36: The King Betrayed and Tried (2) (Mt
The hour of
darkness had come. The Lord Jesus was betrayed into the hands of wicked men to
be tried and sentenced to death. The sinless Son of God stood in trial before sinners.
What bitter irony! But He gave Himself willingly because of love. In His final
moment before the arrest, He prayed alone in the garden, being in extreme
sorrow. But He did not shrink back in fear. He overcame and left the garden to
meet His captors.
“Or do you think that I cannot
now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with
more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled,
that it must happen thus?” (26:53-54).
Did You Know…?
Gethsemane (26:36): …means “an oil press.” In a field covered with olive
trees, oil presses were used to extract oil from the fruit. An olive grove was
in that place (John 18:1). 12/83 A garden, east of Jerusalem
beyond the Kidron valley and near the Mount of Olives…. 7/465
Legions (26:53): A Roman legion
numbered about 6,000 soldiers. Such angelic protection (of about 72,000
angels!) could easily have defended Jesus from any opposition. 12/85
“Your speech betrays you”
(26:73): Peter had a decidedly Galilean accent that was conspicuous in Jerusalem. 8/1483
1. Record your
observation on how Jesus was most lonely during these painful hours.
1a. Compare the
Lord Jesus and the disciples (You need to look at the whole passage, starting
1b. Observe the Lord Jesus before, during, and after the prayer
and record your observation. What change took place in Him?
2a. If the prayer in Gethsemane
was a decisive struggle, what was the Lord struggling with and how did He
2b. What can we learn from the Lord’s prayer in our prayers to
3a. What did the Lord expect from the disciples? Why?
3b. Why do you think the disciples could not do what the Lord
4a. What does it mean to “watch and pray” (41)?
4b. How does watchful prayer guard us against temptation?
4c. Why did the
Lord add the words to His command “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh
5. Have you ever had the experience of prayer in Gethsemane? Describe the experience and its effect.
6. The chief priests and elders sent a great
multitude with swords and clubs to look for and arrest Jesus (47,55). What does this tell us about these religious leaders
and about the multitudes?
7. Have you ever been “betrayed with a kiss”?
8. How do we sometimes feel compelled to defend a
good cause with a “sword” the way the Lord’s follower did? Why is this wrong?
9. How did the Lord’s words in 53-54 show His
10. Have you
ever followed the Lord “at a distance” the way Peter did? What made you do
11a. How was Jesus’ trial grossly unfair and how did it show the
hypocrisy of the religious leaders?
11b. How did these leaders show their bitter hatred towards
12a. What can we learn from Jesus’ silence?
12b. How do the suffering and humiliations Jesus endured serve as
encouragement for you in your sufferings?
13a. Have you
ever been compelled by adverse situation to deny your faith?
13b. did Peter
weep bitterly? If you were Peter, how would you have felt?