The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew 26, 47 – 56:
While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived, accompanied by a large crowd, with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests and the elders of the people. His betrayer had arranged a sign with them, saying, “The man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him.” Immediately he went over to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and he kissed him. Jesus answered him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then stepping forward they laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. And behold, one of those who accompanied Jesus put his hand to his sword, drew it, and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting of his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot call upon my Father and he will not provide me at this moment with more than twelve legions of angels? But then how would the scriptures be fulfilled which say that it must come to pass in this way?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to seize me? Day after day I sat teaching in the temple area, yet you did not arrest me. But all this has come to pass that the writings or the prophets may be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.
Again I thank the Lord for another beautiful sunny day. It is warm this evening in my house but it will soon get cooler during the night. I thank all those who sent me money by entering names in the Book of Remembrance and others have sent me donations. I will have to repair my van soon. I still need $300 dollars. May the Lord bless you all and give you all the help you need.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I showed My love for you, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters, by My agony, My Passion and My death on the cross. I accepted all this for your salvation. In the reading today, you find that I was betrayed by Judas and then arrested by the soldiers that accompanied him. One of the Apostles cut the ear of the high priest’s servant and I put it back and healed it. I told My followers to put away their swords and clubs because if they use them, they will die from the sword. I added that it was foretold by the prophets that I must be arrested and suffer the passion and then die on the cross. What I am doing now is what My Heavenly Father asked of Me. I must suffer all this so that I can take away all your sins.
My suffering and death on the cross shows you how horrible sin is. I agreed, however, to follow all that I was asked to do, so that you all be freed of your sins. Remember I suffered all this out of love for each one of you. I am your Friend and I want you all to remain My friends and one day you will be welcomed home in heaven. I bless you all.”