J O H N.
Hitherto this evangelist has recorded little of
the history of Christ, only so far as was requisite to introduce
his discourses; but now that the time drew nigh that Jesus must die
he is very particular in relating the circumstances of his
sufferings, and some which the others had omitted, especially his
sayings. So far were his followers from being ashamed of his cross,
or endeavouring to conceal it, that this was what, both by word and
writing, they were most industrious to proclaim, and gloried in it.
This chapter relates, I. How Christ was arrested in the garden and
surrendered himself a prisoner, ver. 1-12. II. How he was abused in the
high priest's court, and how Peter, in the meantime, denied him,
ver. 13-27. III. How he
was prosecuted before Pilate, and examined by him, and put in
election with Barabbas for the favour of the people, and lost it,