Profile in Character: Jesus at the time of his arrest

August 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

Biblical Background: The account of Jesus’ arrest is recorded in all four of the gospels. Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-52, Luke 22:46-53, John 18:1-11

How Jesus Raised the Risk and How We Can Too:

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus is praying to God the Father to do His will in the events that will lead not only to his own death, but also to drinking the cup of God’s wrath on sinful man.  Jesus has asked his disciples three  times to pray with him and has found them sleeping when one of the twelve greets him with a kiss of betrayal  leading to Jesus’ arrest. (Matthew 26:48-49)

Ponder: Jesus was betrayed by one of his own and arrested by leaders within the Jewish faith.

Jesus’ arrest was not an outside job! How often are you or I betrayed by someone who doesn’t even know us?  I would venture to say that usually we are betrayed by someone who should be on our team. Jesus was, and his response defies all the flesh and human characteristics that encompassed him.  His reaction transcended the mortal and it was the immortal God in him that took over. 

Comparing  Christ’s response to that of  Peter, one of Christ’s closest friends and one of his twelve disciples, is painfully like contrasting my own response to opposition or mistreatment.  In the gospel of John, we see that Peter is the disciple who immediately draws his sword in Jesus’ defense and cuts off the right ear of the high priest’s servant!  (John 18:10)

Now that is some holy indignation Peter!  Yeah, Peter, stand up for your Savior!  Give it to em Peter!

Not quite. 

Jesus’ looks at Peter and says, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” (John 18:11)

Whoa!  Wait a minute here.  You mean you are going to let these people arrest you?  They are falsely accusing you Rabboni…you have done nothing wrong!

Christ knew that he must suffer these things. In Mark 8:31-33, Jesus predicts his death:
“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.  He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.  But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan!’ he said, ‘You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men!'” 

How often do you and I  have in mind the things of men rather than the things of God?  How quick are we  to draw  our sword when we should follow Jesus and take up our cross?  “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. ” (Mark 8:34-35)

After Jesus ascended into heaven he sent us his spirit, the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-39).  We have the power of Jesus in us so that we too can resist the devil and flee from him. We too can react as Jesus did and let Him who is the final judge defend our cause. 

It is time to lay down our swords and take up our crosses.

Whether it be stinging accusations, words of mistrust, hurtful occurrences, or betrayal, we should not draw a sword in our own defense, but take up our cross and follow Jesus. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. ” (Philippians 1:6 )

Raise the Risk Challenge from the Account of Jesus Arrest:

  1. Take up your cross this week and resist the urge to defend yourself; rather ask Jesus to fight for you.
  2. Ask God to give you a mind for the things of God rather than the things of men.
  3. Thank God for a present trial. Thank Him that it is accomplishing His perfect will in and through you.

§ One Response to Profile in Character: Jesus at the time of his arrest

  • Beverley says:

    Thank you for this devotional! I can identify and recently experienced a situation in which I felt wrongfully treated. The three challenges are so helpful: puts it in the right perspective! I am reminded of the Scripture that says “Vengeance is mine: I
    will repay says the Lord” (Romans 12:19)

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