John 18:1-27

“Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples” (v2).  The Kidron Valley garden was a place of fellowship and prayer for Jesus and his followers; now, Judas betrayed the Messiah there.  In his last hours, Jesus faced the pain of a friend handing him over to murderers, another denied their friendship (v17), and he was beaten like a criminal (v22).  We would have reacted in anger and defended ourselves (v11), but Jesus gave himself up.

“Whom do you seek?” (v4).  Jesus loved us so much that he refused to defend himself, protect himself, or fight for his rights.  Our Lord embraced humiliation and death so that we can live.