Luke 22:47-53 Betrayal And Arrest In Gethsemane.

This begins a bitter chapter in the life of Jesus, and also that of His disciples. He had just prayed earnestly that what was about to transpire might be avoided, but it was the Father’s will that what was written would now find fulfillment, namely that His Servant would be “numbered with the transgressors” (v. 37 Cf. Is. 53:12; Jn. 12:27). The multitudes still gathered to hear Jesus speak, but now there was a turning point (Cf. Lk. 19:47-48), hinging on the betrayal of one of Jesus’ closest disciples-Judas, who Jesus knew would betray Him with a kiss (vv. 47-48 Cf. Pr. 27:6; Jn. 18:1-11; Acts 1:16-17). “When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, ‘Lord, shall we strike with the sword’” (v. 49)?

Remember, before they began their journey to the Mt. of Olives, he told His disciples that two swords were enough. Jesus wanted them to simply have enough to defend themselves, it was never His intention to extend His kingdom with the sword. Now we see a test for them, and one of them failed by striking the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. However, Jesus healed this servant, even as he was part of the crowd who sought His arrest (vv. 50-51 Cf. Mt. 26:51-54). Ultimately the crowd and Judas himself, were led by the apostate Jewish leadership (v. 52 Cf. Mt. 26:55). What Jesus says to them is that they could only do what they were then about to do, because God alone chose the time (v. 53).

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