Preparations have been made and the time has come. There is only to wait, and rest, and meet the promised fate. Jesus takes the disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. The disciples, having had a very busy week, having just completed a big meal, and being unaware of what is about to happen simply cannot keep their eyes open to pray. Thus Jesus last moments alone with his disciples end up with Him being truly alone. Just Him speaking with His Father, YHWH.
It’s rather sad that Jesus, the Son of God, is being betrayed by one of His own. These 12 disciples have followed Him for three years now. They have seen the miracles He has done. They have seen Him walk on water, heal the blind, cast out demons, raise the dead, and more. They have heard Him teach. They have heard all the stories about the Kingdom of Heaven, that it is at hand, what it is like, the need for repentance, and what role they will play there. They have even gone out and done and taught the same things with people healed at their hands. Yet, one of their own. One from the big 12 is in the process of betraying Him… of betraying them all. Yet there it is. Not only does he betray Jesus, he betray’s Him with a kiss… and they all go tumbling down. His disciples, including His closest three, all scatter.
What happens next is absolutely amazing. The Pharisees, high priests and elders have Him arrested. That’s a great idea! Only they don’t exactly have their act together. They are fumbling around trying to figure out what to charge Jesus with, and even bringing forward people bear false witness against Him (the 10th commandment). Yet even with all of this, they still can’t seem to get their act together. There seems to be a bit of a spirit of confusion about the place. It takes Jesus Himself giving them the ammunition that they need before they are able to clearly bring a case against Him.
Meanwhile, Peter is watching all of this from the sidelines, full of fear of what is going to happen and what could happen to Him if he is caught. In the process, he is caught. People recognize him, and call him out. So while Judas, the least of the Apostles, betray’s Judas to the Pharisees; Peter, the greatest of the Apostles deny’s Him for fear of the Pharisees. It looks like the Pharisees are getting their revenge.
Yet, there is always hope…