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BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE
(In Order of Appearance)
NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- John 19:31 – The Jewish leaders did not want the bodies to stay on the crosses during the sabbath day. This sabbath was a very important one. So, since it was Friday,e they asked Pilate to hurry their death by breaking their legs. Then they could carry them away. Pilate allowed it.
- Matthew 26:45-47 – Then Jesus came to his followers and asked them, “Are you still sleeping and resting!? Listen, the time has come—I am now being handed over into the hands of sinful men! 46Get up, we must go. Look! The one who turned against me is near!”47While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve apostles, came. There was a large crowd with him. They had come from the most important priests and the elders of the Jewish people. They had clubs and swords.
- John 18:3-9 – Then Judas took a group of soldiers and some temple guards who were sent there by the most important priests and Pharisees. They had torches, lanterns, and weapons. 4Jesus knew everything which was going to happen to him. He stepped forward and said to them, “Who are you lookin g for?” 5They answered him, “Jesus from Nazareth!” Jesus said to them, “I am the one.” Judas (the one who turned against Jesus) was standing there with them. 6When Jesus said, “I am the one,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7Jesus asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” They said, “Jesus from Nazareth.” 8Jesus answered, “I told you that I am the one. Since you are looking for me, let these men go free.” 9(Jesus said that to make this come true: “I have not lost any of those whom You have given to me.”a)
- Mathew 26:48-50 – Judas, the betrayer, had given them the signal to arrest the one he would kiss. 49Judas went immediately to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” Then Judas kissed him. 50But Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came for!” Then the men who came with Judas reached out and grabbed Jesus.
- Luke 22:48 – But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you using the kiss of friendship to betray me!?”
- Matthew 26:51 – Suddenly, one of the men with Jesus reached for his sword and pulled it out. He struck the high priest’s slave, cutting off his ear.
- John 18:10 – Simon Peter had a sword. He pulled it out and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)
- Luke 22:51 – Jesus answered, “Stop!” Then Jesus touched the servant’s ear and healed him.
- Matthew 26:52-54 – Then Jesus said, “Put your sword back in its place! Everyone who uses violence will die by violence. 53Don’t you think I could call on my heavenly Father for help!? He would bring more than twelve legionsg of angels here! 54But how could the Scriptures come true, if this arrest did not happen!?”
- John 18:11 – Then Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its place! The Father has given to me this cup of suffering. Shouldn’t I drink it?”
- Luke 22:52-53 – This group came to arrest Jesus. They were the important priests, the Jewish elders, and the soldiers who guarded the temple. Jesus asked them, “Why did you come out here with swords and clubs!? Do you think I am a desperate criminal!? 53I was with you every day in the temple courtyard. Why didn’t you arrest me there!? But this is your time—the time when darknessm rules.”
- Matthew 26:56 – All this happened to make the writings of the prophets come true.” Then all of Jesus’ followers left him. They ran away.
- Euripides lived and wrote around 400 BC. The earliest manuscript we have today of his writings were penned 1500 years later, and we have only three copies. Yet people do not claim that his writings are not accurate. We today have some 40,000 ancient manuscripts of the New Testament, some entire manuscripts penned as early as 250 years after Christ, and thousands of fragments representing most of the New Testament penned the same century Jesus lived.
- John 18:15-16 – Simon Peter and another follower went along behind Jesus, but the high priest knew the other follower. This man went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard. 16Peter stood outside at the gate. The other follower, the one known to the high priest, went outside and told the gatekeeper to let Peter come in.
- Luke 5:10 – James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were amazed, too. (James and John were partners with Simon.) Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will catch people, instead of fish!”
- Luke 17:20-21 – Some of the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the kingdom of God come?” Jesus answered them, “God’s kingdom is not coming in such a way that you will be able to watch it. 21People will not say, ‘Look, God’s kingdom is here!’ or, ‘There it is!’ No, God’s kingdom is inside you.”
- Luke 11:45-46 – One of the teachers of the law said to Jesus, “Teacher, when you say these things about the Pharisees,e you are insulting our group, too!” 46Jesus answered, “It will be horrible for you, too, you teachers of the law! You put heavy loadsf on people which are hard for them to carry, but you yourselves don’t even begin to help people carry those loads.
- Luke 11:52 – “It will be horrible for you, you teachers of the law! You have hidden the key to learning about God. You yourselves would not learn, and you have also stopped others from learning.”
- John 18:13 – They brought him first to Hannas who was Caiaphas’ father-in-law. Caiaphas was the high priest that year.b
- Mark 14:66-68 – While Peter was down below in the courtyard, one of the high priest’s servant-girls came to him. 67She saw Peter warming himself. She looked closely at him and said, “You also were with Jesus, the one from Nazareth!” 68But Peter said this was not true, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t understand!” Later, Peter went out to the front part of the courtyard. The rooster crowed.
- Matthew 26:71-72 – Later, Peter went out to the gate. Another girl saw him. She said to the men there, “This man was with Jesus from Nazareth!” 72Again, Peter denied it. This time he said, “I swear, I don’t know the man!”
- John 18:24 – Then Hannas sent Jesus bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.
- John 2:19 – Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple sanctuary and I will raise it in three days!”
- Mark 14:56-58 – Many people were telling lies against Jesus, but their testimony did not match. 57Some men stood up and told this lie against Jesus: 58“We heard this man say: ‘I will destroy this temple sanctuary built by men and build another one in three days—without human hands!’ ”
- John 8:44 – You come from your father, the Devil. You want to do the sinful things that your father wants. The Devil was a murderer from the very beginning. He does not stand with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only talking naturally, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
- Luke 22:59-62 – About an hour later, another man kept insisting, “It is true! This man was with Jesus. He is from Galilee!” 60But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about!” Immediately, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61Then the Lord Jesus turned and looked into Peter’s eyes. And, Peter remembered what the Lord had said to him: “Before the rooster crows in the morning, you will say that you don’t even know me three times.” 62Then Peter went outside the courtyard, and cried bitterly.
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Leviticus 16:29-31 – “This law will always continue for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month,z [not always on the seventh day] you must not eat.aa You must not do any work. The travelers or foreigners who live among you must not work either. 30Why? Because, on this day, the priests will make you ‘clean.’ All of your sins will be canceled in My presence. You will be ‘clean.’ 31This is a very important day of rest for all of you. And, you must fast. This law will always continue.
W. E. VINE
- AN EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF NEW TESTAMENT WORDS – Sabbath did not mean seventh, it meant day of ceasing from ordinary work.]