LENT 2018 | DAY XIX

READ Luke 22:45-53

Judas’ plan is now put to action. And with a kiss, he betrays his Friend.

While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

 

The irony here is lost on no one. Jesus is betrayed – not with a shout of accusation or a pointed finger of distain – but with a kiss. A sign of intimate friendship is also the sign the arresting offers are instructed will signify their enemy.

Immediately, the disciples jump up, but are unsure of what to do.

How do the disciples’ response to Christ’s arrest relate to their conversation with Jesus in verse 38?

Though Jesus has taught the disciples relentlessly about the Kingdom of God and has given them warning about what was to come, the disciples are completely lost and confused. And, totally missing the point, they rush to violence against the group arresting Jesus.

How does Jesus respond to the disciples actions?

In tenderness and compassion, Jesus restores the ear of the wounded man. This is the last miracle of His earthly ministry, and it resounds with the profundity of the Kingdom. Jesus touches the man, just as He touched the lepers. Jesus reaches out to the wounded, just as He did the lame and the blind. In His final act of healing on earth, Jesus reaches out to a man attending to His arrest – the arrest that He knows will lead to the grave – and He restores the man’s physical state to the glory of God.

And still … the hands that healed are bound, and He is led from the Mount of Olives to face His trial. The stark contrast is obvious: the glorious kindness of our God and the darkness of our sinful world. In the verses to come we are going to see the relentless way that our world insists on living in darkness. We will see government officials, citizens, and religious leaders consistently ask for the light of the Messiah to be snuffed out, and we will need to call to mind this reminder of Christ’s character – He, too, is relentless. And, in the end, the darkness will not overcome.

Thank Jesus for persisting unto death. Thank Him that He relentlessly lived into the Kingdom of God, and that through His death and resurrection has gained our salvation.

Author: amygannett

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