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耶稣被捕

1耶稣祷告完毕,就带着门徒渡过汲沦溪,进了那里的一个园子。 因为耶稣时常带着门徒到那里聚会,所以出卖耶稣的犹大也知道那地方。 这时,犹大带着一队士兵以及祭司长和法利赛人的差役,拿着灯笼、火把和兵器来了。 耶稣早就知道将要发生在自己身上的一切事,于是出来问他们:“你们找谁?”

他们回答说:“拿撒勒人耶稣!”

耶稣说:“我就是。”那时出卖耶稣的犹大也站在他们当中。

他们听到耶稣说“我就是”,便后退跌倒在地上。

耶稣又问:“你们找谁?”

他们说:“拿撒勒人耶稣。”

耶稣说:“我已经告诉你们我就是。你们既然找我,就让这些人走吧。” 这是要应验祂以前说的:“你赐给我的人一个也没有失掉。”

10 这时,西门·彼得带着一把刀,他拔刀向大祭司的奴仆马勒古砍去,削掉了他的右耳。

11 耶稣对彼得说:“收刀入鞘吧!我父赐给我的杯,我怎能不喝呢?”

12 千夫长带着士兵和犹太人的差役上前把耶稣捆绑起来,带了回去。 13 他们押着耶稣去见亚那,就是那一年的大祭司该亚法的岳父。 14 这个该亚法以前曾对犹太人建议说:“让祂一个人替众人死对你们更好。”

彼得不认主

15 西门·彼得和另一个门徒跟在耶稣后面。由于那门徒和大祭司认识,他就跟着耶稣来到大祭司的院子。 16 彼得留在门外。后来,大祭司所认识的那个门徒出来对看门的女仆说了一声,便把彼得也带了进去。

17 看门的女仆问彼得:“你不也是这个人的门徒吗?”

他说:“我不是。”

18 天气很冷,奴仆和差役生了一堆火,站着烤火取暖,彼得也跟他们站在一起烤火取暖。 19 此时,大祭司正在盘问耶稣有关祂的门徒和祂的教导之事。

20 耶稣说:“我是公开对世人讲的,我常在犹太人聚集的会堂和圣殿教导人,没有在背地里讲过什么。 21 你何必问我呢?问那些听过我讲的人吧,他们知道我讲过什么。”

22 耶稣话才说完,站在旁边的差役就打了祂一耳光,说:“你敢这样回答大祭司!”

23 耶稣说:“如果我说错了,你可以指出我错在哪里。如果我说的对,你为什么打我呢?”

24 亚那把被捆绑起来的耶稣押到大祭司该亚法那里。

25 那时西门·彼得仍然站着烤火,有人问他:“你不也是那人的门徒吗?”

彼得否认说:“我不是!”

26 一个大祭司的奴仆,就是被彼得削掉耳朵的那个人的亲戚说:“我不是看见你和祂一起在园子里吗?” 27 彼得再次否认。就在那时,鸡叫了。

彼拉多审问耶稣

28 黎明的时候,众人从该亚法那里把耶稣押往总督府,他们自己却没有进去,因为怕沾染污秽,不能吃逾越节的晚餐。 29 彼拉多出来问他们:“你们控告这个人什么罪?”

30 他们回答说:“如果祂没有为非作歹,我们也不会把祂送到你这里来。”

31 彼拉多说:“你们把祂带走,按照你们的律法去审理吧。”

犹太人说:“可是我们无权把人处死。” 32 这是要应验耶稣预言自己会怎样死的话。

33 彼拉多回到总督府提审耶稣,问道:“你是犹太人的王吗?”

34 耶稣回答说:“你这样问是你自己的意思还是听别人说的?”

35 彼拉多说:“难道我是犹太人吗?是你们犹太人和祭司长把你送来的。你到底犯了什么罪?”

36 耶稣答道:“我的国不属于这个世界,如果我的国属于这个世界,我的臣仆早就起来争战了,我也不会被交在犹太人的手里。但我的国不属于这个世界。”

37 于是彼拉多对祂说:“那么,你是王吗?”

耶稣说:“你说我是王,我正是为此而生,也为此来到世上为真理做见证,属于真理的人都听从我的话。”

38 彼拉多说:“真理是什么?”说完了,又到外面对犹太人说:“我查不出祂有什么罪。 39 不过按照惯例,在逾越节的时候,我要给你们释放一个人。现在,你们要我释放这个犹太人的王吗?”

