After Jesus finished this prayer; he left with his disciples and went across the
Kidron Valley to a place where there was a garden. Judas, the traitor, knew
where this place was, for Jesus had gone there often with his disciples. The “Separated Ones” and the leading priests had given Judas a large detachment of Roman soldiers and temple police to seize Jesus. Judas guided them to the
garden, all of them carrying torches and lanterns and armed with swords and
spears. Jesus, knowing full well what was about to happen, went out to the
garden entrance to meet them. Stepping forward, he asked, “Who are you
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. (Now Judas, the traitor, was among them.)
He replied, “I Am he.”
And the moment Jesus spoke the words, “I Am he.” the mob fell backward
to the ground!
So once more, Jesus asked them, “Who are you looking for?”As they stood up, they answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus replied, “I told you that I Am the one you’re looking for, so if you
want me, let these men go home.”
He said this to fulfill the prophecy he had spoken, “Father, not one of
those you have given me has been lost.”
Suddenly, Peter took out his sword and struck the high priest’s servant,
slashing off his right ear! The servant’s name was Malchus.
Jesus ordered Peter, “Put your sword away! Do you really think I will
avoid the suffering which my Father has assigned to me?”
Then the soldiers and their captain, along with the Jewish officers, seized
Jesus and tied him up. They took him first to Annas, as he was the father-in-law
of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had
persuaded the Jewish leaders that it would be better off to have one person die
for the sake of the people.
Peter and another disciple followed along behind them as they took Jesus
into the courtyard of Annas’ palace. Since the other disciple was well known to
the high priest, he entered in, but Peter was left standing outside by the gate.Then the other disciple came back out to the servant girl who was guarding the gate and convinced her to allow Peter inside. As he passed inside, the young servant girl guarding the gate took a look at Peter and said to him, “Aren’t you one of his disciples?”
He denied it, saying, “No! I’m not!”
Now because it was cold, the soldiers and guards made a charcoal fire
and were standing around it to keep warm. So Peter, who was also called the
Rock, huddled there with them around the fire.
The high priest interrogated Jesus concerning his disciples and his teachings.
Jesus answered Annas’ questions by saying, “I have said nothing in
secret. At all times I have taught openly and publicly in a synagogue, in the
temple courts, and wherever the people assemble. Why would you ask me
for evidence to condemn me? Ask those who have heard what I’ve taught.
They can tell you.”
Just then one of the guards standing near Jesus punched him in the face
with his fist and said, “How dare you answer the high priest like that!”
Jesus replied, “If my words are evil, then prove it. But if I haven’t broken
any laws, then why would you hit me?”
Then Annas sent Jesus, still tied up, across the way to the high priest
Meanwhile, Peter was still standing in the courtyard by the fire. And one of the
guards standing there said to him, “Aren’t you one of his disciples? I know you are!” Peter swore and said, “I am not his disciple!” But one of the servants of the high priest, a relative to the man whose ear Peter had cut off, looked at him and said, “Wait! Didn’t I see you out there in the garden with Jesus?” Then Peter the Rock denied it the third time and said, “No!”—and at that very same moment, a rooster crowed nearby.