Today’s Bible Reading:
Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
39Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. 40There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.”
41He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 43Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. 44He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.
45At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief. 46“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”
Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested
47But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss. 48But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”
49When the other disciples saw what was about to happen, they exclaimed, “Lord, should we fight? We brought the swords!” 50And one of them struck at the high priest’s slave, slashing off his right ear.
51But Jesus said, “No more of this.” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
52Then Jesus spoke to the leading priests, the captains of the Temple guard, and the elders who had come for him. “Am I some dangerous revolutionary,” he asked, “that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? 53Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns.”
Peter Denies Jesus
54So they arrested him and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance. 55The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there. 56A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was one of Jesus’ followers!”
57But Peter denied it. “Woman,” he said, “I don’t even know him!”
58After a while someone else looked at him and said, “You must be one of them!”
“No, man, I’m not!” Peter retorted.
59About an hour later someone else insisted, “This must be one of them, because he is a Galilean, too.”
60But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
61At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Suddenly, the Lord’s words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” 62And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly.
Verse of the Day:
I know what you’re probably thinking, “Haven’t we read this already??”
Yes. Yes, we have! 3 times to be exact.
We’ve covered the perspective of what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane leading to the arrest of Jesus from Matthew, Mark and John already. Today, we hear what Luke has to say.
A few things to note from Luke that we haven’t seen yet in the retelling of this story:
- An angel appears to Jesus after he prays for God’s will to be done in the garden. It says that the angel strengthened him. Prayer brings power! We too can pray for angels to protect and strengthen and I believe they do!
- We see that Jesus is in such agony as he prayed that it says his sweat fell to the ground like drops of blood. Wow.
- Right after one of the disciples uses the sword to cut off a man’s ear, Luke tells us that Jesus touched the man’s ear and healed him. Can we just think about this for a moment? Yes. Jesus performed a miracle right there in the midst of the garden AS THEY ARE ARRESTING HIM! I never realized that little piece of knowledge. I wonder how they were able to just put that miracle out of their minds and move forward with what they came to do?
I’m so thankful that each of these gospels cover this important event in the life of Jesus and that we hear the details of what each one remembered.
Anyone else feel differently in church as your Pastor talks about Easter and all that it means? I’ve never had this story so fresh on my mind during this season. Honestly, I usually depend on what I hear in church and don’t think about studying it much more on my own in depth like we have been doing. This is a tradition that I intend to keep each year around Easter to make sure that I don’t forget what Jesus has done.
This has brought about an entirely new way of thinking for me. I read the words in scripture differently now on Sunday mornings. I’m able to think about them with so much more background than ever before.
I’m encouraged to continue studying scriptures – even after our Lent study is over, so that I can get more out of church and my time with God. It’s certainly not easy, but absolutely worthwhile in growing closer to God and taking hold of the purpose and plan that He has for my life. I want to see those plans unfold and there is no better way to start that journey than being buried deep in His Word.
How about you?