1.We must lay aside, and leave behind, the crowds, and cares, and comforts, of cities, even holy cities, if we would cheerfully take up our cross, and keep up our communion with God therein
2.Jesus Christ, being now made sin for us, that he might abolish it and take it away, began his passion by the same brook. Mount Olivet, where Jesus Christ began his sufferings, lay on the east side of Jerusalem; mount Calvary, where he finished them, on the west; for in them he had an eye to such as should come from the east and the west.
3.When Jesus Christ said, Let these go their way, he intended, to manifest his affectionate concern for his disciples. When he exposed himself, he excused them, because they were not as yet fit to suffer; their faith was weak, and their spirits were low, and it would have been as much as their souls, and the lives of their souls, were worth, to bring them into sufferings now.
4.Jesus Christ’s soldiers must wait the word of command, and not outrun it; before they expose themselves to sufferings, they must see to it, not only that their cause be good, but their call clear. He transgressed the duty of his place, and resisted the powers that were, which Jesus Christ had never countenanced, but forbidden: that you resist not evil.
5.They bound him with such cruelty that the blood started out at his fingers’ ends; and, having bound his hands behind him, they clapped an iron chain about his neck, and with that dragged him along.’’ See Gerhard. Harm. cap. 5.
6.Dr. Lightfoot thinks Annas was not present, because he had to attend early that morning in the temple, to examine the sacrifices which were that day to be offered, whether they were without blemish; if so, there was a significancy in it, that Jesus Christ, the great sacrifice, was presented to him, and sent away bound, as approved and ready for the altar. This Annas was father-in-law to Caiaphas the high priest; this kindred by marriage between them comes in as a reason either why Caiaphas ordered that this piece of respect should be done to Annas, to favor him with the first sight of the prisoner
7.He asked him who were his disciples, what number they were, of what country, what were their names and characters, insinuating that his scholars were designed for soldiers, and would in time become a formidable body. Some think his question concerning his disciples was, "What is now become of them all? Where are they? Why do they not appear?’’ upbraiding him with their cowardice in deserting him, and thus adding to the affliction of it.
8.As to the persons he preached to: He spoke to the world, to all that had ears to hear, and were willing to hear him, high or low, learned or unlearned, Jew or Gentile, friend or foe.
9.The doctrine of Jesus Christ may safely appeal to all that know it, and has so much right and reason on its side that those who will judge impartially cannot but witness to it.
10.We have an account of Jesus Christ’s arraignment before Pilate, the Roman governor, in the praetorium (a Latin word made Greek), the praetor’s house, or hall of judgment; thither they hurried him, to get him condemned in the Roman court, and executed by the Roman power.
11.We are to presume a man innocent till he is proved guilty, but they will presume him guilty who could prove himself innocent. They cannot say, "He is a traitor, a murderer, a felon, a breaker of the peace,’’ but they say, "He is an evil-doer.’’ He an evil-doer who went about doing good! Let those be called whom he had cured, and fed, and taught; whom he has rescued from devils, and raised from death; and let them be asked whether he be an evil-doer or not.
12."Art thou the king of the Jews? ho basileus —that king of the Jews who has been so much talked of and so long expected—Messiah the prince, art thou he? Dost thou pretend to be he? Dost thou call thyself, and wouldest thou be thought so?’’ For he was far from imagining that really he was so, or making a question of that.