Judas’ arrival to betray Jesus

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Traitor

As Jesus was speaking, Judas arrived (v. 43). Notice here, as well as in verse 10 and 20 the phrase “one of the twelve.” Here the traitors’ act is being carried out. John’s gospel tells us that Satan put it into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus (John 13:12). It was a custom to greet a Rabbi with a kiss. This was to show respect and affection for a well loved teacher. Here it is a dreadful thing, however because the word Judas used when he said “whom I shall kiss, that is he” he used the word for respect (vv. 44-45). When it is said he came forward and kissed Jesus the word was that of a lover’s kiss. This hypocrisy may have tried to show the idea to Jesus that Judas’ heart was hurting because of what is to happen to him. In Judas’ address of “master” there lies a hint as to how his mind must have been working and that he had really trying to deceive Jesus up to now.

According to John 18:4-9 Jesus delivers himself into the hands of his captors which shows that the betrayal and signal of Judas had no worth. This arresting mob came from the chief priests, the scribes and the elders. Even under Roman jurisdiction the Sanhedrin had certain police rights and duties in Jerusalem and had its own police force. Mark manages to convey the whipped-up excitement of those who came to make the arrest (vv. 46-47). Jesus points Himself out to them and here the mob had come armed with short swords and clubs as if for a battle. Jesus just stepped forward and said “take me” (vv. 48-49). “What the Scriptures say must come true.” At this point all of the disciples ran off and left him (v. 50). One young man even left his linen cloth and ran away naked (vv. 51-52).

Application

Where do I stand? When the name of Jesus Christ is up for grabs, where do I stand?  When the battle for morality and decency is on, am I ready to speak up for Him? If I don’t stand for Him, in essence I will become a traitor.

Mark 14:43-52 (English Standard Version)

And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard." And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, "Rabbi!" And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. And Jesus said to them, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled." And they all left him and fled. And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

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