On this Good Friday, our focus is upon the day that mankind murdered its Maker. As we turn to John 18, we begin to look at the most complete and reliable record of the Good Friday events. As we read the following verses, analyze with me just WHO it was that they crucified! First we see:
The One Crucified Had a
Name Above All Names
As you turn to each passage and follow along as I read, look for the answer to these questions.
Question One: Who can make an entire army fall flat on their faces by just speaking His Name outloud? Only Someone with: a Name above all names.
In John 18:1-11 a key to understand what happened in Gethsemane is in the Greek word speira: translated “detachment, band, cohort” in our Bibles.
Technically this term refers to what was 1/10 of a Roman Legion of 6,000, or 600 soldiers. It could also refer to an auxiliary that had 760 foot-soldiers if they were joined with 240 mounted soldiers; but as a minimum, it would refer to at least 200 soldiers or guards that were armed with weapons (Matthew & Mark adds: “swords and clubs” ) and having oil lamps and torches.
So through the darkness as Jesus is on His face, sweating blood, crying out as prayed, this crowd of hundreds comes walking and searching in the darkness, as if looking for an armed criminal. That is the setting of Gethsemane’s arrest scene here in John 18.
Now as I read these words we are asking this question: Who can make an entire army fall flat on their faces by just speaking His Name out loud?