Judas Iscariot had done the unthinkable. He had agreed to reveal Jesus’s location to the chief priests and officers. The chief priests and officers wanted to kill Jesus, but they were scared to take Jesus when the crowd was around. Thus, they needed Jesus to be in a more private location. Judas shared that Jesus prayed at the Mount of Olives, and they agreed to take him there.
Knowing what Judas had done, Jesus did not seek to escape his purpose. Instead, he carried on as normal awaiting the moment it would happen. He went to the Mount of Olives to pray with his disciples. After instructing them to stay watchful for temptation, Jesus walked a little further ahead, kneeled, and prayed. In his prayer, he asked God if it was possible for him not to face what was coming, but knowing it was necessary, he expressed to do God’s will. Then, God sent an angel to help strengthen him.
When he finished praying, Jesus found the disciples sleeping. He had already explained that he must die. It was hard for them to accept, but Jesus was willing to go forward. He woke up the disciples and told them that they needed to pray to avoid falling into temptation. Yet, as he was speaking to the disciples, a crowd appeared. It was them. In the crowd were chief priests, officers, Pharisees, and soldiers. Leading them was Judas.
Judas had agreed to identify Jesus with a kiss, but before he could complete the task, Jesus said, “Would you betray the son of Man with a kiss?” Revealing the plan, some in the crowd were shocked. Then, Jesus identified himself. Realizing what was happening, the disciple Peter took out his sword and sliced Malchus’s ear. Malchus was a servant of the high priest. However, Jesus did not want this to happen. He knew what he had to face. He said to Peter, “Put away your sword.” Then, he touched Malchus’s ear and made it whole again. Yielding to his Father’s will, Jesus let them arrest him and take him away.
Resource: Luke 22: 1-6, 14-22, 39-53; John 18:1-11
- Why do people betray others? What do you think they feel they can gain from betrayal?
- If you knew someone was betraying you, what would you do?
- Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him, yet he did not stop him. Why?
- If you knew a day would have a bad end, what would you do? Would you change it or leave it the same?
- Jesus knew his day was going to end with him arrested, but he submitted to God’s will. What do you think it takes to do this?
- At one point in his prayer, Jesus asked God if he could bypass this situation if possible. Have you ever asked God to let you bypass a situation? Why, and what was your outcome? Did you learn anything?
- The angel helped strengthen Jesus to take on the task before him. How do you desire God to strengthen you today?
- Before and after Jesus prayed, he warned the disciples to pray and be watchful of temptation. Why is it important for us to be watchful of temptation?
- Judas was going to pretend to greet Jesus as if he had not betrayed him, but Jesus called out he and the crowds’ actions. What was the reaction? How do people today react when someone speaks the truth about their bad actions?
- When Peter realized that they were trying to arrest Jesus, what was his reaction? Why did Jesus stop him?
- How do you think Malchus felt when Jesus healed his ear? Why do you think Jesus healed him, even though he was an enemy?
- And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. Luke 22:41-43 ESV
- While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:47-48 ESV
- Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. John 18:4-6 ESV
- Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?” John 18: 10-11 ESV
- And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. Luke 22: 50-51 ESV
- Courageously walk into your destiny. Greater will result when you do.
- Yielding to God’s will is best. He knows the outcome of your story.
- It’s natural to try to stop the hurt, but it is spiritual to understand the greater outcome of pressing through the pain.
- When you choose to take the Godly road, you have a greater impact.
Father God, the situations of life can hurt, but despite the hurt, we know that you see and understand all that we are going through. Help us to rise above our natural emotions; turn our eyes to the greater spiritual outcome. We know that you have a plan for our lives. We know that you know the impact our obedience will make. Encourage us to keep going. This, we ask in your son Jesus’s name. Amen.
Looking at the thoughts and key scriptures, what do you understand better now than before this lesson? What will you apply to your life? Why do you think you need this in your life?