Easter Supper – Jesus Betrayal

Jesus Betrayal 

Jesus needed that time in prayer with God to prepare Himself for what was to come. That time soon ended, and Jesus knew the time was coming for his suffering to begin.

Judas was one of the twelve disciples. He was there when Jesus walked on water. He was there when Jesus healed the sick and even raised Lazarus from the dead. He had heard Jesus teach amazing things. Those who were around Jesus and his disciples would have thought that Judas was a true friend to Jesus. But it was that friendship that Judas used against Jesus. He knew where Jesus would be and when he would be arrested. When he saw Jesus he kissed him but it wasn’t a friendly kiss at all. It was the way he showed Jesus’ enemies which person to arrest. The pain of Judas’ betrayal that night was just the beginning of what Jesus would have to go through on the way to the cross.

Matthew 26:45-56

45-46 When he came back the next time, he said, “Are you going to sleep on and make a night of it? My time is up, the Son of Man is about to be handed over to the hands of sinners. Get up! Let’s get going! My betrayer is here.”

With Swords and Clubs

47-49 The words were barely out of his mouth when Judas (the one from the Twelve) showed up, and with him a gang from the high priests and religious leaders brandishing swords and clubs. The betrayer had worked out a sign with them: “The one I kiss, that’s the one—seize him.” He went straight to Jesus, greeted him, “How are you, Rabbi?” and kissed him.

50-51 Jesus said, “Friend, why this charade?”

Then they came on him—grabbed him and roughed him up. One of those with Jesus pulled his sword and, taking a swing at the Chief Priest’s servant, cut off his ear.

52-54 Jesus said, “Put your sword back where it belongs. All who use swords are destroyed by swords. Don’t you realize that I am able right now to call to my Father, and twelve companies—more, if I want them—of fighting angels would be here, battle-ready? But if I did that, how would the Scriptures come true that say this is the way it has to be?”

55-56 Then Jesus addressed the mob: “What is this—coming out after me with swords and clubs as if I were a dangerous criminal? Day after day I have been sitting in the Temple teaching, and you never so much as lifted a hand against me. You’ve done it this way to confirm and fulfill the prophetic writings.”

Then all the disciples cut and ran.