The Kiss, Arrest, And Denial

The Kiss, Arrest, And Denial

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” 45 And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 46 And they laid hands on him and seized him. 47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 And they all left him and fled.

A Young Man Flees
51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

Jesus Before the Council
53 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’ ” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. 65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.

Peter Denies Jesus
66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. 69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” 72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

Let The Scriptures Be Fulfilled

The temple police, sent by the Jewish authorities, accompany Judas as they arrive to apprehend Jesus. With a kiss, Judas identifies Jesus, resulting in his immediate arrest. A minor skirmish ensues, led by one of Jesus' followers (likely Peter, according to John), before everyone abandons him. A particularly striking moment is when a young man flees, shedding his garment in the process; some speculate that this young man is Mark himself.

Kangaroo Court

The high priest's house serves as the venue for Jesus' trial, which the Sanhedrin conducts - a council comprised of seventy-one members. As this is an urgent session, the council convenes, although regulations prohibit them from a meeting during nighttime or on special occasions like festivals and sabbaths. Additionally, there is a requirement for a waiting period before confirming a 'guilty' verdict, but all of these guidelines are overlooked during Jesus' trial. Accusations have been made against Jesus for allegedly threatening to demolish the temple, but there is inconsistency among the testimonies of the witnesses. To clear the air, the high priest confronts Jesus and inquires whether he is the Christ, to which Jesus responds with an affirmative "I am." He informs the court that they will eventually face him as the Son of Man, the honorable representative and judge appointed by God, as stated in Daniel 7:13, 14. The high priest regards Jesus' assertion as blasphemy and tears his clothes in response. This gesture, formerly indicative of sorrow, now reflects anger at the recent revelation. The council concurs that Jesus must be put to death. Jesus is declared guilty of blasphemy by the Jews; however, they lack the authority to impose the death penalty. Therefore, Jesus is beaten and referred to the Roman governor for sentencing and execution.

And Peter Remembered...

While warming himself by a fire in the outer courtyard, Peter keeps cautious in proximity to Jesus. However, when a servant girl points him out as one of Jesus' disciples, he vehemently rejects the claim. Though his attire and accent reveal that he is from Galilee, he adamantly disavows any association with Jesus, even resorting to cursing and swearing. As he vehemently denies any connection with Jesus, a cock crows echoing Jesus' earlier prediction (14:30).





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