Swords, Clubs and a Kiss

(Matthews 26:34-50)

It was evening when the Lord YAHSHUA, went with His disciples as usual, to the Garden to pray. This was not His regular night in their day to day routine, but His last night as it was, with His disciples. Hours of teachings preceded this moment, when He comforted, warned and prayed for them. Although, the disciples were not with Him in their understanding of all that was happening. Often, He warned them of what was about to happen, but they either ignored or tried to fight the idea. The Jewish authorities however, were waiting for an opportunity when they could get hold of Him without the crowd to fight them. The hatred in their nostrils had to be satisfied if only by killing YAHSHUA. Nothing else would satisfy them. Three years of listening to YAHSHUA’S teachings in one way or another, they refused conviction and change of their ways, instead, they wanted to get rid of Him- the voice of truth, for they did not like what they saw of themselves.  Much had happened that week and in the previous, when He raised Lazarus from the dead, when He rode on a colt expressing to the crowd His messiahship, when He was anointed by Mary at the time a special supper was given Him, when He cleaned out the temple by driving out those who were selling, telling them, It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer; but you have made it a cave of robbers. (Luke 19:45-46). It was the time when He called the nation to repentance, to a relationship with Him, and warned them of their impending future.  His last days on earth were coming to a close with much yet to do as in preparing the disciples to take His place. From chapter 13-18 of John we have reports of the meaningful time He spent teaching His disciples after His last supper with them and before His trials.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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