We read in this text how Judas appeared with thugs harmed with clubs and swords. They were sent by the high priest and other spiritual leaders. Judas identified and betrayed him with a kiss and he was immediately arrested and taken away to the high priest, everyone with Jesus deserted HIM and fled while Peter followed from a distance.
While before the chief priests and other religious leaders, various accusations were brought against HIM that was not founded on any proofs. Throughout the whole session, Jesus said nothing until the High priest asked he was the Christ. To this Jesus replied saying, “I AM, and you will see the son of man sitting at the right hand of the mighty one and coming on the clouds of heaven”. On hearing this, the high priest was greatly offended and with one voice the whole gathering condemned Jesus to death. From there on Jesus was spat on, beaten and handed over to guards who welcomed him with further torture.
Not everybody can stay with you during your down moments. Even if they desired to, human limitations may set in that will make them need to desert you. But God is on your side always even when He seems not to be there. Jesus found strength in the remembrance of HIS GOD given purpose. In the face of betrayal, lies, desertion and torture, HE stayed glued and true to HIS call. He stands as a model for us to keep on being focused on our assignment even in the face of an opposing atmosphere.
Jesus felt all the pain but what kept HIM going was how HE felt inside. Though HIS body was subjected to pain, He didn’t allow this get to HIS inner peace. Though things were said to HIM and thrown at HIM. He chose not to receive it with HIS inner being. He kept pain out and kept peace within. That is grace.
Lord I receive grace to act, react and speak like you during the course of conflicts and contradictions in Jesus name.
Reading – Mark 14:43-65
43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.
44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.
51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.
Jesus Before the Sanhedrin
53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.
60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.
Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked.64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”
They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.