Scripture: Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11; John 18:12-24

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Jesus Is Betrayed And Arrested

Matthew 26:47-56 (KJV) 47 And while Jesus yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.  48 Now he that betrayed Him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is He: hold Him fast.  49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed Him.  50 And Jesus said unto him, friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.  51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.  52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.  53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?  54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?  55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take Me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on Me.  56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook Him, and fled.

Mark 14:43-52 (KJV) 43 And immediately, while Jesus yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.  44 And he that betrayed Him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is He; take Him, and lead Him away safely.  45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to Him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed Him.  46 And they laid their hands on Him, and took Him.  47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.  48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take Me?  49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took Me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.  50 And they all forsook Him, and fled.  51 And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: 52 And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.

Luke 22:47-53 (KJV) 47 And while Jesus yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss Him.  48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?  49 When they which were about Him saw what would follow, they said unto Him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?  50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.  51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And He touched his ear, and healed him.  52 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to Him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?  53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against Me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

John 18:1-11 (KJV) When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples.  And Judas also, which betrayed Him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with His disciples.  Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.  Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon Him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?  They answered Him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am He. And Judas also, which betrayed Him, stood with them.  As soon then as He had said unto them, I am He, they went backward, and fell to the ground.  Then asked He them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.  Jesus answered, I have told you that I am He: if therefore ye seek Me, let these go their way: That the saying might be fulfilled, which He spake, Of them which Thou gavest Me have I lost none. 10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.  11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?

Questions:

1. While Jesus was speaking who showed up with Judas (Matthew 26:47; Mark 14:43; Luke 22:47a; John 18:3)?

2. What was Judas’ signal to identify Jesus (Matthew 26:48-49; Mark 14:44-45; Luke 22:47b)?

3. What happened to Jesus after Judas identified Him with a kiss (Matthew 26:50; Mark 14:46)?

4. What happened immediately after Jesus identified Himself as the one Judas and the multitude were seeking (John 18:6)?

5. What request did Jesus make of those who came to arrest Him (John 18:8)?

6. Why did Jesus make this request (John 18:9)?

7. What did one of the disciples [Simon Peter] do (Matthew 26:51; Mark 14:47; Luke 22:50; John 18:10)?

8. What was Jesus’ response (Matthew 26:52; John 18:11)?

9. What did Jesus do to the servant’s ear (Luke 22:51)

10. What did Jesus say His Father could do (Matthew 26:53)?

11. What was Jesus’ reason for not asking for the angels to be sent (Matthew 26:54)?

12. What did the disciples do (Matthew 26:56; Mark 14:50)?

Answers:

1. A great multitude sent from the chief priests and elders of the people showed up with swords and staves.

2. Judas betrayed Jesus by kissing Him.

3. Jesus was arrested.

4. Those seeking Jesus went backward and fell to the ground.

5. Jesus asked them to allow His followers to leave.

6. Jesus asked that His followers be allowed to leave to fulfill the saying, “Of them which Thou gavest Me have I lost none.”

7. One of the disciples drew his sword and cut off the ear of a servant of the high priest.

8. Jesus said, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword” and “the cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?”

9. Jesus restored (healed) the servant’s ear.

10. Jesus said, “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels?”

11. Jesus said, “But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?”

12. The disciples forsook Jesus and fled.

Anna Questions Jesus

John 18:12-24 (KJV) 12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound Him, 13 And led Him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.  14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.  15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.  16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.  17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? He saith, I am not.  18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.  19 The high priest then asked Jesus of His disciples, and of His doctrine.  20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.  21 Why askest thou Me? ask them which heard Me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.  22 And when He had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?  23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou Me?  24 Now Annas had sent Him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.

Questions:

1. What was done to Jesus (John 18:12)?

2. To whom was Jesus first taken (John 18:13)?

3. What had been Caiaphas’ counsel to the Jews (John 18:14)?

4. Who followed Jesus (John 18:15)?

5. By whom was the second disciple known (John 18:16)?

6. What did Peter answer when the one at the door asked wasn’t he one of Jesus’ disciples (John 18:17)?

7. About what did the high priest ask Jesus (John 18:19)?

8. What was Jesus’ response to the high priest (John 18:20-21)?

9. What did one of the officers do (John 18:22)?

10. How did Jesus respond (John 18:23)?

11. Where was Jesus sent (John 18:24)?

Answers:

1. Jesus was bound.

2. Jesus was led away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law to Caiaphas who was the high priest that year.

3. Caiaphas had advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

4. Simon Peter and another disciple (possibly John) followed Jesus.

5. The second disciple was known by the high priest so the one at the door let both him and Peter in.

6. When asked Peter answered he was not (one of Jesus’ disciples).

7. Jesus was asked about His disciples and His doctrine.

8. Jesus said, “I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.  Why askest thou Me? ask them which heard Me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.”

9. One of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand because of how Jesus had answered.

10. Jesus answered the officer, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou Me?” 

11. Annas sent Jesus bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.

HEAR the WORD

Luke 22:53 (KJV) “When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against Me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  What do you believe “this is your hour and the power of darkness” mean? My thoughts: I believe “this is your hour” was the time for those who were against Jesus to act in cooperation with satan, “the power of darkness.” My Bible notes: The religious leaders had not arrested Jesus in the temple for fear of a riot.  Instead, they came secretly at night, under the influence of the prince of darkness, satan himself.  Although it looked as if satan was getting the upper hand, everything was proceeding according to God’s plan. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

John 18:11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away!  Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Are there life situations that you would rather not go through?  Though our path is sometimes difficult perhaps God has a plan different than we want.  Perhaps He isn’t going to remove the obstacles but He’s going to walk with us through them.  

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Be prepared to help others discern what God’s plan is for them too.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray for Your help in discerning the path You have for each of us to travel (Matthew 26:53-54). Lord, I pray we will faithfully follow You (Mark 14:49-50).  Lord, I pray we will stand firm against the power of darkness (Luke 22:53).  Lord, thank You for keeping us safe (John 18:9).  Lord, I pray we will indeed drink the cup, finish the life, that You’ve given to us (John 18:11).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I faithfully do what God has given us to do.” <>< Dona