They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Jesus was really struggling with what He was about to go through: death on the cross. He knew how bad it would physically be for Him and how it was also going to be painful spiritually as He was going to experience the pain of separation from Father God so we didn’t have to. Jesus understands what it is to be afraid of what is about to happen! When He needed help, comfort and strength from His Father in heaven He talked to Him; we should also talk to our loving heavenly Father when we need help. Jesus showed the perfect attitude in His prayer: “Loving Father, I know you can do anything, this is what I would like to happen but I believe you know what is best for me so I want you to decide, not me!”
As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. “Rabbi!” he exclaimed, and gave him the kiss. Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear. Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfil what the Scriptures say about me.”
Jesus could have fought back, He could have asked for angels to come and protect Him. Jesus didn’t fight because He knew this was the reason He had come to the earth: to die on the cross to make it possible for people to be friends with God. It had all been predicted in the earlier, older parts of the Bible.
The leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find evidence against Jesus, so they could put him to death. But they couldn’t find any. Many false witnesses spoke against him, but they contradicted each other. Finally, some men stood up and gave this false testimony: “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple made with human hands, and in three days I will build another, made without human hands.’” But even then they didn’t get their stories straight!
Jesus was innocent, He had never sinned, people had to make things up to try and get Him killed.
Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I Am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?” “Guilty!” they all cried. “He deserves to die!” Then some of them began to spit at him, and they blindfolded him and beat him with their fists. “Prophesy to us,” they jeered. And the guards slapped him as they took him away.
The Jewish religious leader was hoping that this question would make Jesus talk: He was effectively asking Jesus if He was the Christ, the one sent by God to rescue His people and importantly he wanted to know if Jesus was claiming to be equal with God (The Son of God). Jesus’ answer was very simple and very clear, “I am!” Jesus also then told those who were accusing and judging Him, that there would come a time when He would be the one with the position of power, judging them! Jesus was accused of blasphemy against God, but actually He was simply stating the truth.
- Ask Jesus to help you to remember to talk to Him when you are struggling and need His help
- Ask Jesus to help you to trust that He knows which struggles and tough times are good for you to go through
- Ask Jesus to help you to believe and understand that He really is God