There is so much that could be written about the life and work of Christ. Toward the end of John's Gospel, he says that there was so much to be told that there aren't enough books in the world to contain it all! That gives us some perspective on the content of the Gospels and the intent of the Gospel writers. They weren't trying to write historical fiction or history books. They were writing to tell their contemporaries and all of us who would follow about Christ, about the most significant parts of his life and teaching. Since that is true, its curious that John's book has 21 chapters and almost half of them focus on the last full day of his life and then the crucifixion and resurrection. With so much to say, why does John devote half of his space to these days and their events? Its for us to stand secure in our faith and to know that we can live fully submitted to the loving plans of our Father.
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18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6 When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” 9 This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?” (ESV)