Jesus awakened the disciples. Could they not pray? But then footsteps, thundering, stomping, and the leader of the crowd was Judas, His friend, His disciple. Psalm 41:9 was fulfilled, “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.”
“While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, ‘Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?’ When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, ‘Lord, should we strike with our swords?’ And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, ‘Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.’ Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, ‘This man was with him.’ But he denied it. ‘Woman, I don’t know him,’ he said. A little later someone else saw him and said, ‘You also are one of them.’ ‘Man, I am not!’ Peter replied. About an hour later another asserted, ‘Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.’ Peter replied, ‘Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!’ Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.”
Judas kissed Him and the betrayal was complete. He had arranged the sign and Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
The disciples had two swords. Peter lifted one and struck the servant of the high priest.
But this was not the time for a physical battle. This was the time for a spiritual one. Jesus healed the man and then was taken away.
Have you ever wondered what became of that man that Jesus just healed? His ear had been lopped off by a sword and with one touch Jesus restored it. He received such a blessing, yet he was part of the crowd taking Jesus away. And what of the onlookers, the rest of the crowd who had seen the splattering blood, the ear severed, now restored? Did that have an impact on those who were taking Him away?
Over and over again we have seen and heard about miracles and yet are we impacted by them? What does it take for our hearts to be changed?
Jesus was seized and taken to the high priest. It would be a tortuous night of questions, beatings, scourging.
Peter followed at a distance. A fire burned and he was questioned. “Are you not one of His disciples?” Three times Peter denied knowing Him. As Peter declared his denial the third time, he heard the rooster crow.
He had pledged allegiance. He had promised to follow even unto death. But he had fallen asleep when he should have been praying and he too betrayed His Savior.