BETRAYAL AND ARREST
After Jesus prayed and woke up the disciples in Gethsemane, Judas Iscariot came with the Roman soldiers, the temple guards, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. The time was between 3am and 5am. Judas gave a signal to the religious leaders that whomever he would kiss, He was the one they would arrest. When Judas went to Jesus and kissed Him, the temple guard tried to seize Jesus, but one of the disciples, Peter, drew his sword, struck one of the slaves of the high priest and cut off his ear. Peter tried to protect Jesus from being arrested. However, Jesus told Peter to put his sword away and heal the slave's ear (John 18:2-12a, Luke 22:47-53). Then Jesus told the religious leaders, "Am I leading a rebellion that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled." Then all the disciples left Him and fled, but the temple guards and the Roman soldiers arrested Jesus and took Him away. (Mark 14:43-50).
The religious leaders never understood the reason Jesus came into this world. Jesus did not come to establish His earthly kingdom nor overthrow the Romans out of Israel. He came to save the world from sin. Jesus came to take the sins of this world upon Himself and sacrifice His life to pay for the penalty of sins. Jesus came as the Savior, which is why He came to serve. Since the disciples couldn't fully understand what was happening to Jesus, they were gripped with fear that they fled and ran away. But all along, Jesus was in control of the situation. He allowed them to arrest Him to fulfill the Word of God.
No matter how bad it gets in our lives, our Heavenly Father is still in control of our situation, just like what happened in Gethsemane. When it seems that our situation is chaotic and no solution in sight, our Heavenly Father is still in control, and He will still take care of us. During the arrest and crucifixion, none of the disciples were arrested and hurt. Jesus made sure that they were all protected. Jesus knew the disciples would be scared and run away, but He promised He would see them in Galilee after His resurrection.
Ask yourself these questions: Why did the disciples run away when Jesus was arrested by the Roman soldiers, temple guards, and religious leaders? Was Jesus in control of all of the situation? Do I believe my Heavenly Father is in control of my difficult situations now? Do I trust the care of my Heavenly Father towards me?
Write down all the worries you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you that you are always in control. Nothing that happened to Jesus that you did not allow and planned. Because you love me so much that you sent Jesus to rescue me from my sin so I can be with you for eternity. As I wait to see you face to face, would you please help me trust you in the problems and situations I am facing today? Please help me not to worry because you are in control of my situation and taking care of me. In your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.