Betrayal and Arrest in Gethsemane

When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered. 2 And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. 3 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?”

5 They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. 6 Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

7 Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?”

And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

8 Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,” 9 that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.”

10 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.

11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?” — John 18:1-11.

Jesus crosses the brook Kidron with His disciples, and enters the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas arrives at the Garden with troops, officers and religious leaders to take Jesus. In answer to His question ‘Whom are you seeking?’ they state they are seeking Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus replies, ‘I am He’ to the arresting party which includes Judas.

At this, they move back and fall to the ground. Jesus asks them again whom they seek, and they tell Him again that they seek Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus tells them that if they are seeking Him, His disciples should be free to leave.

At this point, Peter uses a sword to strike the right ear of Malchus, the servant of the high priest. Jesus tells him to sheathe his sword, because this experience is in the cup that His Father has given Him to drink. (We know from Luke 22:51 that Jesus healed Malchus’ ear.)

Jesus then surrenders Himself with dignity, grace and authority.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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