Friday Early Morning, Easter Week

Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss. Copyright IRI, Inc. Courtesy Gospel Media,

Betrayest Thou the Son of Man with a Kiss?

AND JUDAS ALSO, WHICH BETRAYED HIM, knew the place, for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. And immediately, while he yet spake, lo, he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, cometh thither, and with him a great multitude—a band of men and officers, with swords and staves, lanterns and torches—from the chief priests and the scribes and Pharisees, and the elders of the people.

And Judas drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. Now he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, “Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he. Take him and hold him fast, and lead him away safely.”

And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to Jesus, and saith, “Hail! Master, master,” and kissed him.

But Jesus said unto him, “Judas, friend, wherefore art thou come? Betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?”

Matt. 26:47–50; Mark 14:43–45; Luke 22:47–48; John 18:2–3

Whom Seek Ye?

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, “Whom seek ye?”

They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus saith unto them, “I am he.” And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.

As soon then as he had said unto them, “I am he,” they went backward, and fell to the ground.
Then asked he them again, “Whom seek ye?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am he. If therefore ye seek me, let these go their way”—that the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, “Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.”

John 17:12b; 18:4–9

All They That Take the Sword Shall Perish with the Sword

When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, “Lord, shall we smite with the sword?”

And, behold, one of them, Simon Peter, which was with Jesus, stretched out his hand, and having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

And Jesus answered and said, “Suffer ye thus far.” And he touched his ear, and healed him.
Then said Jesus unto Peter, “Put up again thy sword into the sheath—for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

“Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
“The cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

And in that same hour said, Jesus answered and said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, “Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and with staves for to take me? When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

Matt. 26:51–55; Mark 14:47–49; Luke 22:49–53; John 18:10–11

All the Disciples Forsook Him

Then came the band and the captain and officers of the Jews and laid their hands on Jesus, and took him and bound him. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body. And the young men laid hold on him, and he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.

Matt. 26:50b,56; Mark 14:46,50–52; John 18:12

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