Then Jesus brought them to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go on ahead to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he began to be filled with anguish and deep distress. He told them,“My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.”
He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.” Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep.
He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you stay awake and watch with me even one hour? Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!”
Again he left them and prayed,“My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away until I drink it, your will be done.”
He returned to them again and found them sleeping, for they just couldn’t keep their eyes open.
So he went back to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, “Still sleeping? Still resting? Look, the time has come. I, the Son of Man, am betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. See, my betrayer is here!”
The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a battalion of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him.
Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove.
Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him. Stepping forward to meet them, he asked, “Whom are you looking for?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
“I am he,” Jesus said. Judas was standing there with them when Jesus identified himself. And as he said, “I am he,” they all fell backward to the ground! Once more he asked them, “Whom are you searching for?”
And again they replied, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
“I told you that I am he,” Jesus said. “And since I am the one you want, let these others go.”
Judas had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I go over and give him the kiss of greeting.” So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Teacher!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.
Jesus said,“My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.” Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. One of the men with Jesus pulled out a sword and slashed off an ear of the high priest’s servant.
“Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will be killed by the sword. Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?” And he touched the place where the man’s ear had been and healed him.
Then Jesus spoke to the mob, “Am I some dangerous criminal, that you have come armed with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.
There was a young man following along behind, clothed only in a linen nightshirt.When the mob tried to grab him, they tore off his clothes, but he escaped and ran away naked.
Matthew 26:36–46, 49–54, 56; John 18: 3–8; Mark 14:44, 51–52; Luke 22:51–53