After saying these things – Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with His disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. Judas – the betrayer – knew this place – because Jesus had often gone there with His disciples. The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons – they arrived at the olive grove.
That’s from the first 3 verses of the Gospel of John – Chapter 18. It’s the start of the suffering and death of Jesus. He had just completed His final prayer to the Father (John Chapter 17). On that Thursday He and His disciples left the city and walked across the dry river valley just outside the east walls of town.
He wanted to pray once more in one of His favorite places – Gethsemane – a beautiful garden of flourishing olive trees along the western foot of the Mount Of Olives. He and His disciples went there often to rest and pray.
Armed Roman soldiers and Temple guards – led by Judas – met Jesus and His disciples there. Jesus already knew what was going to happen.
At The Last Supper Jesus said, “I tell you the truth – one of you will betray Me ! It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.” He gave the bread to Judas who ate the bread. Satan entered into him at that moment. Judas left at once. He went out into the darkness of the night.
I’ll continue this journey through John Chapter 18 – next Sunday Scripture.
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