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The arrest of Jesus according to Mark


After the last supper, Jesus took his disciples to the garden of Gethsemane. He told them to wait while he went a little further to pray. He took along Peter, James, and John.

Jesus began to be sorrowful. He said his soul was very sorrowful to the point of death and he told them to wait while he went a little further to pray.

He went away to pray. He prayed to his father that if it was his will, he should let the cup pass him by. The cup referring to his impending suffering and death. He added, however, that the will of his father be done and not his will.

When Jesus came back, the disciples were fast asleep. He said to Peter, “Could you not watch with me for an hour?” He told them to watch and pray so that they do not enter into temptation. He told them the spirit is willing but the body is weak. Then he left them again to go back and pray. 

He prayed again saying God should let the cup pass him by, but that the will of God should be done. When Jesus came back again, the disciples were still sleeping because their eyes were heavy. He did not wake them up this time. He just went back and prayed the same prayer.

After praying, he came back to the disciples and told them that the hour had come for him to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. He said his betrayer was even close by. 

Soon after this, Judas Iscariot, one of his twelve disciples, came with a great crowd from the High Priest and the elders of the people. They were holding swords and clubs. 

Judas Iscariot had pre-arranged with the people that the person he kissed was the one so they should seize that person. Then Judas came close to Jesus and kissed him. Immediately, they arrested him.

Jesus asked the soldiers why they had come to arrest him like a common criminal, with swords and clubs and they arrested Jesus. One of the bystanders took a sword and cut off the ear of a servant of the High Priest.

Jesus said he was with them in the Temple every day preaching but they did not arrest him, for him to be arrest at that moment was to allow the scriptures to be fulfilled. All his disciples left him and run away.

A young man followed Jesus dressed in a linen cloth but naked underneath. The soldiers tried to arrest him but he left his linen cloth and fled naked.

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