Luke 22:47–53 (ESV)
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
47 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 And
when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he
touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple,
you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”
It’s dark outside and Judas has come to betray Jesus. When Jesus sees
him, he asks: “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” Then someone tries to defend Jesus and draws a sword and cuts off the ear High Priest's servant. This might have been done by one of the disciples who kept falling
asleep while Jesus prayed. Remember, he warned them “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” When the sword was drawn in violence, the situation could get nasty
real fast, but Jesus stops the offensive and heals the ear of the servant. Perhaps this violent outbreak was why Jesus had warned them to not fall into temptation. By trying to protect Jesus from the crowd, they were actually trying to stop or
hinder God’s plan of Salvation, that is ... Jesus trip to the cross. It had been part of the plan all along. In fact the cross is God’s plan of Salvation for us. What we think and what God thinks is not always the same.
They wanted Jesus to live and God sent him to die.
I pray: O Lord, help me to never work against you or to hinder your work. I know who will prevail...
it will be you. Help me to seek your ways and to walk according to your will. I’m sorry that your Son had to die, but I’m am forever grateful for what he did for me. He died for me so that I can be with you in Heaven. Thank
you Lord. Amen.