Genesis 4:1-16

As you read, think of some of the emotions that Cain may have felt that may have led to the murder of Able.

Can you think of times in which you have fallen victim to the very emotions, feelings and actions of Cain. Hopefully not murder, in the physical sense.

Wrath, the second of the deadly seven.

Cain didn’t have a right relationship with the Lord; as such, wrath overtook Cain’s heart and he sinned against both God and man.

As we consider this, how would you answer the following?

Q: In your life, what is anger usually a sign of? Discontent? Not getting your way? Hurt pride? Jealousy? Explain.

Q: What is the best advice you have been given on how to deal with anger?

Anger in and of itself isn’t sin, but when it is unrighteous and uncontrolled, it quickly becomes sin and causes the angry person to sin further. Wrath, also known as “rage,” is uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. Wrath, in its purest form, presents with self-destructiveness, violence, and hate. Feelings of anger can manifest in different ways, including impatience, revenge, and self-destructive behavior. Ultimately, wrath is sin because it defies God’s command to love others as He loves us.

Verse Of The Week:

Ephesians 4:26 (KJV) 26  Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

I hope you get a chance to read the passages and prepare for Sunday both in study and in prayer. God Bless and have a great week.




1 Samuel 2-4

As you read, focus on Eli’s interaction with his sons Hophni and Phineas and with the Children of Isreal as the High Priest.

You will find a parallel story of Samuel and how he was ultimately chosen as the substitute High Priest.

SLOTH, the first of the deadly seven.

Sloth is defined as spiritual or emotional apathy, neglecting what God has spoken, and being physically and emotionally inactive. Sloth can also indicate a wasting due to lack of use, concerning a person, place, thing, skill, or intangible ideal that would require maintenance, refinement, or support to continue to exist. As an example of sloth we’ll consider the life of Eli, one of Israel’s priests, whose story is told in 1 Samuel 2–4. Sloth is evident in Eli’s life through his indifference to his responsibilities as a father and as the high priest of Israel.

Q: After studying the text, in what ways do you find Eli to be a Slothful person?


Q: What are some adjectives, descriptive words that you believe could be interchangeable with Slothfulness?


Q: What is meant by the statement in 1 Samuel 2:12, “the sons of Eli were sons of Belial?


1 Samuel 2:3 (KJV)
3  Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

I hope you get a chance to read the passages and prepare for Sunday both in study and in prayer. God Bless and have a great week.

This Sunday 9-18-2016


“Why Did Jesus Come” The 5th session in our Strategic Discipleship Series. Due to some copyright limitations, we will no longer post the Lessons on our web page but we will continue to post work sheets and outlines on our closed facebook page for the class.

So, why did Jesus come?  If asked this question, could you give a substantial answer?  According to  1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)” 15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”  In this lesson we will explore the reason for Christ coming and the result that would occur had He not come.

See you Sunday.

New Study


Hope to see you this Sunday morning August 21st. We will be starting a new study that will be great for all of us. This will refresh the memory and strengthen the mature christian while grounding the newer christian in the doctrinal basis of our beliefs.

1 John Chapter 1


We will be continuing with the writings of the Apostle John.  The Epistles or letters of John to other believers has importance to us as to our fellowship with God and other believers. We find John’s reason for this writing in verse 4 ”  1 John 1:4 (KJV) 4  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” Come and join us as we begin our study.

With Jesus to the Cross



Lesson 5:



We ended our last session in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus proved His power over His would-be captors, then willingly yielded Himself to them.

Beginning in the Garden and going on through the night we see vividly the blatant denial, self-will, and deceitfulness of man.  This in stark contrast to the holy righteous truth of God’s Son.

Watch how Jesus systematically indicts their hypocrisy, yet they go blindly on.  They think they have him on trial, but in reality He convicts them of their guilt.

Definition: Indict:      To make formal accusation on the basis of positive  LEGAL evidence.


