Matthew 26:47-56- While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came. And with him was a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he who betrayed Him had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I shall kiss is the Man. Seize Him.” 49 He immediately came to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.
50 And Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?”
Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. 51 Immediately, 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 in its place. For all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will at once give Me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”
55 At that same moment Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a thief to take Me with swords and clubs? Daily I sat with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. 56 But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.
Judas, one of the 12 Disciples chosen by Jesus now betrays Him.
Remember, in yesterday's lesson while Jesus and His disciples ate the last supper, Jesus said to Judas, the one He knew would betray Him, "What you are about to do, do quickly."
Jesus' prediction of Judas' betrayal of Him has come to full circle in this text.
The one whom Jesus loved, walk with, talk with ate with, taught, performed one miracle after another before his eyes has now done to Jesus what Jesus knew He would do in betraying Him.
Judas' betrayal of Jesus was no surprise to Jesus. Jesus knew who Judas was before He choose Him to be one of His disciples.
Let's listen to how Jesus called "Judas" out as His betrayer without any of them knowing or understanding what he meant when He said it to them as He chose each one of them to be His disciples in John 6:70-Jesus said, "I chose the twelve of you, but one is a devil."
As a matter of fact, it was prophesied in the old testament that Jesus would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.
Let's listen to Zechariah 11:12-I told them, “Pay me my wages, if you think you should; otherwise, forget it.” So they handed me my wages, a measly thirty pieces of silver.
Psalm 41:9-Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against Me.
Jesus did not fight against those that came to arrest Him. No, He voluntarily went with them.
Jesus said these words in 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."
Jesus' betrayal! God knew about it before the foundation of the earth.
As a matter of fact, Jesus betrayal was all a part of God's plan that would eventually lead to His death by the shedding of His blood on a cross at "Calvary's Hill"for the sins of everyone of us that is born.
Out of love, Jesus chose to voluntarily suffer and die at the hands of His enemies just for you and I.
A "KISS" of "BETRAYAL!" WOW!
THAT'S LOVE BEYOND MEASURE!