preaching study: john 18:1-11, pt 1

In “preaching study” posts, I’m really interested in fostering a “community” approach to study and prep for the sermon, so please interact as much as you like. All Scripture quotes are from the TNIV unless otherwise noted. Thanks!

The text for this week’s Palm/Passion Sunday is John 18:1-11; the title is, “Shall I not drink the cup?”

Usually I like to dig into a passage of scripture from literary, historical, cultural, and canonical perspectives in order to listen carefully to what is being said. There are opportunities for that here, of course. Plenty of historical and geographical background information to be found to enhance my hearing of the passage, the curious part about the soldiers falling down at Jesus’ speech, Jesus’ invoking the divine name (“I AM”) in his response to their questioning, and the equally curious repetition of that sequence. So, there’s plenty to dig into here.

But I find myself simply pausing for contemplation more than analyzation at two verses:

v11: “Jesus commanded Peter, ‘Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?'” I think the whole sermon is in this sentence really. Obviously the title is connected to it, but I just keep ruminating on these words.

v14: “Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.” Always strikes me as the depth of irony.

I’ll try for more later.

Published by Guy M Williams

Christian | Husband, Father | Pastor | 8th-Gen Texan | Texas A&M ‘96 | Asbury Seminary ‘01 | Enjoy family, reading, running, golf, college football

One thought on “preaching study: john 18:1-11, pt 1

  1. Verse 11 of this reading is one of those versus that both inspires me and frustrates me.

    I am inspired because Jesus was willing to “drink the cup,” which he knew meant death. I am inspired to likewise follow the path that God has for me, knowing that if I am aligned with God, whatever happens in this world is fine because He has promised me a better home.

    I am frustrated because I do not have the knowledge of the “cup” as Jesus does, that is, I do not know the path that God has for me. I realize that Jesus had a certain “insider’s knowledge” of what was planned for him. But sometimes I would like to have a little more information for myself, too.

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