Could Jesus Have Stopped His Arrest? (Y1.T2.D54)
Yes, Jesus had the ability to not only stop his arrest but prevent it.
Remember, he said, "No one takes it [my life] away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father" (John 10:18).
He knew he would be betrayed (John 13:21) by one of the Twelve, who dipped with him in the dish (Mark 14:20). By knowing this—if he didn't come to die for us—he could have gathered the disciples and fled Jerusalem and avoided capture in the garden.
And even if his enemies could have somehow found him without Judas' infamous kiss, Jesus had access to the supernatural power of God. He explained to his disciples, "Put your sword back into its place, for all those who take the sword will die by the sword. Or do you think that I couldn’t ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matthew 26:52–53).
It's humbling to realize the depth of love Jesus had for us. He didn't only choose to die—he chose to be betrayed and humiliated and tortured in exchange for our salvation. His extreme sacrifice guaranteed payment for our most egregious sins.
And why would he do this? First John 4 provides the answer:
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us. (v. 10–12)
In this, love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so we are in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn’t love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should also love his brother. (v. 17–21)
So while Jesus had the power to stop or prevent his arrest, he refused out of his immeasurable love for us and his desire for us to receive and extend his love and love one another.
Love Is the Reason for Every Verse
49 When those who were around him [Jesus] saw what was about to happen, they said to him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” (Luke 22:49)
11b "The cup which the Father has given me, shall I not surely drink it?” (John 18:11b)
53 "Or do you think that I couldn’t ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must be so?” (Matthew 26:52–54)
9 For this cause [the faith of early church believers], we [Paul and his companions] also, since the day we heard this, don’t cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, 11 strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, 13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things are held together. 18 He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself by him, whether things on the earth or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:9–20)
51 But Jesus answered, “Let me at least do this”—and he touched his [Malchus] ear, and healed him. (Luke 22:51)
53b But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” (Luke 22:53b)
51 A certain young man followed him, having a linen cloth thrown around himself over his naked body. The young men grabbed him, 52 but he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. (Mark 14:51–52)
14 Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should perish for the people. (John 18:14)
15b as did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered in with Jesus into the court of the high priest; 16 but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought in Peter. (John 18:15b–16)
I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate me from Your love (Romans 8:38–39). Therefore, I will stand firm in my faith, being courageous and strong, and seek to do all things through Your love (1 Corinthians 16:13–14). And where my faith is weak, supplement and strengthen it.
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