Luke 22:52: Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves? 53: When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Luke 22:52-53 – ” I was with you daily in the temple…you didn’t touch me there…”

Matt. 21:12: And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13: And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. 14: And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. 15: And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, 16: And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? 17: And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there. Matt.21:23: And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? 24: And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25: The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? 26: But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. 27: And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Matt.:21:43: Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44: And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 45: And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 46: But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

Matt. 21:12-17, 23-27, 43-46

Can you see why they hated Jesus ?  He confronted their   FALSE      religious front and there wasn’t anything that they could do.

Wherever your life of obedience begins to make others   LOOK         bad, they will try to find  your  flaws  in  order  to  feel better  about  themselves  and to  make you look

 BAD           .”… When you start finding things wrong with everyone else in the Church it’s a pretty good   SIGN    that there is hypocrisy in your life.”

In John 7:30, 8:20 – John says they sought to lay hands on Jesus but couldn’t…why ?

John7:30: Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.      8:20: These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.

Luke 22:53: When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Luke 22:53 – “But this is your  HOUR   …”  What changed ?

Note:  “It doesn’t matter what your enemy,    SATAN       , wants to do to you… when your life is surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ, nothing happens without God’s  PERMISSION     .”

These men thought, ” A Ha!, we finally caught Him,”  when in reality they were stepping into a  TRAP   set for them from the foundation of the world !

John 18:12: Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

John 18:12 – ” They bound Him.”

As we mentioned last time, even when they bound Him, they were fulfilling the Old Testament picture of Abraham and Isaac.

Psalm 118:22: The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 23: This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24: This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 25: Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. 26: Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. 27: God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

Psalm 118:22-27 – Who are these passages talking about ?

In verse 27, what did they do with the sacrifice ?

Do you see why you can trust God’s word ?…He knows the  END    from the beginning!


Note:  There were   SIX      stages of Jesus’ trials.

 THREE   before the Jewish leader.

  THREE  before the Romans.

Romans 3:9: What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 10: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12: They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13: Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15: Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16: Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17: And the way of peace have they not known: 18: There is no fear of God before their eyes. 19: Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Romans 3:9-19 – “All the world became guilty before God.”


Facts: He was the High Priest for     16   years.  according to the Jewish law, the priest-hood was for a lifetime, but Annas’ power worried Rome.  They encouraged him to step down.  To have such a long history of success as a priest you had to first, keep the Jews     CALM    for Rome and second, bring lots of money in  TAXES  .  Even though he had stepped down, he still had control.   Five sons, one grandson, and now his son in law, Caiaphas, had all held the office of High Priest.

*  Annas owned the temple booths (the    4     shops of Annas).  As many as  250,000      

sacrifices were offered on one passover.

*  The people would be given   1/5    the value of their currency (had to use temple


*  They would be told their lambs were unacceptable, they would have to purchase a             temple sacrifice.

*   They would be paid very little for their spotless lambs.

*   They would be sold weak, sickly temple lambs at      5     times their value.

*   It was called ” The Bazaar of Annas” and the Jews  HATED  him.

Example:  Lev. 5:7   Provided a way for the poor to bring a dove if they couldn’t afford a lamb.  Annas would charge 1 gold coin for a dove…an unbelievable amount.

Application:  Their religion was nothing more than a way to get    WEALTH     for them-       selves.  They were so pre-occupied with themselves, they missed the one they were trained to look for.

Question:        Why do you come to  CHURCH    ?

Is it for self or to serve the Savior ?

Fact:   Jesus had twice gone in and destroyed Annas’ rip-off shops when he cleansed the temple.

John 2:13: And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14: And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16: And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

John 2:13-16   WHAT A MAN!  That would be like going into a Las Vegas Casino and whipping the dealers while turning over the roullette wheels…and nobody stopped him.

Question:        Why hadn’t anyone else done anything before ?

“Oh!, That’s just the  WAY    it is.”

Application:   Don’t allow    SIN  to go on in your life or Church without it causing you to do what   JESUS    would do!

They brought Jesus to Annas first,  because they knew Annas had reason to hate Jesus.


John 18:20: Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.

John 18:20 – ” I spoke openly…nothing in secret meetings.”

