Matthew 26:47–56 (ESV)
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
47 While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer
had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” 49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 50 Jesus
said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. 51 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant
of the high priest and cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Do you think that I cannot
appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” 55 At that hour Jesus said
to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. 56 But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of
the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.
Have you ever noticed how Jesus
remained calm during the most tense time of his life? Jesus knows that he is being betrayed by one of his own… Judas. Yet he refers to him as a “friend” when he says “Friend, do what you came to do.” He knows
that Judas must betray him, yet he still calls him friend. John tells us that the one who drew the sword was Peter. Peter is willing to fight for Chris. Yet we see the definition of “meekness” when Jesus tells him to put the sword away,
that if he needed help, he could call upon 12 legions of angels. That would be 72,000 angelic soldiers! Jesus does not resort to violence, and he remains in control even when it seems that everything is out of control. Jesus remains calm
in the face of death.
I pray: O Lord, help me to remain calm and to trust in Jesus Christ. He is in control even in a world that seems out of control.