Saturday, March 31, 2012

Easter Countdown Day 4:The Savior's Arrest/Jesus Heals the Soldier

Easter Countdown Day 4

A piece of rope and a soldier

And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.” And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, “Hail, master”; and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him, “Friend, wherefore art thou come?” Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
And Jesus answered and said, “Suffer ye thus far.” And he touched his ear, and healed him.

Matthew 26:47-50; Luke 22:50-51

...How did the Savior react to Judas's betrayal, and the arrest? Interesting note: In this culture, arresting someone at night was a highly illegal practice. Such official business had to be carried out during the day. 
...In other accounts, the apostle who cut off the soldier's ear is named as Peter. Why did Peter do this? How did the Savior react? Why did He heal  the wounded soldier?

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