Oct. 26- Ch. 26

I want to see if I can make some sense out of the timing of Jesus’ arrest.  The chief priests and elders conclude about Jesus’ arrest and execution, “5 ‘But not during the festival,’ they said, ‘or there may be a riot among the people.'”  If the festival they are talking about is Passover, it appears that they backed off of this conclusion when Jesus was arrested on Passover night.  Jewish holidays traditionally begin at sunset and conclude at sunset the next day.

I am wondering if the Jewish leaders took advantage of Judas’ volunteering.  Even though they were relunctant, with Judas’ help, they were able to find Jesus is a secluded place (Garden of Gethsemane), and they went ahead during the festival with their plans.  By the time the masses knew Jesus was arrested, they had already celebrated the Passover feast.

One interesting note that I had never really thought of was Jesus was actually crucified on Passover day.

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3 Responses to Oct. 26- Ch. 26

  1. Shannon Hastings says:

    What were Judas thoughts? Did he perhaps think that Jesus would not be arrested and convicted? That He would some how walk away as H had so many times in the past. The money would be added to their coffers and he (Judas would have pulled one over on the Cheif Priests. Still it seems that Judas was born for this. in vs 24 Jesus said in regard to the one who would betray Him I would be better for him if he had not been born.

    • Randy says:

      Here is my thoughts. I think Judas wanted the religious leaders to “try and arrest” Jesus. I say try and arrest, becuse i think Judas felt if he could get the religious leaders to move on Jesus, Jesus would appeal to his divine powers and show himself to be the triumphant warrior Messiah that many Jews thought he would be. I have nothing to back that up, but just my thoughts.

  2. Larry Martin says:

    Shannon Judas is one person that intrigues me. The real reason of the betrayal was to fulfill prophesy. The motivations of Judas could be many fold. I find it interesting that Jesus at the last supper prepared the cup and bread and had Judas partake of both. At the betrayal Jesus called him friend. Judas heard the call to follow and did. He was sent out as one of the twelve by Jesus to heal and preach. Judas after he realized Jesus was to be crucified killed himself and said according to Mathew I have betrayed the blood of an innocent man. Jesus tells the apostles they will sit on the twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes. Did this include Judas. Jesus did say that it would be better if the man who betrayed Jesus had never been born. Was the pain of Judas so bad that he killed himself. Does the not being born mean as a man and pertain to our worldly life? Does it mean as a soul? I do not know. I personally believe I will see Judas in Heaven but I do not know.

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