Matthew Lesson 27 Day 2

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Matthew Lesson 27 Day 2

Matthew 26:47-56; John 18:1-11

3. Jesus arrested

a. Judas

Judas fulfilled his commitment to show the chief priests and elders where they could find and capture Jesus under the cover of darkness and away from the crowds. Perhaps they went to the upper room first and then to the Garden.

John writes, “Now Judas . . . knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples.” John 18:2

France writes in his commentary, “Judas knew where to find them. Jesus could easily have foiled his plan by choosing a different place for this night, but . . . this was not his intention.”(1)

When Judas led the crowd with swords and clubs. He went straight to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi” and kissed him. The Greek word for kissed in this verse “indicates more than a casual greeting. Judas gave to Jesus the affectionate and fervent greeting of intimate friends.”(4)

In Matthew 26:14-17, Judas fulfilled the prophecy about the 30 pieces of silver recorded in Zechariah 11:12-13.

b. Soldiers

Those skilled in the Jewish learning tell us, that the ordinary guard of the temple belonged to the priests, and such officers as they employed; but upon their great festivals, the Roman governors added a band of soliders, who yet were under the command of the priests. (Poole) (1)

“Judas arrived with “a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees.” John

c. Disciples

One of those with Jesus, Simon Peter [John 18:10], drew his sword and cut off the high priest’s servant’s ear. John says the servant’s name was Malchus.

It is not clear to me why Jesus earlier instructed his disciples to purchase swords and take them along. Yet when Peter used the sword, Jesus said, “all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

Simon Peter thought he should begin carrying a sword right away. And use it.

After Jesus was arrested, “all the disciples left him and fled.”

d. Jesus

In John’s account, when Judas arrived with “a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees,” Jesus asked, “Whom do you seek? They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

“When Jesus said to them, “I am he” they ALL drew back and fell to the ground!” That’s my favorite part! The power of God manifested. What did they think? If I was one of those soldiers, I would have been inclined to run. Instead, Perhaps as they were getting up, he asked again. This time when he answered, they didn’t fall down.

After Judas kissed him, Jesus said, “Friend, do what you came to do.”

When Simon Peter cut off the servant’s ear, Jesus healed it.

If Jesus hadn’t moved quickly to restore the high priest servant’s severed ear, Simon Peter surely wouldn’t have lived to fulfill his calling.

The other disciples might have been arrested or worse. Peter’s action would have been punishable by death.

Jesus already told the disciples what would happen to Him. In Matthew’s account, Jesus tells Simon Peter, 52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?

They had many opportunities to arrest Jesus, but they chose to treat him like a common thief. As he pointed out, they fulfilled scripture.

4. Jesus shows concern for His disciples and others.

Jesus restored Malchus’ severed right ear.
“No more of this!” Jesus said, about wielding a sword in His defense.
“So if you’re looking for Me, let these men go.” Jesus said. John 18:8

Jesus could have asked his Father and he would send more than 12 legions of angels to rescue him and his disciples. But he was obedient to fulfill God’s plan.

Jesus’ fulfills more prophecies—

  • This was to fulfill the words He had said: “I have not lost one of those You have given Me.” John 18:9 HCSB
  • Mark 14:49 Jesus said, But the scriptures must be fulfilled. He was referring to Isaiah 53:7. He also fulfilled this when He did not answer their questions and defend Himself.
  • Lamentations 4:20a The Lord’s anointed, the breath of our life, was captured in their traps.
  • Psalm 41:9 Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has raised his heel against me.
  • Isaiah 50:6 I gave My back to those who beat Me, and My cheeks to those who tore out My beard. I did not hide My face from scorn and spitting.
  • Isaiah 53:2-11 is the most quoted prophetic passage about Jesus. Jesus Himself read from this following His forty days in the desert.

5. Personal

When I am not “on the same page” with God’s will, I’m generally unaware of my incorrect assumptions.

The only advice I have for myself and others is to seek understanding, truth, and guidance from the Holy Spirit, and remain tuned in so that we don’t unknowingly (or knowingly) behave contrary to His plans and purposes.

Even though Jesus directly—face to face—told Simon Peter about God’s plan, Simon Peter still messed up.

The good news is Jesus fixed the mess, and didn’t write Simon Peter out of future plans.

We have a redeemer.

Grace and mercy abound.

There is still hope for me!


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