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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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Categories: jesus, judas, luke

Judas Makes a Deal

This daily pattern continued as they came closer to the holiday of Unleavened Bread, also known as the Passover.

Jesus teaches of judgment to come and the destruction of the temple. All things move toward a collision of ideas and faith at the most important feast of the year.

The chief priests and religious scholars continued looking for a way to kill Jesus; they hadn’t been able to act yet due to their fear of the people’s reaction. At this point, Satan entered into one of the twelve, Judas (also called Iscariot).Judas set up a private meeting with the chief priests and the captains of the temple police to discuss a plan for betraying Jesus and putting Him in their hands. This was just the kind of break they had been waiting for, so they were thrilled and agreed to a handsome payment. Everything was settled, and Judas simply waited for the right moment, when the crowds weren’t around, to betray Jesus into their custody (vv. 1-6, The Voice).

Categories: judas, luke, Passover, priest, temple

Outline of Luke 22

  1. Judas makes a deal to betray Jesus
  2. Jesus and the disciples celebrate Passover
  3. Jesus predicts Judas’ and Peter’s betrayals
  4. Jesus and the disciples leave to pray
  5. Judas betrays Jesus
  6. Peter denies Jesus
  7. Jesus is placed on trial and beaten
  8. Jesus confesses his divinity

Peter’s Psalm

In verses 15-20, Peter points out that Judas ought to be replaced.

When facing tough times, the Bible is a great place to go for guidance.

Outline of Acts 1

  1. Jesus’ final days on earth
    1. Wait in Jesusalem
    2. You’ll get the Holy Spirit
    3. Not time to restore Israel’s kingdom yet
    4. Great Commission: Recap
    5. Return to heaven
  2. Peter takes charge
    1. The 11 Apostles, women and Jesus’ biological family meet in prayer
    2. Peter explains Judas Iscariot’s actions through the Old Testament
    3. Peter explains that Judas’ position should be filled by another qualified person
    4. They nominate two people and cast lots to select Matthias

Power From Above

Pilate took steps to have Jesus released, but Jesus’ accusers presented convincing arguments to prevent Pilate from carrying out his plan.

Judas was more culpable than Pilate in this situation because God himself gave Pilate the authority to condemn Jesus.

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