It’s Jesus’ last night on earth. Yesterday, we discussed how he prayed for his Father’s will to be done. Here’s what happened next, according to multiple eyewitnesses:
While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. He knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, including a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests, the Pharisees and the elders of the people. Judas had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend. Are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Knowing all that was going to happen to him, Jesus went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
“I am he,” Jesus said. When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.
Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” Then Simon Peter, drew his sword and struck the high priest’s servant, Malchus, cutting off his right ear.
Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! No more of this! For all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me? Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat with you in the temple courts teaching, and you did not lay a hand on me or arrest me. But this is your hour — when darkness reigns. This has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.”
Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials bound and arrested Jesus. Then everyone deserted him and fled. A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.
(Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-12)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
The Son sent to carry out the Father’s plan to save his people in fulfillment of the Scriptures.
2. What exactly should we do?
Don’t be like the disciples in this scene. Ask the Spirit to help you (1) always do the Father’s will and (2) never betray Jesus, desert him or try to take matters into your own hands.
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