40 众人又高喊:“不要这个人!我们要巴拉巴!”巴拉巴是个强盗。

The Message

John 18

Seized in the Garden at Night

1Jesus, having prayed this prayer, left with his disciples and crossed over the brook Kidron at a place where there was a garden. He and his disciples entered it.

2-4 Judas, his betrayer, knew the place because Jesus and his disciples went there often. So Judas led the way to the garden, and the Roman soldiers and police sent by the high priests and Pharisees followed. They arrived there with lanterns and torches and swords. Jesus, knowing by now everything that was coming down on him, went out and met them. He said, “Who are you after?”

They answered, “Jesus the Nazarene.”

5-6 He said, “That’s me.” The soldiers recoiled, totally taken aback. Judas, his betrayer, stood out like a sore thumb.

Jesus asked again, “Who are you after?”

They answered, “Jesus the Nazarene.”

8-9 “I told you,” said Jesus, “that’s me. I’m the one. So if it’s me you’re after, let these others go.” (This validated the words in his prayer, “I didn’t lose one of those you gave.”)

10 Just then Simon Peter, who was carrying a sword, pulled it from its sheath and struck the Chief Priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. Malchus was the servant’s name.

11 Jesus ordered Peter, “Put back your sword. Do you think for a minute I’m not going to drink this cup the Father gave me?”

12-14 Then the Roman soldiers under their commander, joined by the Jewish police, seized Jesus and tied him up. They took him first to Annas, father-in-law of Caiaphas. Caiaphas was the Chief Priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it was to their advantage that one man die for the people.

15-16 Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. That other disciple was known to the Chief Priest, and so he went in with Jesus to the Chief Priest’s courtyard. Peter had to stay outside. Then the other disciple went out, spoke to the doorkeeper, and got Peter in.

17 The young woman who was the doorkeeper said to Peter, “Aren’t you one of this man’s disciples?”

He said, “No, I’m not.”

18 The servants and police had made a fire because of the cold and were huddled there warming themselves. Peter stood with them, trying to get warm.

The Interrogation

19-21 Annas interrogated Jesus regarding his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered, “I’ve spoken openly in public. I’ve taught regularly in meeting places and the Temple, where the Jews all come together. Everything has been out in the open. I’ve said nothing in secret. So why are you treating me like a conspirator? Question those who have been listening to me. They know well what I have said. My teachings have all been aboveboard.”

22 When he said this, one of the policemen standing there slapped Jesus across the face, saying, “How dare you speak to the Chief Priest like that!”

23 Jesus replied, “If I’ve said something wrong, prove it. But if I’ve spoken the plain truth, why this slapping around?”

24 Then Annas sent him, still tied up, to the Chief Priest Caiaphas.

25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was back at the fire, still trying to get warm. The others there said to him, “Aren’t you one of his disciples?”

He denied it, “Not me.”

26 One of the Chief Priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?”

27 Again, Peter denied it. Just then a rooster crowed.

The King of the Jews

28-29 They led Jesus then from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s palace. It was early morning. They themselves didn’t enter the palace because they didn’t want to be disqualified from eating the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and spoke. “What charge do you bring against this man?”

30 They said, “If he hadn’t been doing something evil, do you think we’d be here bothering you?”

31-32 Pilate said, “You take him. Judge him by your law.”

The Jews said, “We’re not allowed to kill anyone.” (This would confirm Jesus’ word indicating the way he would die.)

33 Pilate went back into the palace and called for Jesus. He said, “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?”

34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own, or did others tell you this about me?”

35 Pilate said, “Do I look like a Jew? Your people and your high priests turned you over to me. What did you do?”

36 “My kingdom,” said Jesus, “doesn’t consist of what you see around you. If it did, my followers would fight so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But I’m not that kind of king, not the world’s kind of king.”

37 Then Pilate said, “So, are you a king or not?”

Jesus answered, “You tell me. Because I am King, I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.”

38-39 Pilate said, “What is truth?”

Then he went back out to the Jews and told them, “I find nothing wrong in this man. It’s your custom that I pardon one prisoner at Passover. Do you want me to pardon the ‘King of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “Not this one, but Barabbas!” Barabbas was a Jewish freedom fighter.