When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.
Comment: This is the anniversary of the last day that Jesus was alive before His crucifixion. Lots of things have been happening in the last week or so. Recently Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and whereas the family were ecstatic the Jewish leaders were infuriated as they saw Him usurping their authority. He had been joyously welcomed into the city as He rode in on a donkey. ‘Hosannah to the Son of David’ they cried! But behind the delighted crowd there were the snarling leaders. He had whipped the profiteers out of the temple which He claimed should be a house of prayer. He had taught wonderful lessons, answering their attempts to trap Him in His answers to their loaded questions. He claimed to be the ‘I AM’, the name of the God from the Ancient of Days. So how much do you consider Him worth? Judas sold the information which led to His arrest for 30 pieces of silver. I suppose it was worth something because eventually it bought a burial spot a cemetery for strangers. Apparently it was worth about $400 in today’s money.
Prayer: Help me to see You for Who You truly are, Jesus! You dazzle me with Your splendour.