John 7:26: But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?   Luke 5:14: And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.   17:14: And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

John 7:26, Luke 5:14, 17:14

How many times do you think these men had met someone    HEALED  by Jesus ?


          NO    WITNESSES 

John 18:21: Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.

John 18:21 – ” Why ask me…ask those who heard me.”

Annas’ 4 options

  1. You should know about me and don’t. (crummy priest)
  2. Your asking me to incriminate myself. (illegal)
  3. You have no witnesses. (mis-trial)
  4. You know, but won’t admit it. (liar & deceiver)


Note:  18:22 – An officer tries to score brownie points with the priest by striking Jesus.


John 18:22: And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? 23: Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?

John 18:”23 – “Why do you   SMITE        me,  you have no witnesses.”  “if I’ve done wrong, prove it, if not, you’ve just violated another of your own laws.”

Though Annas had Jesus bound – Jesus had him on   TRIAL       .  Jesus knew their law better than they did, and He confronted their hypocrisy.

APPLICATION:      You can justify your   SIN     all you want, but it won’t  STAND   

in the presence of God !

During the trial of Annas, Caiaphas rounded up the 25 out of 75 members of the Sanhedrin needed for a minimum vote.  They   PAID      witnesses to lie, but they couldn’t agree.  They misquoted Him in Mark 14:57,58.

Mark 14:57: And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, 58: We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

” Destroy this temple made with hands and within 3 days I will build another made without hands.”

John 2:19: Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

John 2:19         What He really said.

” Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”

Prophecy Fulfilled:

Psalm 27:12 – “For false witnesses are risen up against me.”

Psalm 27:12: Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty

Psalm 35:11-17 – “False witnesses did rise up, they laid to my charge things I know not.”

Psalm 35:11: False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. 12: They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. 13: But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. 14: I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. 15: But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: 16: With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth. 17: Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

The only solid case they had against Jesus was His claim to equality with   GOD      …But for that they needed a witness.

Caiaphas’ demand.

“By the living God, I demand you tell me … are you the Son of God.”

Matt. 26:63: But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

Jesus Answer – Matt. 26:64 “Yes”

Matt.26:64: Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Jesus’ only crime was His willingness to   TESTIFY    who He was.  Our crime is our

  FAILURE   to testify about who He is in our lives.  He died because He claimed to be God.  What   PRICE    are you willing to pay to let Him be your God ?

While Jesus was tested by the Jewish leader, Peter was tested by the world.  Jesus told the   TRUTH    and lost His life, Peter   LIED      to save his.

Question:        When was the last time you were in a place where you had to choose between your reputation or Jesus ? What did you do ?

CONCLUSION:   Matt. 26:67: Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,

“Then they spat on Him and hit Him with their hands.”

Their jealous rage fulfilled yet another prediction found in Ex. 29:10,11,15,19.  The priest will put his hands on the sacrifice    FIRST      … and they did.

Ex. 29:10: And thou shalt cause a bullock to be brought before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the bullock. 11: And thou shalt kill the bullock before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Ex.29:15: Thou shalt also take one ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram.

Ex. 29:19: And thou shalt take the other ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram.

With Jesus To The Cross



Lesson 1 – Who was Jesus ?  What rights did He give up to come to us ?

Lesson 2 – Judas , nobody thought it was him.  Why ?

Lesson 3 – The agony of the garden.  Do I take on the sin of the world and be separated        from my Father ?


INTRODUCTION:  Throughout the entire last day of His life, Jesus proved Himself to be       totally   GOD    .  Predicting Judas’ betrayal proved His Omniscience  All- KNOWING ). Continuing to offer His love to Judas demanded His  supernatural grace.  His agony and dread in the garden revealed His     absolute hatred for    SIN         and total holiness, and His obedience to the   FATHER  .


Note:  Just as Ahithopel had betrayed David, and volunteered to go and fetch him for Absolam, so Judas came with a    BAND      of men to retrieve Jesus.

(2 Sam. 16:15-17:14)

  1. Why do you think Jesus went to the Garden ? (John 18:1)

John 18:1: When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.

