MODERN-DAY REPORTER SERIES
BETRAYAL AT GETHSEMANE!
“Man of Peace” taken at Sword-point in pre-dawn raid!
Jerusalem, Judea; Early A.M.–Friday; Reporter – Bill Byrnes: In the pre-dawn hours, at this little garden-spot on the Mount of Olives, Jesus of Nazareth was taken into custody by a group of Temple guards, pressed into service by the religious leaders of the Sanhedrin. One of Jesus’ own followers, Judas Iscariot, singled out the young Rabbi to the arresting group. “This was necessary to prevent his escape in conditions without light” said one of the deputies.
This picturesque garden was a favorite after-hours refuge for the young rabbi from Nazareth. Here he would gather his thoughts, and pray, without the pressures of his large group of followers.
Confusion & high emotions almost took control, but it was Jesus
himself who calmed the situation! Reportedly, some bloodshed occurred
when one of Jesus’ followers drew his sword and struck one of the high
priests’ guards , cutting off his ear! Rather than try to escape in the
mayhem, the “man of peace” from Nazareth actually rebuked his followers
shouting, “Put your sword in its place! All who live by the sword, shall
perish by the sword!” Then, amazingly, he went to his injured opponent and
healed the man’s ear with his bare hands! Sources present at the
confrontation said that both sides were awestruck at this selfless act. Then
the rabbi continued with his rebuke saying, “Surely you know I could ask
my Father in Heaven and he would give me more than twelve legions of angels to help! But it must happen this way to bring about what the Scriptures say!” The young man who was smitten, and healed, stood dumbfounded as his comrades left with their captor. As the group left the scene, Jesus’ disciples scattered and ran away.
Daytime view of Gethsamene
It is not known where the betraying disciple, Judas, fled to.
Eyewitnesses said he left in a different direction–appearing to take a
heading towards the Temple. At this point, speculation says that the betrayal
was only for money since there were no other areas of dispute within the
A guard, who prefers to stay anonymous, said that they were to take
him to the house of Caiaphas, high priest of the Sanhedrin, where he would
answer to charges of blasphemy- a crime punishable by death!
One big question remains: any execution must be performed by the
Romans–and, before that, the Roman Governor must approve it.
Speculation says Pontius Pilate, newly appointed Governor, wants to keep
the different factions in this troubled land at peace–which means that he
might approve! But first, Jesus must be found guilty by the leaders of the
Sanhedrin. Every indication is that he will be…in Jerusalem, facts are never
an issue. What the Sanhedrin wants–the Sanhedrin gets!
Caiaphas and Jesus