Jesus said to him [Judas], “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. Matthew 26:50 (Context: Matthew 26:47-75)
The power of moment is impossible to overstate. Jesus’s betrayer marks Him for destruction by greeting Him with affection. Though Judas had given himself over to Satan (Lk 22:3), still Jesus called him friend! Satan’s trap was sprung, his prey surrounded, until Jesus declared himself to the soldiers. They fell back (Jn 18:6)! The soldiers, Judas, and Satan himself simply waited for the King’s next command. Instead of calling for legions of angels Jesus commanded that His friends go free (Jn 18:8). As they watched the crowd of torches press Jesus down the mountain every power in the heavens knew one thing for certain; the Son of Man was given, not taken.
- Note all the details you can see of the power of this moment. (Lk 22:47-53, Mark 14:43-50, Jn 18:1-11)
- Worship with wonder at what Jesus has done!
- “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (Jn 15:13)