*  Wouldn’t you avoid situations where you may be made fun of for your

  FAITH    ?

*  How does who you’re with affect your    ACTIONS    and testimony ?

It was where he ALWAYS   went to pray.

John 18:2: And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus

ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.

Luke 21:37 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives.

Question:   If Satan were going to attack you at your     TIME         and         PLACE             of fellowship with God, where and when would he     ATTACK     you ?

If you have no answer, then he doesn’t   NEED  to attack  you,  you have already   SURRENDERED    .

No SECRET     Disciples.

(Example – Joseph Tson)

If you get a chance, Google this person and read about his persecution and suffering as a Romanian Pastor under the Communist Government there.  Even with all the suffering he endured, and his congregation also, he still felt that,

“our greatest sin was the desire to   SURVIVE         .”

Maybe it should be as Paul put it in Philippians 1:21, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

 Just like Daniel  (Dan. 6:1,2, 10)

1: It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 2: And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. 10: Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.


  1. He KNEW  Judas would be there.

*  This was    NO   surprise arrest .

*  Judas didn’t know it, but He was keeping an  APPOINTMENT made       for him before the world began.

Rev. 13:8    SLAIN  from the foundation of the world.

8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

John 6:64     KNEW from the beginning.

64: But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

John 6:70, 71  One of you is a   DEVIL  , He spoke of Judas.

70: Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71: He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

John 17:12  That the scripture may be fulfilled.

12: While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

Note:   Though it appears that  EVIL    triumphs and good guys finish

   LAST , that is not the whole picture.

1 Peter 4:12-14 – “On     THEIR     part He may be blasphemed. but on

   YOUR     part, He is glorified…”

12: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14: If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

You may think your getting away with it, (  SIN    ), but even your rebellion will not stop God’s awesome plan.

  1. To fulfill the picture of David and his men in the book of 2 Samuel 15-

going to the Mount of Olives.

Note:   Jesus prayed for deliverance as He was obeying His Father.

Don’t ask for God’s help unless you are willing to obey.

When do we usually cry out to God ?

  1. Why bring an ARMY      ? (John 18:3)

3: Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

  1. A BAND        of men.

The word band means a military   COHART    : approximately  680   men or the tenth part of a legion which was 6,826 soldiers.  If you add the chief priest, religious leaders, and temple officers you could have had as many as    1000   men coming to the garden

  1. Torches and lanterns.

*  To   LOOK     for the   LIGHT   of the world.

  1. Swords and staves. (Matt. 26:47)

47: And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

*  To take the Prince of    PEACE    .

Note:  What kind of    FEAR   do you think this size of mob represents for the

 POWER         of Jesus.  They knew His power and His illusive ways.

Look at Luke 4:28-30, John 8:59, 10:39

Luke 4:28: And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29: And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 30: But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

John 8:59: Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. John 10:39: Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

What do you suppose causes men like this to ignore the obvious and continue to    FIGHT  against the power of God?

Where in your life do you already know God’s   WILL    and yet continue to do what   YOU   want ?

What will be the inevitable   RESULT   ?

What do you suppose Jesus was thinking at this moment as the mob approached ?

Psalm 3:6-8 “I will not be afraid of the ten thousands of people who have set them,selves against me all around.  Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God!  For you have smitten all my enemies on the cheekbone; you have broken the teeth of the ungodly.  Salvation beloings to the Lord.  Your blessing is upon Your people.”

Psalm 27:3-6 “Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.  One thing I have desired of the Lord; that will I seek after; That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.  For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle he shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.  And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.”

Psalm 27:3-6 ” To You I will cry, O Lord my rock: Do not be silent to me, lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.”

  1. JESUS TAKES CONTROL   . (John 18)
  2. He KNEW    they were coming. (vs.4)4: Jesus therefore, knowing all things that

should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

3. Who spoke first

The other Gospels show Judas as the initiator, but John; the Gospel written to prove Jesus was   GOD         , shows Jesus confronting the mob demanding an          ANSWER   .

