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As Jesus walks with His disciples to the garden of Gethsemane He announces they will all desert Him, but after He has risen, He will meet them in Galilee. Peter replies that he will never desert Jesus. <br/>Jesus says, ‘Peter this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.’ <br/>Peter and all the disciples say they would rather die with Jesus than disown Him. <br/>(Matthew 26:31-35, Mark 14:27-31, Luke 22:39, John 18:1). <br/>The walk to the garden of Gethsemane - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 1
At the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus says to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He takes Peter, James and John with Him. <br/>(Matthew 26:36-37, Mark 14:32-33, Luke 22:40). <br/>Jesus Commands the Apostles to Rest - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 2
Jesus is deeply distressed. He tells Peter, James and John, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’ <br/>Going on a little further, Jesus prays, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’ <br/>(Matthew 26:38-39, Mark 14:34, Luke 22:41). <br/>My Soul is Sorrowful unto Death - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 3
Jesus returns to find them asleep. ‘Couldn’t you keep watch with me for one hour?’ he asks Peter. ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ <br/>(Matthew 26:40-41, Mark 14:35-38). <br/>You Could Not Watch One Hour - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 4
Jesus goes away a second time and prays, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.’ <br/>An angel from heaven appears and strengthens Him. In anguish, Jesus prays more earnestly, and His sweat is like drops of blood falling to the ground. <br/>Jesus returns to find His disciples asleep once more. He goes away to pray a third time. <br/>(Matthew 26:42-44, Mark 14:39-41, Luke 22:45-45). <br/>The Grotto of the Agony - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 5
Jesus returns a third time and wakes His disciples. ‘Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.  Get up! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!’ <br/>(Matthew 26:45-47, Mark 14:41, Luke 22:43-44, Luke 22:47). <br/>The Procession of Judas - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 6
As Jesus is speaking, Judas arrives with a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Judas has arranged a signal with them: ‘The one I kiss is Jesus - arrest him.’ Going over to Jesus, Judas says, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ He then greets Jesus with a kiss. <br/>(Matthew 26:48-49, Mark 14:43-45, Luke 22:48). <br/>The Kiss of Judas - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 7
Jesus tells Judas, ‘Do what you came for, friend.’ <br/>Jesus asks the crowd, ‘Who is it you want?’ <br/>They reply, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’  <br/>‘I am He,’ Jesus announced. As He said this they fell to the ground. <br/>(John 18:4-6). <br/>The Guards Falling Backwards - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 8
Peter draws his sword and strikes the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. <br/>(Matthew 26:51, Mark 14:47, Luke 22:50). <br/>The Ear of Malchus - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 9
Jesus intervenes, ‘Put your sword back in its place Peter, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.’ <br/>He then reaches out and heals the injured man’s ear. <br/>Jesus asks, ‘Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and have more than twelve legions of angels rescue me? Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this is happening so the writings of the prophets will be fulfilled.’ <br/>(Matthew 26:52-55, Mark 14:48-49, Luke 22:51-53). <br/>The Healing of Malchus - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 10
The detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrest Jesus. <br/>All the disciples deserted Jesus and flee. <br/>(Matthew 26: 50,56 Mark 14:46, 50-52 Luke 22:49). <br/>The disciples flee - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 11
Later that morning when Jesus is sentenced to death, Judas is filled with remorse and returns the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. ‘I have sinned and betrayed innocent blood,’ he says. <br/>‘What is that to us?’ they reply. ‘That’s your responsibility.’ <br/>So Judas throws the money into the temple and left. <br/>(Matthew 27:1-5). <br/>Judas Returns the Money - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 12
Judas goes away and hangs himself. <br/>The chief priests pick up the coins and decide to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. It became know as the ‘Field of Blood’.  All this had been revealed by God to Jeremiah the prophet who wrote: ‘They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on Him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.’ <br/>(Matthew 27:6-10).  <br/>Judas Hangs Himself - James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 13
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