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The arrest of Jesus according to Matthew

THE ARREST OF JESUS ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

After the last supper, Jesus took his disciples to the garden of Gethsemane. He told then to wait while he went a little further to pray. He took along Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee, James and John. Then Jesus began to be sorrowful. Jesus said his soul was very sorrowful to the point of death so they should 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. He added, however, that the will of his father be done.

When Jesus came back, he saw the disciples sleeping. He reprimanded them, saying, “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 concluded that the spirit is willing but the body is weak. Then he left them again to pray again. 

He prayed again saying God should let the cup pass him by, but that the will of God be done. When Jesus came back again, the disciples were 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 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 arrest that person. Then Judas came close to Jesus and kissed him. Immediately, they arrested Jesus.

One of the people who were with Jesus, took out out his sword and cut off the ear of a servant of the High Priest. Jesus told that person to put away his sword because those who live by the sword die by the sword. He said he could call on his father to send him twelve legions of angels to defend him if he wanted to. However, the scriptures concerning him had to be fulfilled.

Jesus asked the crowd whether they had come out to arrest him as if he was a common criminal. He had been with them all these while preaching in the temple but they did not arrest him. He said all of what was happening had to happen so that the scriptures written about him might be fulfilled.

All the disciple fled and deserted him after he was arrested.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS
1. a. Give an account of the arrest of Jesus Christ, according to the gospel of Matthew.
    b. Identify three circumstances under which a christian friend can forsake another Christian.

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