The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
In the opening of John chapter 18 Jesus is betrayed by Judas, arrested, and taken away. We notice, if we look, that the soldiers looking for Jesus did not know who to seek out. This is not surprising. In the dark, by torchlight and not much more, it is difficult to identify a person. Judas, however, who knows the camp area and knows the habits of Jesus and the disciples, can find Jesus.
Once Jesus is approached by the soldiers, notice how he tries repeatedly to steer the soldiers away from the disciples and to himself. God does not want any of his followers to be lost. Jesus, God the Son, seeks to interfere with any harm that could come to his people.
Even those who arrested Jesus receive his care. See how he brings healing to the man who is injured by Peter’s attempt to guard Jesus. This is indicative of his care for us. While we were still sinners Jesus, who had no sin, became sin for us and died for us. This is the love of God in Christ.
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