The Tombs of the Prophets,
Kidrun Valley, Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

 

Carved column in Jerusalem

 

135. Jesus Betrayed, Arrested, and Forsaken

Now Judas, who betrayed Jesus, knew the place where Jesus and his disciples met. Judas and a band of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees came with lanterns, torches and weapons.

Jesus knew all the things that were going to happen to him.

He went up to Judas and his band of soldiers and said to them:

Who are you looking for?

They answered him:

Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus said to them:

I am he.

When Jesus spoke Judas and the band of soldiers fell backwards on to the ground.

Again Jesus asked:

Who do you seek?

They answered:

Jesus of Nazareth.

When Jesus spoke, they again fell backwards on to the ground.

Again he asked them:

Who are you looking for?

And again they said:

Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus answered:

I told you that I am he, if it is me you are looking  then let my disciples go on their way.

This was so that the word might be fulfilled which he spoke:

Of those you have given me, I have not lost one.

Now the one who betrayed Jesus had given them a token saying:

Whoever I kiss, that is Jesus.

Jesus said to Judas:

Are you going to betray the Son of man with a kiss?

Judas came to Jesus and kissed him.

Jesus said to him:

Friend, do what you have come for.

Then they came and took hold of Jesus, and arrested him. And while they were surrounding Jesus, one of Jesus' disciples said:

Lord shall we strike them with a sword?

Simon took the sword that he had and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

But Jesus answered and said to them:

Do not interfere with those arresting me.

Then Jesus touched the servant’s ear and it was healed. The servant’s name was Malchus.

Then Jesus said to Peter:

Put your sword in its sheath. Those who take the sword will perish by the sword. The cup which the Father has given me, shall I not drink it?

Don’t you realize that I could even now ask the Father and he would send twelve legions of angels? But then how would the scriptures be fulfilled. This is how it must be.

As Jesus was taken to the temple, the multitudes and the chief priests and the captains of the temple all came against Jesus.

Jesus said:

Are you coming against me like you would a robber, with swords and clubs to seize me? When I sat daily with you in the temple teaching, you didn’t stretch out your hands against me or arrest me.

But this is your hour, and the hour for the power of darkness.

This is all happened so that the scriptures and the prophets would be fulfilled.

Then all the disciples left Jesus and fled. One of the friends of Jesus and the disciples, thought to be Mark, followed Jesus with just a linen cloth covering him, and they took hold of him, but he fled naked leaving them holding the linen cloth.

 




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