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Jesus Is Captured

Even as He said these words, the sound of a crowd could be heard in the distance, and as the crowd came into view, it was clear that Judas was leading them. He came close to Jesus and gave Jesus the traditional greeting of a kiss.

Jesus: Ah, Judas, is this how you betray the Son of Man—with a kiss?

Disciples (realizing what was going on): Lord, is this why You told us to bring the swords? Should we attack?

Before Jesus could answer, one of them had swung his sword at the high priest’s slave, cutting off his right ear.

Jesus: Stop! No more of this!

Then He reached out to touch—and heal—the man’s ear. Jesus turned to the chief priests, the captains of the temple, and the elders and spoke.

Jesus: Do you think I’m some sort of violent criminal? Is that why you came with swords and clubs? I haven’t been hard to find—each day I’ve been in the temple in broad daylight, and you never tried to seize Me there. But this is your time—night—and this is your power—the power of darkness (vv. 47-53, The Voice).

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