Rev. Clint Smith
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We can often dream or wish for a different set of circumstances in our lives. As Christians we have options as to how we respond to what we identify as successes and failures.
Jesus had prepared His disciples for the moment in this Scripture passage we find ourselves. Christ had foreknowledge of the events which were about to unfold.
Jesus crossed over the ravine at Kidron (murky) and entered into this spiritual warfare in the Garden of Gethsemane (olive oil press), after a time of prayer. John 17
Judas had set his heart on gaining wealth and earthly authority. He led a detachment of troops and officers (potentially 300-600 men), to arrest Jesus.
The Bible tells us plainly that Jesus knew all things that would come upon Him during this fulfilling of prophecy.
Jesus completely obeyed His Father’s will. He set the example for all of His disciples.
Jesus controlled His own arrest. He asked whom they were seeking. They replied, “Jesus of Nazareth” (He Who keeps – separated, crowned, sanctified).
Jesus responded to the arresting authority with the sacred name of God, “I am.” Judas, the troops, and officers fell backwards to the ground when He spoke.
Even in this major physical and spiritual conflict, Jesus remained at peace. Why? How? He is the Prince of Peace.
Jesus protected His sheep. Why? Because He is the Great Shepherd.