Read Matthew 26:36-75, Mark 14:32-72, Luke 22:39-71, John 18:1-27
JESUS HAS POWER. Judas knows the location, and it’s time for his bought and paid for betrayal. They come at night to arrest Jesus, and in the confrontation we read a glimpse of the authority and power they are attempting to restrain. Jesus asks, who are you looking for, and the LION of the tribe of Judah roars. (Rev 5:5)
They answer GOD’S ONLY SON, ““Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.””
John 18:5-8 NIV
His power was connected to his promise to keep the 12 minus Judas. They only arrest Jesus. He is the epitome of the good shepherd in his word and power. It’s for the help and protection of his own.
Lord help me use the authority and power you have given me to serve, to protect, to shepherd your own. Amen
I wanted to add an addendum to this, note how Jesus is praying in the ‘Olive Garden’ and it’s interesting to me that he prays not to suffer as he’s facing the world’s most eminent and stupendous suffering. He shows us the model to always pray through our sorrows and heck ya, ask God if there’s some other way.