Experiencing Christ

Being Willingly Led by His Creatures to the Cross

Luke 22:52  And Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders who had come up against Him, Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs?  (53)  While I was with you day by day in the temple, you did not stretch out your hands against Me. But this is your hour and the authority of darkness.  (54)  And having arrested Him, they led Him away, and brought Him into the house of the high priest. But Peter followed at a distance

The Man-Savior was not afraid of being arrested. On the contrary, He was bold to face the situation, and He even rebuked the falsehood of those who arrested Him. Actually, the Lord was not arrested; He gave Himself over to those who arrested Him. If He had not done this, who could have arrested Him?

As we read Luke 22:47–23:56, we need to realize who it was who was arrested, judged, and crucified. The One arrested was the very God, God in a man. This means that God was arrested by His creatures, and even arrested in a way of falsehood. Should not the just and righteous God have judged them immediately? But instead of judging them, He tolerated them. He accepted being arrested in order to accomplish redemption both for His followers and for those who arrested Him.

In 22:63 we are told that the men who were holding the Man- Savior “mocked Him, beating Him.” Then we see that “blindfolding Him, they questioned Him, saying, Prophesy! Who is it that hit you? And they said many other things against Him, blaspheming” (vv. 64-65). The One they were mocking, beating, and blaspheming was the God-man; the One who suffered this was God in a man. If we keep this point in mind as we read this chapter, we shall be deeply impressed that it was the God-man who was blindfolded and blasphemed.

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