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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 18:1-12

The hour was now come that the captain of our salvation, who was to be made perfect by sufferings, should engage the enemy. We have here his entrance upon the encounter. The day of recompence is in his heart, and the year of his redeemed is come, and his own arm works the salvation, for he has no second. Let us turn aside now, and see this great sight. I. Our Lord Jesus, like a bold champion, takes the field first (John 18:1, 2): When he had spoken these words, preached the sermon, prayed his... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 18:1-11

18:1-11 When Jesus had said these things he went out with his disciples across the Kedron Valley to a place where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered; and Judas, his betrayer, knew the place for Jesus often met with his disciples there. So Judas took a company of soldiers, together with officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, and went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus knew the things which were going to happen to him, so he came out and said:... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 18:1-11

Few scenes in scripture so show us the qualities of Jesus as does the arrest in the garden. (i) It shows us his courage. At Passover time it was fun moon and the night was almost like daylight. Yet the enemies of Jesus had come with lamps and torches. Why? They did not need them to see the way. They must have thought that they would have to search among the trees and in the hillside nooks and crannies to find Jesus. So far from hiding, when they arrived, Jesus stepped out. "Who are you... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 18:5

They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth ,.... Their answer is not, "thee"; for they knew him not, their eyes were holden, or struck with dimness, or blindness, as the men of Sodom were; or they that answered might be such, who never personally knew him: nor do they say "Christ", for they rejected and denied him as the Messiah; nor do they call him that deceiver, or seditious person, as they sometimes did, being willing to cover their malicious views and intentions; but Jesus of Nazareth, a name... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 18:5

Jesus of Nazareth - They did not say this till after Judas kissed Christ, which was the sign which he had agreed with the soldiers, etc., to give them, that they might know whom they were to seize: see Matthew 26:48 . Though some harmonists place the kiss after what is spoken in the ninth verse. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 18:5

Verse 5 5.It is I. He replies mildly that he is the person whom they seek, and yet, as if they had been struck down by a violent tempest, or rather by a thunderbolt, he lays them prostrate on the ground. There was no want of power in him, therefore, to restrain their hands, if he had thought proper; but he wished to obey his Father, by whose decree he knew that he was called to die. We may infer from this how dreadful and alarming to the wicked the voicc of Christ will be, when he shall ascend... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 18:1-11

(1) The betrayal , the majesty of his bearing , accompanied by hints of the bitter cup . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 18:1-11

The apprehension of Jesus. The crisis has come at last. I. THE SCENE OF THE ARREST . "He went forth with his disciples over the brook Kedron, where was a garden, into which he entered, and his disciples." 1. The garden was on the slope of Mount Olivet , and therefore outside Jerusalem . 2. He did not resort to it for the purpose of hiding himself from his enemies ; for Judas , the traitor , knew the place . It was to be the scene of his prayers and his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 18:4-8

The moral courage of Jesus. We see this if we consider— I. WHAT HE MIGHT HAVE DONE UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES There is no virtue in not doing thus if we cannot do otherwise. But what could Jesus do now? 1. He might have not visited the garden on this night . He knew all that was coming. He knew that the devil of piltering and covetousness had entered Judas, and that he was then in the city betraying him to his thirsty and cruel foes. He entered not the garden in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 18:5-6

They answered him, Jesus the Nazarene. Jesus saith unto them, I am he . Then, in all probability, the miscreant, the son of perdition, said," Hail, Master!" and kissed him; and there followed before and after his act the sublime replies given, "Companion, wherefore art thou come?" and "Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?" John, however, overwhelmed with the majesty and spontaneous self-devotion of the Lord, calls attention to the language he addressed to the "baud" which... read more

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