As I first read John 18:1-18 this morning, what stood out to me was the betrayal of Judas, Simon Peter’s reaction with his sword and his denial of Christ. But let’s not miss the amazing grace of Christ. Jesus knew all that would happen as He entered the garden but He allowed the chain of events to take place as were determined. He knew the knife of betrayal would come yet He admitted He was the one they sought. He stood in front of the one who would betray Him and the gathering army of officials and His plea? “Let the others go.” And go they did. Grace. He knew the sword would cause injury to Malchus. Luke 22:51 tells us that Jesus healed Malchus’ ear. That’s grace. Then there’s the account of Peter’s denial….three times if you and I read just a bit further. But Peter got amazing grace later on (John 21:17).
It is easy to read right past the examples of Jesus’ amazing grace and see only the drama of the garden as recorded in the Word. Let’s not miss the grace extended. You and I are in desperate need of grace each day. These examples of grace are an encouragement to us because His grace is so readily available when we leave, react, and deny.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Acting Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.