After Jesus had told His disciples all the things we covered
in the last two chapter, He and His disciples crossed the Kidron
Valley and entered a garden called Gethsemane.
"I want you to sit here," Jesus told them all, as He Himself
would go a little further into the garden. He took with him,
Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee, namely, James and John. Jesus
became very troubled and sorrowful. He said to the three that
were with Him, "I am very sorrowful, even unto death; I want you
to remain here, and watch with me." He went on alone a little
further, about a stones throw, and fell down on His knees
and with great anguish prayed, "O Father, if it be possible, let
this hour pass from me; nevertheless, let it not be my will, but
your will that is done."
Jesus was feeling weak in the knees, and as we feel when
about to faint. There appeared to Him an angel from heaven, who
was sent to strengthen Him.
And He came back to the three disciples and found them
sleeping. He said to Peter, "Could you not watch with me for just
one hour? Watch and pray that you will not enter into
temptation; the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak."
Jesus went away for the second time, and prayed, "My Father,
if it be possible let this time be taken away, so I don't have to
drink it, but your will be done."
Again, He came to the three disciples and found them
sleeping, for their eyes were too heavy to stay awake, as it was
well into the night of this 14th Passover day.
Jesus was in emotional agony by now, so much so that His
sweat was mingled with blood. As the medical world, this is quite
possible, you can be so intense that your blood vessels break
beneath your skin and blood does indeed mingle with your sweat.
Jesus for the third time went away and prayed the same words.
Then returning to the disciples for the third time and
finding them still asleep, said, "Are you still sleeping. Rise up
and pray that you do not enter into temptation. Behold, the hour
is at hand, and the Son of man will is going to be betrayed into
the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see my betrayer is
While Jesus was still uttering these words Judas Iscariot
came. Now, Judas was well acquainted with the garden of
Gethsemane, for Jesus often met there with His disciples. He knew
Jesus would probably be in the garden during the hours of the
Passover night. Judas procuring and gathering together a band of
soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and some of the
Pharisees, came with lanterns and torches and weapons that
soldiers of the day used in warfare. Judas had arranged that he
would kiss Jesus, so the soldiers and Pharisees would know which
one was Jesus. It was the dark of night, and Jesus looked very
much like all Jews of the day, so the soldiers and Pharisees
needed Judas to point out which one was Jesus. As soon as he came
to the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, Judas immediately
came up to Jesus and kissed Him on the cheek. Jesus said to
Judas, "Friend why are you here? Would you betray the Son of man
with a kiss?" We are not told if Judas ever answered.
Jesus, knowing all that was to befall Him, then came forward
and said to them, "Whom do you seek?"
They answered Him, "We seek Jesus of Nazareth."
"I am he," said Jesus. At those words they drew back and
fell to the ground. They knew Jesus had great super-natural
powers, and they were fully expecting that He would use them.
They were at this point very scared as to what Jesus would do.
Again, Jesus said, "Whom do you seek?" And they once more
replied, "We seek Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus answered, "I have
told you that I am he, so if you seek only me, then let these men
that are with me, go." This was to fulfil the word which He had
spoken, "Of those whom you gave me Father, I have lost not one."
The soldiers and Pharisees by now had realized no
flames of fire were coming from heaven to devour them. Jesus was
not using His mighty powers to fight them. They grew braver every
second. Then they came forward to lay hands on Jesus and arrest
Some of the disciples seeing all that was going on, asked
Jesus if they should bring out their swords, the few they had,
and fight. Jesus, with a wave of the hand, told them they should
Peter, either did not see Jesus' reaction to the disciples
question as to if they should fight, or simply was too angry at
the whole scene. He could see what was going to take place, and
now fully awake and on edge, he drew the sword that he had and
slashed out with it, cutting off the ear of the high priest's
slave as he ducked the silver flash of the sword as it passed
over his head.
For whatever reason John's Gospel account records the slaves
name, it was Malchus, but we know no more about him, other than
what Jesus did next.
Jesus said to Peter with a firm voice, "Put your sword away;
shall I not drink of the cup which the Father has given me to
drink?" Then bending down He picked up the ear of the slave and
did a miracle by re-attaching it to his head as if it had never
been sliced off.
Turning to His disciples Jesus said, "All who will take the
sword will perish by the sword. Do you not realize that I can
appeal to my Father, and He will at once send me more than twelve
legions of angels to protect me. But then how should the
Scripture be fulfilled, that must come to pass as written?"
Then turning to the crowd that had come to arrest Him, He
said, "Have you come out as if I was a robber, with swords and
clubs, to capture me? Day after day I sat in the Temple,
teaching, and you did not arrest me. But I realize all this has
taken place that the Scripture of the prophets might be
It was indeed the time for all that was written about this
part of the Messiah's life, and His arrest, and His death, to
come to pass.
So the band of soldiers and the officers of the Jews, with
the Pharisees, seized Jesus, bound Him, and led Him away.
At this sight, of Jesus being arrested and led away, the
eleven disciples panicked, and like scared rabbits, ran away as
fast as their legs could go. By now some other people had come
along to see all that was happening. It was Passover night and
many were as I've mentioned, up all night on this particular day.
A young man, only wearing a linen outer cloak followed Jesus, and
they were going to arrest him also. They were laying hands on
him, grabbing his linen cloak, when he also fled from them
leaving his cloak in their hands, and ran away naked (Mat. 26:
36-56; Mark 14: 32-52; Luke 22: 39-53; John 18: 1-12).
Jesus, was now alone, all His disciples at this point were
gone, but He was not alone, for as He had said, the Father, was
ever with Him.
Written January 2003