'Day One' Blog

The Arrest of Jesus, March 21, ’20

(The arrest of Jesus is recounted in all four of the gospels. I highly recommend reading all of them carefully so that you have the fullest picture possible of those moments. There are links for your convenience.)

Meditation for the Soul ~

When Jesus had spoken these words,
He went out with His disciples across the brook Kidron,
where there was a garden,
which He and His disciples entered.
Now Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place,
for Jesus often met there with His disciples.
So Judas, having procured
a band of soldiers and some officers
from the chief priests and the Pharisees,
went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.
Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to Him,
came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”
They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus said to them, “I am He.”
Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.
When Jesus said to them, “I am He,”
they drew back and fell to the ground.
So He asked them again, “Whom do you seek?”
And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He.
So, if you seek me, let these men go.”
This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken:
“Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.”
Then Simon Peter, having a sword,
drew it and struck the high priest’s
servant and cut off his right ear.
(The servant’s name was Malchus.)
So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath;
shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
John 18:1-11
Then Jesus said to the chief priests
and officers of the temple and elders,
who had come out against Him,
“Have you come out as against a robber,
with swords and clubs?
When I was with you day after day in the temple,
you did not lay hands on me.
But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”
Luke 22:52-53
(See also: Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:42-50; Luke 22:47-53)

Reflection for the Mind ~

All four of the gospels give us a look into the moments of Jesus’ arrest. Betrayal, confrontation, violence, healing, abandonment… all played out as the scene unfolded. But Jesus was calm and poised and definitely in charge there in the company of His captors.

Jesus was ready to face His arrest head on. He had prepared Himself through prayer. He stood in the power of the Holy Spirit. He was strengthened through the tending of an angelic being. There would be no more asking for another way, and so when His accusers approached with their substantial reinforcements, Jesus moved toward them and disarmed them immediately, not through force but through His authoritative presence. His declaration, “I am He” sent them backward and to the ground. Jesus was the master of the scene.

This was the accusers “hour, and the power of darkness.” But their limited power was under the watchful eye and controlling hand of God! Every step Jesus took toward the cross, beginning right here with His arrest, was directed by God. This was the carefully constructed plan of God playing out to the smallest detail.

Response for the Heart ~

Dear Lord, there in the garden – in the moments surrounding Your arrest, You were magnificent. Praise You, Jesus, who allowed Yourself to be led, as a lamb to the slaughter, (Isaiah 53:7). You were enacting the plan that You made with the Father from eternity. They were fools who thought they were getting the better of You that evening. Now speak to me, Lord! Here in Your presence, what would you have me see, or feel, or hear as I ponder those moments?
~ Amen

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