Matthew 26:47-56 Deserted

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[d]

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.


Although Peter was willing to fight for you, he was shut down.  You told him definitively that the way of violent revolution was not an option.  I believe this was the moment Peter had been anticipating all along.  He would fight at your side, make a stand for truth and defeat the enemies that opposed you.  The defeat that you would issue was to be wholly different.  You would defeat death through sacrifice.  You would have victory through surrender.

I am in a tactical struggle with issues in life and my church.  Do I take an aggressive stance and oppose what I perceive to be wrong thinking?  Do I submit?  Do I sacrifice?  Give me wisdom about when to stand up and be counted and when to lay down and die.


  1. How did Jesus respond to his arrest?
  2. How did the disciples respond?
  3. How did Jesus know what to do?
  4. How do you make a decision about strategies you use in life?
  5. How do you respond to the actions of Jesus?


About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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