Other Accounts of What You Read in John 18
Understanding the Scriptures
|Resorted, resort (vv. 2, 20)||Met, meet|
|Expedient (v. 14)||Necessary|
|Kinsman (v. 26)||Relative|
|Cock (v. 27)||Rooster|
|Malefactor (v. 30)||Criminal|
John 18:2–13—Judas Leads a Band of Armed Men to Capture Jesus
While the other writers of the Gospels indicated that a “multitude” followed Judas to Gethsemane to capture Jesus, only John recorded that it was “a band of men.” Elder Bruce R. McConkie suggested that “a band consisted of some six hundred Roman soldiers with a tribune at their head. The Roman overlords were taking no chance on an uproar during the week of the Passover” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:781).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study John 18.
Write a Newspaper Report
Read John 18:1–13 as if you were a reporter for a local newspaper. Write a news article using the following questions as a guideline:
What headline would you use to catch the eye of readers?
In what way was the Savior in control of the situation?
What do you want your readers to know about this event?