Summary: We need Jesus Christ! 1. No one knows like Jesus knows (vs. 1-4). 2. No one can do what Jesus can do (vs. 4-6). 3. No one cares like Jesus cares (vs. 7-11).

We Need Jesus!

The Gospel of John

John 18:1-11

Sermon by Rick Crandall

Grayson Baptist Church

March 27, 2013 and April 25, 2018

(Revised May 16, 2020)

*Have you ever seen a brand-new baby walk out of the hospital by itself? Of course not, and you never will. Every baby needs the help, care and protection of its family. And even if you were the biggest, strongest, richest, smartest person in Louisiana, you would still need someone bigger to take care of you.

*You may have never thought about it, but none of us could make it for a moment without the watch-care of Almighty God. We need Jesus Christ, and this Scripture helps us see why.


*Here Jesus was on the night before the cross. He gave essential words of instruction and comfort to His disciples. Then Lord prayed to His Father for His disciples and everyone else who would receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

*After that, the Lord and His disciples headed over the Brook Kidron to the Garden of Gethsemane, but vs. 2-4 tell us that:

2. Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples.

3. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.

4. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, "Whom are you seeking?''

*Verse 4 tells us something amazing that we must not miss: Jesus knew "all things that would come upon Him." There were no surprises. Jesus could see down the road of His life. And though He was about to take the sins of the whole world on His shoulders, Jesus could take it, so He didn't run away. Jesus went forward, straight into the jaws of danger and death. And He did it for us!

*I think it's good for us that we can't see all things. I don't think we could take it. But Jesus can see down the road of our lives, and He will help us along. He knows all things! How awesome and mighty He is!

*In Matthew 10:30, Jesus tells us that God even knows the exact number of hairs on our heads. Alma Guinness thought about this great truth and wrote: "Scientists know the average number of hairs on the human scalp is between 100,000 and 150,000. (Of course, that's the average.) Each hair lives about 3 to 5 years and grows around one-half inch per month. On a daily basis, the average person loses 50 to 100 hairs.

*Almost 8 billion people live on earth, each having an average of 100,000 hairs, and everyone losing 50 to 100 of them a day. Yet, God always knows the exact number of hairs that are on your scalp. (1)

*What a great testimony of God's all-knowing love! He always has His mind on you. By the way: God also knows every beat of your heart, every thought in your mind, every frustration you've faced, every pain you've felt, and every tear you've cried.

*Jesus knows us much better than we know ourselves. And we all need the Lord because no one else knows like Jesus knows.


*Our Lord has unlimited power! And we see just a little sample of His power in vs. 4-6:

4. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, "Whom are you seeking?''

5. They answered Him, "Jesus of Nazareth.'' Jesus said to them, "I am He.'' And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them.

6. Then when He said to them, "I am He,'' they drew back and fell to the ground.

*With just a word, Jesus miraculously sent them sprawling to the ground. This was a most amazing thing, especially when we understand the crowd in the Garden that night.

*William Barclay explained: "There is something astonishing about the force that came out to arrest Jesus. In vs. 3, John tells us that there were soldiers along with officers from the chief priests and Pharisees. The officers were from two branches of the Jewish police force. But a 'band of men' or 'detachment of troops' was also there. In the original language that meant a force of at least 200 men, and usually up to 1,000 soldiers.

*That's who came to arrest Jesus! And what a testimony to the power of Jesus! When the authorities decided to arrest him, they sent a small army to do it." But with a word, Jesus laid them all flat on the ground. He is a mighty, mighty God! (2)

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