Step 1: Opening and Introduction to the lesson: Where do you go when you need to prepare yourself for a very stressful time?
Step 2: Hear – Read: Jesus Arrested. John 18:1 – 11.
Step 3: Explore – Discover the Passage
- Why do the Pharisees want to take advantage of the night to arrest Jesus (see 3:19-20; 12:35; 13:30)?
- How do you think the disciples felt when they saw these menacing-looking people coming? Jesus used many I am…” sayings (vine, light, bread). How do you explain verse 6? How does he show concern for his disciples?
- Describe Jesus’ attitude as Judas and the soldiers come. Seeing how he deals with the soldiers (vv. 4,8) and Peter (v. 11), what do you learn about Jesus? What indicated a voluntary surrender by Jesus? How does Peter show he still doesn’t grasp what is going on? What reason does Jesus give for his command to Peter?
- What is the cup which Jesus must drink (v. 11)? Reference Ps 75:8; Eze 23:31-34) and Isa 51:17,22; Jer 25:15; Rev 14:10; 16:19. Given his pacifism, why is Jesus bound (v. 12)? Who’s afraid of whom here? Why?
Step 4: Connect – Apply the Passage:
- Have you ever tried to obey Jesus, only to be overzealous and ending up hurting someone? What happened?
- How does Jesus’ decision to drink the cup (v. 11) help you in your obedience to God?
- What issue of obedience is challenging you?
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Step 5: Reflect: I have not lost one of those you gave me.