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In the footsteps of Jesus

In this cell-space the focus is on the life and times of Jesus. Here we follow Jesus through St John's gospel, as he is arrested, questioned, maltreated and sent to his death. A number of passages are offered for you to consider, with some questions for reflection as we try to follow Jesus' footsteps and imagine his own experiences.

Bishop Brian

John 18. 1-14

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, 'For whom are you looking?' They answered, 'Jesus of Nazareth.' Jesus replied, 'I am he.' Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, 'I am he', they stepped back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, 'For whom are you looking?' And they said, 'Jesus of Nazareth.' Jesus answered, 'I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go.' This was to fulfil the word that he had spoken, 'I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.' Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, 'Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?'

So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people

Questions

  • How do you think Jesus felt when he was arrested?
  • Why do you think Judas acted as he did?
  • What would have it have been like to have been a disciple at the scene?
Continue: The High Priest Questions Jesus
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Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

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Holding Cell

  • Welcome and warning
  • Guantanamo Bay

Solidarity through Scripture

  • Psalm 107, 142
  • Isaiah 42
  • Matthew 25
  • Acts 5,12,16
  • Hebrews 13

Art

  • Images of imprisonment
  • Game – free the prisoner

Detention

  • Gift giving/Baggage
  • Dumping
  • Confession

Trial

Voices from and about imprisonment

Hope in time of darkness

  • Prayers
  • For those in prison, justice authorities, hostages, condemned

Resources

  • Websites for research
  • Amnesty

House arrest

  • Diary/blog
  • Review journal entries

Conviction

  • Excerpt from Unreconciled?
  • News article about Liu Xiaobo

Finding a way to Freedom

Music - Songs, Hymns, Classical music

DVD

Films, books, CDs

Parole

  • Footsteps of Jesus
  • Passion of Jesus in John's gospel

Condemned cell

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Fr Maximilian Kolbe

Room 101

Reflections
  • Woza
  • Fr Kolbe
  • Brian Keenan
  • Andy McNab

Rations

Porridge

Release

Empty your rucksack, and fill it with what? Will you be able to leave?
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