Stations of the Cross – 2, Jesus betrayed by Judas and arrested

Station 2
Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested.*

Jesus retreated to Gethsemane knowing full well what would occur there.

The words and actions of Jesus’ final Passover evidence his intentionality in these final hours. John records Jesus knew his time had come; he knew the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God. (John 13:3) Jesus knew Judas would come to find him in the garden.

I don’t know if Jesus foresaw the conflict he would engage in prayer. He did, however, choose to face the final battle head on. No avoidance from the Son of Man. He went to the very place Judas would look for him.

Betrayal of a friend. What could be more painful? Jesus washed Judas’ feet along with all the others. Judas heard Jesus’ words, This is my body broken for you. This is the blood of the new covenant, my blood poured out for you. He heard Jesus’ whisper, What you are going to do, do quickly.

After living together for three years, Judas missed the point. Jesus failed to convince him. How that must have pierced Jesus soul. Fulfillment of prophecy notwithstanding, Jesus knew the sting of failure when it came to his friend.

Jesus was pursued like a criminal, swords and clubs in the hands of the temple guard. They armed themselves to put down insurrection. Jesus readily admitted he was the one they sought. Rebellion was afoot, but not on the part of Jesus and his disciples. Those armed men played into the hands of the REBEL, Satan himself.  This is your hour, Jesus said, when darkness reigns.

Great is the measure of our Father’s love. Jesus drank the cup even in the face of betrayal and false arrest.

* (Scriptural Way of the Cross, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scriptural_Way_of_the_Cross )
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