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Jesus is on a mission. There are a lot of details to work out so that he can complete that God has sent him to do. He knew where he needed to go and he knew what he needed to say. He knew everything. Off he went … on a mission for God.

  • First things first … Jesus prayed. Jesus is always anchored in listening to his holy Father in Heaven.
  • Where would Jesus go? Jesus would go where he went so often. This wouldn’t surprise anyone. Judas would be able to find him. Jesus was going to make this easy for Judas.
  • Who would betray him? Judas would. Jesus knew it. Jesus knew it when he chose Judas as a disciple. Jesus chose him anyway.
  • What is the question? Jesus again made it easy. Twice he asked them who they were after. He answered their question.
  • Who am I after? Is it Jesus and only Jesus?
  • Who would Jesus protect? Jesus would protect the 12 disciples, including Judas.
  • Why is this important? Jesus was on a mission. Jesus had come to die for us all and then be resurrected to be in charge of God’s country (aka the Kingdom of God).

Jesus, having prayed this prayer, left with his disciples and crossed over the brook Kidron at a place where there was a garden. He and his disciples entered it.

Judas, his betrayer, knew the place because Jesus and his disciples went there often. So Judas led the way to the garden, and the Roman soldiers and police sent by the high priests and Pharisees followed. They arrived there with lanterns and torches and swords. Jesus, knowing by now everything that was coming down on him, went out and met them. He said, “Who are you after?”

They answered, “Jesus the Nazarene.”

He said, “That’s me.” The soldiers recoiled, totally taken aback. Judas, his betrayer, stood out like a sore thumb.

Jesus asked again, “Who are you after?”

They answered, “Jesus the Nazarene.”

“I told you,” said Jesus, “that’s me. I’m the one. So if it’s me you’re after, let these others go.” (This validated the words in his prayer, “I didn’t lose one of those you gave.”)

Source: John 18:1-9

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