Jesus’ Betrayal by Judas

William Tyndale first translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into English, making a Bible for the common people. In 1535, he was betrayed by a friend, taken prisoner to the castle of  Vilford, and was unable to finish his work because he was sentenced to die a heretic’s … More

Betrayal
After Jesus had finished His prayer, He takes His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane (v. 1). This is located on the western slope of the Mount of Olives and across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem.  In a garden, the first Adam brought sin and death to mankind; but Jesus, the last Adam brought righteousness and life to all who will trust Him as He was obedient and went into the Garden of Gethsemane. He had taken His disciples there many times before to get away from the crowds. Soon Judas came with a large crowd (some have estimated six hundred soldiers) to arrest Jesus (vv. 2-3). Because Jesus was completely aware of Judas’ plan, He went out to meet them (vv. 4-6). It was at this point that Judas, in his act of betrayal, kissed the Lord (Matthew 26:49). The crowd was caught off guard by this unusual behavior of Jesus as He calmly faced them, identified Himself, and made no effort to escape. In this moment of personal crisis, He requested that they let the disciples go free (vv. 7-9). This  showed that His concern was  not for Himself but for His followers.

Peter, wanting to show his devotion to Christ, quickly drew out a sword and started to fight.  Jesus did not need Peter’s protection. He could have summoned legions of angels if it had been His desire to be delivered. Peter proceeded to cut off the ear of one of the servants (vv. 10-11). No doubt, he  aimed for the head and got the ear. Peter should have known that Jesus would be arrested and that He would willingly surrender to His enemies (Matthew 16:21). Peter’s loyalty was touching, but it missed God’s plan. It is still true today that zeal without knowledge often leads men astray (Romans 10:2).  Jesus rebukes Peter. Jesus deliberately gives Himself over to His enemies. They bind Him and lead Him to the house of Annas (father-in-law of Caiaphas) for a sort of preliminary exam before going before Caiaphas, the high priest (vv. 12-14). The “trial” before Annas was both illegal and it was brutal. Jesus knew his rights, but He did not insist on them.

Application

It is so easy to misunderstand God’s plan in my life. The results of this misunderstanding can have tragic consequences. I need to constantly be on guard against misunderstanding God’s plan. I want to understand His plan for my life on a daily basis and not try to take things into my own hands.

John 18:1-14 (English Standard Version)

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, 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?" So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.

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