Jesus before the high priest

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:57-68

Jesus has been taken prisoner in or near the garden at Gethsemane, and now He now must face the Jewish high priest for that year, whose name was Caiaphas. Not coincidentally, also waiting at Caiaphas' residence are all of the Jewish chief priests and elders of the people - all the major figures in that nation of Israel's religious think tank.

The betrayal and arrest of Jesus

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:47-56

After Jesus finished praying in the Gethsemane garden, Judas Iscariot re-enters the narrative. Behind him is a "multitude" of people stirred up by the Jewish chief priests and elders.

Just how many people came to take Jesus is up for debate. Matthew, Mark and Luke say a "multitude," and John says a "band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees" (REFERENCE: John 15:3). So what size of a multitude are we talking about?

Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:36-46

In this passage, Jesus takes His disciples to the garden at Gethsemane, a secret place away from the world where the most important prayers in the history of the world are to be prayed - and a place where, in their future, the apostles will look back to as a time when they were witnesses as disciples of the Christ.

Why did Jesus want the disciples to go with Him to the garden?

Peter's denial foretold

TEXT: MATTHEW 26:31-35

Following the Last Supper, Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn (yes, Jesus can sing) and departed for the Mount of Olives. On the way to the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 26:32 that they will all deny Him "tonight".

The word Jesus uses, according to the King James version of the Bible, is "offended," a word which is better translated as "confused."


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