After Jesus had told his disciples he would soon leave and return to the Father, and given them parting words of preparation and encouragement (which they would later understand), he went with them to a garden where he had often met with them.
Judas, who was betraying him, brought with him the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees to this familiar place. They were armed with torches, lanterns and weapons.
Jesus, knowing all things coming upon him, asked whom they were seeking. They responded, "Jesus the Nazarene." After replying, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground. Jesus again asked whom they were seeking and asked for the soldiers to allow his disciples "to go their way."
Peter drew his sword and cut off the right ear of the high priest's slave. Jesus said to Peter, "Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?"
The soldiers and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus, bound him and took him to the high priest.
Peter and another disciple, who was known to the high priest, followed Jesus into the court of the high priest. Peter was accused of being a follower of Jesus; he denied knowing him, just as Jesus had said he would.
After Jesus was questioned by the high priest he was taken to the governor, Pilate. Pilate wanted to hand him over to the Jews, but they declined, as they were not permitted to put anyone to death.
Pilate questioned Jesus, asking him if he was the King of the Jews. Jesus told Pilate his kingdom is not of this world, that if it were, his servants would be fighting so he would not be handed over to the Jews.
Pilate again spoke with the Jews, stating he had found no fault in Jesus, and wanted to release him. But the Jews insisted Jesus be crucified, and that the robber, Barabbas, be released.
Jesus willingly followed the Father's plan until the very (horrible) end. He did not shrink back. He approached the soldiers, unarmed, asking for his disciples to not be apprehended. He rebuked Peter, who did not yet understand the King and His Kingdom (which are not of this world), for attempting to use force. Jesus was betrayed, abandoned and ridiculed prior to being tortured and giving up his life.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for willingly carrying out the scandalous plan to bring me, a sinner, to yourself, to God the Father. I so often complain and resist; forgive me. May I follow in-step with you, Jesus. You always obeyed the Father. Thank you for giving me your Holy Spirit. It is ONLY in his power I am able to abide and obey.
Posted on Mon, November 16, 2015
by Brian Landers