John 18:1-13 -Then Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. 2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.
3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.
4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? 5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. 7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.
8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: 9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,13 And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.
Jesus is arrested in the garden of Gethsemane which means oil press or valley. This garden was a familiar place for Jesus and His disciples, for this was a place they often visited.
Jesus could have easily avoided being arrested if he chose to do so for He had foreknowledge of every detail of His life purpose here on earth, in which He spoke of it often to His disciples. Jesus' arrest in the garden did not catch Him off guard.
Judas, along with the Roman Soldiers of the chief priest and Pharisees came seeking Jesus with lanterns, torches and weapons as if He was a criminal.
Their plan was to kill Jesus, but to do it in secret, is why they arrested Him at night. They knew that the crowd who had been following Jesus would have caused an uproar had they know that Jesus had been arrested.
Mark 14 describes Jesus betray of Judas as one being with a "kiss" as a sign to the Soldiers of Jesus' identity. Let's listen in Mark 14:44-46-Now the betrayer had given them a signal, saying, The One I shall kiss is [the Man]; seize Him and lead [Him] away safely [so as to prevent His escape]. 45 And when he came, he went up to Jesus immediately and said, Master!Master! and he [d]embraced Him and kissed Him fervently. 46 And they threw their hands on Him and arrested Him.
Judas and these Roman Soldiers came looking for Jesus in the dark of the night, not knowing that He is the "Light" of the of the world.
The darkness of their souls prevented them from seeing and also realizing that they did not need lanterns to be able to see in the dark. What they needed was faith in Jesus , the "Light" who came to help them see in the dark.
The darkness of the souls of Judas and these Roman soldiers prevented them from comprehending the "Light" that was before them that night.
Having full knowledge of what was at hand, Jesus ask them "whom do you seek" knowing it was Him whom they seeked. They answered "Jesus of Nazareth" and Jesus responded back "I am He".
With the cooperation of Judas, one of Jesus disciples, Jesus is arrested. Jesus knew who Judas was. When Jesus chose his disciples he said in John 6:70- "Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!"
Jesus knows all things! Knowing who Judas was, Jesus still chose Him as one of His disciples. Judas betrayal of Jesus had to be fulfilled also.
Jesus life was not taken, He gave it up freely. John 10:18-No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded."
Judas agreed to betray Jesus for 30 pounds of silver, which was the cost of a slave.
What Judas did not realize was the fact that he sold himself for 30 pieces of silver. He was lead to believe by the enemy of his mind that 30 pieces of silver is all his life was worth in his betray of Jesus.
In his attempt to protect Jesus, Peter drew a sword and attacked a man named Malchus, the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Jesus rebuked Peter and healed the man’s ear. In healing the man's ear, Jesus displayed the miraculous power of God once again.
The mob arrested Jesus and took Him to face many mock trials, while the disciples scattered in fear for their own lives.
To the world, Jesus says "I have done and gone through all this just for you"!
Will you receive Jesus today as your Lord and Savior?
God bless and I love you all.