Luke 22:39-53 (ESV)
39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
47 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”
- Reflection Questions
- Luke 22:40
- Jesus urges the disciples to pray in view of what is to come. Is there something I am facing about which the words, “pray that you may not enter into temptation,” are particularly apt?
- What has been my practice and attitude toward prayer in light of my battles with temptation?
- What is the content of Jesus’ prayer?
- According to Jesus’ prayer, what should be the outcome of every prayer?
- Why might Judas have chosen this particular way of identifying Jesus to those who came to arrest him?
- Judas was with Jesus for three years, along with the rest of the disciples, who all found their hearts full of love and loyalty toward Jesus. What might be some reasons Judas turned out to be so different? From this, what warnings are applicable to me?