When Jesus’ enemies arrested him, they showed up with force. He showed them a little force of his own, only to prove that he would come willingly to the cross. Not by force, but by choice.

Notes And Next Steps

John 18:1-11 + Part 7 of the series “I Am"

What do you do with strange gifts?

Now, Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place. (John 18:2).

Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” (John 18:4)

Nobody who experiences the reality of God can stay on their feet.

Judas was given a gift.

Jesus lived with a gift.

“If you are looking for me, then let these men go” … “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me.” (John 18:8,11)

When you focus more on him and less on yourself, you hold tightly to your clear purpose: living to his glory.



    1. How can you know that you are choosing God’s gift and wanting what God wants, desiring his will? Review these components from this account in the Garden of Gethsemane. What do they look like in your spiritual life? A) Jesus took control of the situation by giving himself up willingly. When do you seek control for your own self-preservation or self-promotion? Where can you start seeking control that gives yourself up willingly for the good of others? B) Jesus asks, “Who are you looking for?” That’s a dangerous prayer. Can you pray dangerously, and when looking for solutions to problems, ask God, “Who do you want to do this?” and be ready for his answer: you. C) Take whatever is from God—even if it is hard and it hurts, like the cup Jesus drank—and consume it deeply. Accept it by faith and make it your own.
    2. Spend more quiet time with God this Holy Week following the CrossWords Meditations that will focus on the days of Holy Week. These are sent every morning from CrossLife, written by Pastor Daron. If you aren’t receiving them, just send a request to Staff Assistant Lauren at [email protected].
    3. Rent or purchase the 2014 movie “Son of God,” directed by Christopher Spencer, and produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Watch it with your family, perhaps on “Holy Saturday” between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.