clear from this what kind of death Jesus was to die, according to what Jesus himself had foretold.
33 Pilate then entered the court again, called Jesus and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus replied, “Does this word come from you, or did you hear it from others?”
35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingship does not come from this world. If I were king like those of this world, my guards would have fought to save me from being handed over to the Jews. But my kingship is not from here.”
37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” And Jesus answered, “Just as you say, I am a king. For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is on the side of truth hears my voice.” 38 Pilate said, “What is truth?”
Pilate then went out to the Jews again and said, “I find no crime in this man. 39 Now, according to a custom, I must release a prisoner of yours at the Passover. With your agreement I will release for you the King of the Jews.” 40 But they insisted and cried out, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.
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