43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.
44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.
51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind. Mark 14:43-52

God’s moment is always perfect. Once His decision had been made, Jesus didn’t have to hang around waiting. The gang of ruffians, led by Judas, emerged from the shadows. Recruited from the street by religious leaders, they were lured into doing the dirty work of the so-called “holy” ones.

Following Judas’ pre-arranged signal, they pounced on Jesus as though He were some dangerous criminal. Jesus protested but they ignored Him and “roughed” Him up just to warn Him not to try anything.

The disciples were stunned. What was all this about and what was Judas up to? They always knew there was something strange about him. He was never really one of them – always cagey, always aloof.

In a vain attempt to do something, Peter unsheathed his sword and took a swipe at the nearest guy, cleanly slicing off his ear. That didn’t work. The disciples, realising that any resistance was hopeless, took off and fled into the darkness, leaving Jesus at the mercy of ruthless men.

An anonymous young man got mixed up in this. Who was he? Most likely the one telling the story, otherwise why the detail?

One thing stands out clearly in this whole story; no other religious book relates the price the originator had to pay to provide the benefits of his life and death for those who follow him. Buddha? Mohammed? Sun Myung Moon? You can think of the religious system of any other initiator and you come up empty. They can tell you what to believe (on whose authority?) and what to do (to gain the god’s approval) but only Jesus, the Son of God, died for the benefit of the whole world to reconcile mankind to the Father!

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Luella Campbell

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