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Jesus prays and is arrested

Jesus prays in Gethsemane and is betrayed by Judas.
Contributed by Sue Bentley
Story also available on our translated websites: Portuguese, Hindi
Jesus took His disciples to the Mount of Olives, which was a place He often went with them. It was time to warn them of what was about to happen to Him. – Slide 1
Jesus explained that everyone would run away and leave Him but after He had been raised from the dead He would meet them in Galilee. Peter said he would never act like that but Jesus warned him ‘Before the cock crows 3 times you will deny Me.’ – Slide 2
Then Jesus took the disciples to a garden called Gethsemane. He led Peter, James and John away from the others. ‘I am very, very sad. Stay here, keep watch and pray,’ He said to them. – Slide 3
Jesus went by himself to pray. He cried out to God. ‘Abba Father, if it is possible, stop this horrible thing that is about to happen to Me. But don’t do what I want, do what You want be done.’ Jesus prayed so hard that His sweat was like drops of blood falling down onto the ground. – Slide 4
When Jesus returned to the three disciples they were asleep. ‘Could you not stay awake for 1 hour? The spirit is willing but the human heart is weak,’ He said sadly. Jesus went and prayed once more and again the disciples fell asleep. He prayed a final time and as He woke the disciples He saw Judas coming towards them. – Slide 5
Judas stood before Jesus with a large crowd. They had been sent by the Chief Priests. Some Roman soldiers were also with them. They all carried torches and clubs and swords. – Slide 6
Jesus asked who they wanted and they said ‘Jesus of Nazareth’. ‘I am He,’ Jesus relied. At once they all fell back onto the ground. Jesus told the soldiers to let His disciples go and then Judas came and kissed Him on the cheek like a friend to show the crowd He was the one they wanted. – Slide 7
Peter was very angry and started to fight with his sword but Jesus stopped him. ‘Do you not think that my Father could send many angels to help? I shall obey my Father and do what He wants. Then Jesus was arrested. – Slide 8
Then Jesus asked the crowd. ‘Why have you come to me with clubs and swords like I am a robber? Every day I preached in the temple. Why did you not arrest me then? But all that God has written will come true.’ Then all the disciples ran away. – Slide 9
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