  1. The Judas kiss.
  1. Judas repeatedly kissed Him…to kiss much.

(Mark 14:45- master, master…)

45: And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.

*   Same word that is  used to describe the woman in Luke 7:38 and the       Prodigals father in Luke 15:20.

  1. The kiss of friendship
  1. SERVANT     kissed the hand.
  2. SLAVES        would kiss the feet
  3. Worshippers kissed the HEM   of the garment.
  4. Only intimate FRIENDS   kissed the face.

*  Have you ever been betrayed or humiliated by a “  FRIEND  ?”

*  How did you feel ?

*  How did you respond ?

Listen to how David described this betrayal.

Psalm 55:12-14  “For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; then I could bear it.  Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; then I could hide from him.  But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance.  We took sweet councel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng.”

Note:  To betray a friend is one thing, but to think you can mock   GOD       

with a   KISS         and get away with it is quite another.  The sad thing is, He’s endured a million    JUDAS    kisses since then. (Matt. 10:32,33)

32: Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33: But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

  1. Jesus’ startling response.

50: And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

*  “ FRIEND ” (Matt. 26:50)

He still offered His   FRIENDSHIP            …Can we do less ?  When we harbor  bitterness we are saying, “I’ve been treated   WORSE          than Jesus was, so I have the    RIGHT   to be angry!”

  1. Who’s in charge here ?
  2. Whom do you seek ? (vs. 4)Jn 18:4: Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
  3. I             AM      .” John 18:6: As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

*  The name of God in Exodus 3:14

  1. Judas is still standing there. (John 18:5)5: They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.

*  Why didn’t he run ?

1)  Sin isn’t logical… it is    FOOLISH    .

2)  John wanted you to know Judas was there when the next event occurred.

  1. They FELL   to the ground.

*  The entire Roman Cohart, religious leaders, temple officer…and

JUDAS…knocked down by God’s    WORD     .

Note:  That was just a shadow of the response of every  MAN         to

His power and presence.

  1. Who were you looking for again ? (vs. 7)7: Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.

” I just want you to know who is in  CHARGE   .”

*  Mark 14:48,49  48: And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me? 49: I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

” I was with you everyday in the temple and you didn’t touch          me…’intimidation’.”

  1. Let my Disciples go. (vs. 8)John 18:8: Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
  2. Even at His ARREST   , He was thinking of them.

John 17:12: While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

John 17:12 – While I was in the world…I   KEPT     them.

John 17:15: I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

John 17:15 – Father …    KEEP     them from the evil one.

Question:        If Jesus could take the time to watch and take care for His friends

in the hour of His own arrest, what do you suppose He will do for His children now that He is  SEATED  at His Father’s  RIGHT     hand in glory ?

  1. Peter’s BRAVE   move. (vs.10)John 18:10: Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

*  Cuts off  Malchus’   EAR     .

*  Not so brave…Jesus had just knocked them all down.

*  Peter was ready to fight, but not to    DIE    .

In church or other religious gatherings  you can get all gung-ho about Jesus…but will you let yourself be laughed at, mocked, and rejected for Him at work, ball fields, and with friends ?

Note:  Malchus means “  KING       ” or “Kingdom”.  Luke 22:51 tells us that the     TRUE    king, Jesus, replaced the ear of the priest who came to arrest Him.

Do you see why we must   LOVE     and   FORGIVE       one another.

It is the “Earmark” of Christianity.” ” As I have   LOVED     you, you love one another…this is how the   WORLD       will know that you’re mine.”     John 13:34,35

  1. Jesus YIELDS  .

(vs. 12) – Then they bound Him.

First Mention: Gen.22:9 – “And when Abraham came to the place which God had told him of, he built an alter there, and laid the wood in order, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.”


In case you ever wondered who was and is and ever will be in   CONTROL        of the affairs of your life, rest assured nothing takes   JESUS       by surprise.

How would you have liked to have been told to tie up Jesus ?  Why would that be ridiculous ?

Is it any  LESS    ridiculous to go on through life thinking that you can disobey God and His Word and there will be no consequences in your life ?