The Passion of Christ in the Gospel of Luke
A Guide to Meditation and Prayer
Week 5 - Day 3
The Depths of Sin
The Betrayal and Arrest
Meditation on Scripture- Read Luke 22:47-53 and write your reflections in the workbook. Use the summary below for further reflection on the passage. Prayer- Use the Guide for Prayer.
This section begins with the arrest of Jesus. There are several notable things about it. One is that it happened at night, away from the crowds. Jesus commented on this, then noted that this was their hour and the power of darkness. The other thing to note is that one of the disciples used the sword they had with them. The gospel of John says that it was Peter. Peter is here. Fulfilling. His promise to be faithful to Jesus, even to death, by wielding the sword. It apparently hit one of the high priest’s servants a glancing blow but one that cut off his ear. Luke, as a physician is the only gospel that reports that Jesus headed his ear.
Jesus comments on the fact that Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. A kiss in an intimate act of affection. It is reserved for those with whom we feel some degree of fondness. It is ironic that Judas would betray Jesus to his death with such an act of affection.
We might be surprised that there was a crowd of people so bold and brash as to arrest Jesus. They even came armed for violence if that were necessary. Yet crowds are fickle and easily led. People have courage in a crowd that they do not have alone. It took a crowd of people to possess the courage necessary for this audacious act. Today we still see people with the audacity to blaspheme God. As Jesus would later say from the cross, “They do not know what they are doing.”
Things to Consider –
· Peter foolishly used the sword against those who came for Jesus and was reprimanded by Jesus for doing so. Yet Jesus healed the man who received the wound from Peter. How many times has Jesus fixed something wrong you have done?
· Why do you suppose Judas chose a kiss as the sign to indicate which one was Jesus? Have you ever felt like you have been betrayed? By a kiss or some other deceitful act?
· What do you think motivated Judas for so bold an act of betrayal?
· Luke says that Jesus healed the high priest’s servant’s ear. How do you think this servant would have felt about Jesus after that? How would you have felt?
· Do you think that darkness sometimes has its hour?
Guide for Prayer –
· Close your eyes and take one full minute to calm your mind and gather your spirit.
· Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Thank God for what Christ did for us.
· Think about Jesus’ willingness to allow himself to be arrested, knowing it was going to lead to his suffering, humiliation, and death. Thank God for the grace with which Jesus was able to endure his trial.
· Pray for places in the world where Christ’s name is dishonored. Pray that the light of the gospel will shine there. Pray the phrase from the Lord’s Prayer that says, “May your name be hallowed.”
· Thank God for any times when he fixed something you messed up, did not punish you for your sins, or allowed you to experience more grace than you deserved.
· Ask God for more courage not to go with the flow of culture, when it departs from God’s will.
· Prayer to the Father – God, how wicked is the world at times. Help your people have courage in the midst of today’s culture.
· Prayer to the Son – Lord Jesus, thank you for walking a very difficult path for my sake.
· Prayer to the Holy Spirit – Fill me with your grace and help me be willing to stand against the crowd.
· Take some moments to offer your own prayers to God. Offer whatever prayers and praises seem appropriate.