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A Call to Stand Apart, Page 49

At that moment Jesus could easily have escaped, but He stood His ground even as His accusers lay at His feet. The disciples looked on the scene in silence and awe.

Then the scene quickly changed. As the angel withdrew, its glory fading into the night, soldiers, priests, and Judas stood up and faced Jesus. Ashamed of their weakness and afraid that Jesus might escape, they again said they wanted Jesus of Nazareth, and Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go.” John 18:8. That evening He had seen abundant evidence of His friends’ weak faith, and He wanted to protect them from further temptation and trial.

“Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.’” Matthew 26:48. For a moment Judas pretends he has no association with the mob. Stepping up to Jesus, he takes His hand and says, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kisses him repeatedly, pretending that he is crying in sympathy with Jesus’ peril. But Jesus responds, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” Luke 22:48. If anything could have, this should have stirred Judas’ conscience. Sadly, he remained defiant, showing no sign of repentance for this horrible betrayal.70Ibid., 693-696.

“Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!’” verses 52, 53.

The disciples were terrified as they saw Jesus allow Himself to be taken and bound. They couldn’t understand it, and blamed Him for submitting to the mob. In that moment of great fear, Peter proposed that they should save themselves. Following his suggestion, “all the disciples deserted him, and fled.” Matthew 26:56.71Ibid., 697.

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