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  The Great Bible Story #111
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Jesus gets arrested

Jacob Ninan
When Jesus and His disciples came to the garden of Gethsemane, He asked them to sit there while He went a little further to pray. He took Peter, James and John with Him and asked them to support Him with prayer. So much was His agony while He was praying that His sweat drops were like blood, and an angel came to strengthen Him. He knew the Father wanted Him to bear the sins of the whole world and die, and He knew this would also mean being separated from the Father at that time when He took the world's sin on Himself. He tried to plead with the Father three times to see if there was any other way this could be accomplished. When He realised this was the only way to save mankind, His eternal love for mankind helped Him to choose the Father's will rather than His own.

In between His prayers Jesus came to see the three disciples, but they were fast asleep! He woke them up and warned them to watch and pray so that they might not enter into temptation. But when He finished His prayer He told them the time was ready for Him to be arrested.

At this time Judas came leading many soldiers to where Jesus was. Judas kissed Jesus, which was the sign he had given to the soldiers to identify Him. Jesus asked him why he was betraying Him with a kiss, for which Judas had no answer. Jesus told the soldiers to let His disciples go if they wanted only Him. Peter took out a sword and started attacking the soldiers and managed to cut off one man's ear. Jesus just chided him for depending on swords, and touched and healed that man's ear.

The soldiers first took Jesus to Caiaphas, the high priest. The chief priests and the rulers tried but could not succeed in bringing any accusation against Jesus. Finally the high priest asked Him if He was the Christ, the Son of God. When Jesus acknowledged it, he tore his robe and cried out saying it was blasphemy for which He should be put to death!

Peter had followed Jesus at a distance and was now sitting in the courtyard outside. A servant girl asked him if was one of Jesus' disciples. Peter denied it. Then another servant saw him and told the others that he was with Jesus. Peter said he didn't even know Him. But then some others said he was surely one of the disciples, which they could make out from his accent. Peter began to curse and swear saying he didn't know Him. Immediately a cock crowed. Jesus turned and looked at Peter, and he went out and wept bitterly thinking of what he had done.


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