They seized Jesus (Jn 18:12-18:12)


The soldiers,

Their officers,

And the Jewish police

Arrested Jesus.

They bound him.”

Ἡ οὖν σπεῖρα καὶ ὁ χιλίαρχος καὶ οἱ ὑπηρέται τῶν Ἰουδαίων συνέλαβον τὸν Ἰησοῦν καὶ ἔδησαν αὐτὸν,

John indicated that the soldiers or the cohort (Ἡ οὖν σπεῖρα) and their officers or commanders (καὶ ὁ χιλίαρχος) with the Jewish Temple police, attendants, or servants (καὶ οἱ ὑπηρέται τῶν Ἰουδαίων) took hold or arrested (συνέλαβον) Jesus (τὸν Ἰησοῦν).  They bound him up or tied him up (καὶ ἔδησαν αὐτὸν).  John was very specific about these various groups that came to capture Jesus, as a mixture of Roman soldiers and commanders with the Jewish Temple police.  Matthew, chapter 26:50, said that Jesus called Judas “Friend!” (ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ Ἑταῖρε) sarcastically.  Jesus wanted to know what Judas was there to do (ἐφ’ ὃ πάρει).  What did he want?  The answer came quickly, as others came forward and put their hands upon or grabbed Jesus (τότε προσελθόντες ἐπέβαλον τὰς χεῖρας ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰησοῦν).  They seized or arrested him (καὶ ἐκράτησαν αὐτόν).  There were no distinctions among this group of people.  Mark, chapter 14:46, said that there was no conversation, since Jesus did not respond to Judas at all.  They just put their hands upon him or grabbed Jesus (οἱ δὲ ἐπέβαλαν τὰς χεῖρας αὐτῷ).  Then they seized or arrested Jesus (καὶ ἐκράτησαν αὐτόν), without explaining who they were.  Luke chapter 22:54, said that they simply seized Jesus (Συλλαβόντες).  What is clear is that Jewish authorities with some Roman help and Judas were able to seize or arrest Jesus, or take him into custody.  Have you ever seen anybody get arrested?

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