Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus & Peter Denies Jesus

Luke 22:47:62

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

1.         Jesus now with His disciples, in the Garden of Gethsemane, on the Mt. of Olives, is approached by a crowd, and John, in 18:3, says it is composed of Roman soldiers, and officers from both the chief priests and Pharisees.

2.         Judas indicates who is to be arrested by a kiss. Jesus’ response, in verse 48, is variously understood.

3.         Jesus’ disciples ask Jesus if they should pull out their swords, but one of them, and John says it is Peter, pulls out a sword and cuts off the right ear of Malchus (this according to John), but Jesus stops further bloodshed and heals the man. Only John names Malchus since at the point is writing his Gospel, it is safe to do so.

4.         Jesus asks them why they did not come out to arrest him when He was at the Temple, but He knows that this moment is the power of darkness. (see Colossians 1:13)

5.         Jesus is taken first to the home of Annas, the father-in-law of Caiaphas the current high priest, this is revealed in John 18, and the palaces (houses) of both are likely right next to each other.

6.         Peter enters into the courtyard, via John as we find in John 18:15–16, and proceeds to vigorously deny that he knows Jesus, and this three times.

7.         After the third denial, a cock crows, thus in fulfillment of what Jesus had previously said to him. (Luke 22:34)

8.         At this Jesus looks at Peter, likely through a passageway, Jesus inside and Peter outside, whereupon Peter recalls that this is exactly what Jesus said would happen.

9.         Peter leaves the courtyard of the high priest weeping bitterly.

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