Soldiers came at night to arrest Jesus, Luke 22:47-48

Judas Iscariot led a group of soldiers and members of the Sanhedrin, that is to say, the chief priests and scribes.

Judas led them because he knew where Jesus was, and how to get there.

Interesting this group had to do their deeds under the cover of darkness not in the light of day.

A kiss is a greeting of a close friend and is still used in Israel today as a special greeting.

Background Reading:

Soldiers arrive

22:47 While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd arrived. The man called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them, and he came close to Jesus to kiss him. 48 But Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Luke 22:47-48
Read also Matthew 26:47-50, Mark 14:43-45, John 18:1-11

More Information:

These soldiers were from the chief priests and the temple guard. John in his book uses the Greek word speria which means an army division of 600 men. The other three gospels say a multitude or a great multitude with swords and clubs.

What could two swords the disciples had, do against this large group of soldiers?


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