Betrayed with a Kiss

Found in Matthew 26:47-50, Mark 14:43-46, Luke 22:47-53 and John 18:1-9

John 18:1-3

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where there was a garden. He and his disciples entered therein.

Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place also: for Jesus often resorted here with his disciples. And Judas, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came here with lanterns and torches and weapons.

Matthew 26:48-50

Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign.

Judas: Whoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

Luke adds that Judas “went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss him.” (22:47)

Judas (to Jesus): Hail, master.

And Judas kissed Jesus.

Jesus: Friend, why have you come? (Do you betray the Son of man with a kiss? – Luke 22:48)

John 18:4-9

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth. 

Jesus (to the men): Whom do you seek?

The men: Jesus of Nazareth. 

Jesus: I am he. 

Judas, who betrayed him, stood with them also. As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backward and fell to the ground.

Jesus (again to the men): Whom do you seek? 

The men: Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus: I have told you that I am he: if therefore you seek me, let these go their way.

That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spoke, Of them who you gave me have I lost none.

Matthew 26:50b

Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

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The Prayer in Gethsemane

John 17
Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and spoke these words:

Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may also glorify you. As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 

I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which you gave me to do. And now, O Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was. 

I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world: yours they were, and you gave them to me; and they have kept your word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever you have given me are of you. For I have given to them the words which you gave me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from you, and they have believed that you did send me. 

I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them whom you have given me; for they are yours. And all mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I am glorified in them. 

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to you. Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom you have given me, that they may be one, as we are. 

While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name: those that you gave me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now I come to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 

I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 

Neither do I pray for these alone, but for them also who shall believe on me through their word; That they may all be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me. 

And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me. 

Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which you have given me: for you loved me before the foundation of the world. 

O righteous Father, the world has not known you: but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. And I have declared to them your name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou have loved me may be in them, and I in them.

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Found in Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42 and Luke 22:39-46 

Matthew 26:36-39 

Jesus went with his disciples (to the mount of Olives as was his custom – Luke) to a place called Gethsemane. 

Jesus: Sit here, while I go and pray yonder. 

And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (James and John), and began to be sorrowful and very heavy-hearted. 

Jesus: My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death. Stay here and watch with me. 

Luke adds, “Pray that you do not enter into temptation.” (22:40)

Jesus went a little further. Luke tells us Jesus moved about a stone’s cast away. (22:41)

Jesus fell on his face and prayed.

Jesus: O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will. 

Luke 22:43-44 

And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 

Being in agony Jesus prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 

Matthew 26:40-46 

Jesus came to the disciples and found them asleep. 

Jesus (to Peter): What, couldn’t you watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 

Jesus went away again the second time and prayed. 

Mark says “and spoke the same words.” (14:39)

Jesus: O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, your will be done. 

And he came and found them asleep again for their eyes were heavy.

Mark added that “they did not know what to answer him.” (14:40) 

Jesus left them and went away again and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then he returned to his disciples (the third time – Mark).

Jesus: Sleep on now and take your rest. (It is enough – Mark). Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. Behold, he who betrays me is at hand.

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Servants Lack Nothing

 Luke 22:35-38 
Jesus (to his disciples): When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, did you lack any thing? 

Disciples: Nothing. 

Jesus: But now, he who has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say to you, that this which is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: (Isaiah 53:12) for the things concerning me have an end.

Disciples: Lord, behold, here are two swords. 

Jesus: It is enough. 

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Jesus Will Return to Heaven 

John 16:25-33 
Jesus: These things have I spoken to you in proverbs: but the time comes, when I shall no more speak to you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father. At that day you shall ask in my name: and I will not say to you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. 

His disciples: Lo, now speak plainly, and speak no proverb. Now we are sure that you know all things, and do not need that any man should ask you: by this we believe that you came forth from God. 

Jesus: Do you now believe? Behold, the hour comes, yea, is now come, that you shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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The Work of the Holy Spirit

John 16:4-24
…I did not say these things to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

But now I go my way to him who sent me; and none of you asks me, Where do you go?

But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you. But if I depart, I will send him to you.

And when he has come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

  • Of sin, because they do not believe on me
  • Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me no more
  • Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when the Spirit of truth has come:

  • He will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak.
  • He will show you things to come.
  • He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine and shall show it to you. All things that the Father has are mine: therefore I said, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it to you.
  • He shall testify of me: And you also shall bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. (John 15:26-27)

A little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me, because I go to the Father.

Some of his disciples (among themselves): What is this that he says to us, “A little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me”: and, “Because I go to the Father?”

Some of his disciples: What is this that he says, “A little while?” we cannot tell what he says.

Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him.

Jesus: Do you enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me? Truly, you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

A woman when she is in travail has sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and no man takes your joy from you.

And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Truly, whatever you shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.

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Expect Persecution 

John 15:18-27 

Walking to the Mount of Olives, Jesus continued to speak to the eleven disciples. Remember Judas Iscariot left the group in the upper room. 

Jesus: If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 

Remember that I said to you, “The servant is not greater than his lord.” (John 13:16, after he washed the disciples’ feet) If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 

But they will do all these things to you for my name’s sake, because they don’t know him who sent me. 

If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. 

He who hates me hates my Father also. 

If I had not done among them the works which no other man did, they would not have had sin: but now they have both seen and hated both me and my Father. 

But this comes to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. (Psalm 35:19)

But when the Comforter has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me: And you also shall bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. 

John 16:1-4 

These things have I spoken to you, that you should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues. Yes, time comes, that whoever kills you will think that he does God a service. And they will do these things to you, because they have not known the Father nor me. 

I have told you these things, that when the time shall come, you may remember that I told you of them…

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