7735 - Arrest

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Today we look at the record of the arrest of Jesus, as it is recorded in Luke 22:47-53. Listen:

While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"

When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?" And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" 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 with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour --when darkness reigns."

Judas appeared on the scene there on the side of the Mount of Olives where Jesus and his disciples often overnighted.

Judas approached Jesus to give him a kiss. This had been a prearranged sign by which Jesus was to be identified by Judas for the crowd.

Then the temple guards stepped forward and placed Jesus under arrest.

Meanwhile, Peter was doing his thing by drawing his sword and cutting off the right ear of Malchus, the servant of the high priest.

We again see the loving nature of Jesus as he touched the man’s ear, stopped the blood, and healed him. Just think, at a time when he is being falsely accused and arrested, Jesus had compassion on one of those so-called enemies. The human mind has great difficulty in comprehending such a compassionate act, but that’s the nature of God.

Jesus addressed his followers by saying, “No more of this!”

The writings of John share with us that Jesus also asked his disciples, “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me? (Jn. 18:11)

Earlier in this week Jesus had said (Jn. 12:27-28): “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”

Even as his arrest was taking place, Matthew tells us (26:53), Jesus said: “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels (that’s 72,000 angels)? But how then would the Scripture be fulfilled that says it must happen in this way?”

Horrible is the thought of what mankind would have suffered had Jesus called for those angels and turned against being crucified; thus, mankind would not have any way available to be reconciled with holy God.

Jesus did make his point with the temple guards by reasoning with them about their deceit in a mid night arrest, when every day I sat and taught in the temple courts and you did not have the courage to lay a hand on me then.

Finally Jesus sets the scene: “But this is your hour — when darkness reigns.”

In summary consider this truth. Jesus was totally committed to accomplish his Father’s will. We know that these events were not victory for the forces of darkness. This plan of action was instituted before Adam was created. This was the fulfillment of the plan of God. Peter (1:20) tells us that Jesus was chosen before the creation of the world for this task, but he was revealed in the last times for our sake. For, ‘just at the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly (Rom. 5:6).”

Have you ever considered that Jesus paid the penalty for the sins of these soldiers who arrested him? And also for those who nailed him to the cross? “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only ours but also for the sins of the whole world .(1 Jn. 2:2).”

There has never been a person on earth who was not extended the privilege of, by faith, asking for and receiving forgiveness and reconciliation; and then enjoying eternal life with Jesus. With broken hearts over his suffering, we praise him with gratitude for his unspeakable gift!