And immediately, even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders. The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take him away under guard.” As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. “Rabbi!” he exclaimed, and gave him the kiss.
Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear.
Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.”
Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away. One young man following behind was clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob tried to grab him, he slipped out of his shirt and ran away naked.
Just as he said, they all fled. Just as he said, he was taken. Just as he said, they slept and did not watch. They could not stand.
“Am I leading a rebellion?” “Am I some dangerous revolutionary?” Those resistant to change came with force to take one who was gentle, peaceful, meek but spoke words of change. The change is what raises the objection and gives the reason to quiet him. A change that is inward with outward expression. A change that does not use force but creates a world different enough to be seen as a threat to the present way of life.
Two forces are in conflict and the agent of change is words. Words that are heard and create change. “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” “They have ears but cannot hear.” “ How shall they hear unless someone tell them.” Are we listening? Are we speaking His Word? We need the power the knowledge brings to stand when the change within brings conflict. We need to be in the Word, praying if change is to come. 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
We will read His Word, we will listen to what He says, we will humble ourselves and pray, we will show evidence of change. He will hear us, forgive us and heal our land. This is a Word that is active and alive!