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The Suffering Savior – The Gospels Merged

June 14, 2012 by  
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Section 143 – Prayer in Gethsemane

      (Mt.26:36-46; Mk.14:32-42; Lk.22:40-46; Jn.18:1)

4 Having said these things, Jesus went with His disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden 2 –a place called Gethsemane– 4 which He and His disciples entered. 3 And when He arrived at the place, 2 He said to His disciples, 1 “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Then He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee 2 –James and John– 1 along with Him, 2 and He began to be deeply distressed, 1 sorrowful and troubled. 2 And He said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed sorrow –almost to death. 1 Stay here and keep watch with Me. 3 Pray that you will not enter into temptation. Then He withdrew, 1 going a little further 3 from them –about a stone’s throw– and He knelt down, 1 and fell on His face 2 to the ground, and kept praying that –if it were possible– the hour might pass away from Him. And He was saying, “Abba! Father! –All things are possible for You. 1 My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; 3 if You are willing 2 –take this cup from Me. Yet, not what I will –but what You will.” 1 And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping –and said to Peter, 2 “Simon, are you asleep? 1 –So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying, so that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing –but the flesh is weak. 1 Again He went away –for the second time– and prayed 2 the same words, 1 saying, “My Father, if this cup cannot pass away unless I drink it –may Your will be done.” 2 And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. 1 So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time –saying the same words once more. 3 Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him; and being in agony, He prayed more fervently –and His sweat became like big drops of blood, falling down to the ground. And when He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples 2 the third time, 3 and found them sleeping from sorrow, 2 and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? 3 Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation. 2 It is enough! The hour has come. 1 –Look, the hour is here, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going! Look, here comes my betrayer!”

Section 144 – Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested

(Mt.26:47-56; Mk.14:43-52; Lk.22:47-54a; Jn.18:2-14) 2 And immediately –while He was still speaking– 1 there, 3 the one called Judas (one of the twelve) 1 came up accompanied by a large crowd 3 (he was leading them) 1 with swords and clubs, who were from the chief priests and elders of the people. 4 Now Judas, who was betraying Him, also knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with His disciples. So Judas –taking a detachment of soldiers, and some officers from the chief priests, 2 the law-teachers 4 and Pharisees– went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 1 Now His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying, 2 “The One I kiss –He is the man. Arrest Him and lead Him away under guard.” So when he arrived, Judas immediately 3 approached Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas –are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” 1 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” –and “affectionately” kissed Him. And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” 4 So Jesus (knowing all that was going to happen to Him) came forward and said to them, “Who are you looking for?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” –Jesus said to them, “I AM He.” (And Judas –who was betraying Him– was also standing with them.) So, when He said to them, “I AM He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So He asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I AM He. So, if you are looking for Me, allow these men go.” –This was to fulfill the word which He spoke: “I have not lost one of those You have given Me.” 1 Then they stepped forward, and seized Jesus and arrested Him. 3 Now, when those who were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we attack with our swords?” 1 And then, 3 one of those who stood by 4 (Simon Peter, who had a sword) 1 reached and drew out his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off 4 his right ear –and the servant’s name was Malchus. 3 But Jesus said, “Permit this arrest!” And He touched the man’s ear and healed him. 4 So Jesus said to Peter, 1 “Put your sword back into its 4 sheath 1 –for all who take up the sword will die by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and He will at once provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? But how, then, will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way? 4 The cup which the Father has given me –shall I not drink it?” 3 Then 1 at that time Jesus said to crowds, 3 the chief priests, and officers of the temple, and elders who had come for Him, 1 “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? 2 Every day I was with you, 1 I used to sit in the temple teaching, and you did not 3 lay hands on Me 2 –you did not arrest Me. 1 But all this has taken place, to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets. 3 But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” 1 Then all the disciples left Him and fled. 2 And a certain young man, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body, was following Him. Then they grabbed him –but he left the linen sheet behind, and escaped naked. 4 So the detachment of soldiers and their commander and the officers of the Jews 3 –having arrested 4 Jesus and bound Him– 3 led Him away to the house of the high priest, and brought Him 4 first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. (Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people.) Section 146 – Peter Denies Jesus (Mt.26:58; Mk.14:54; Lk.22:54b-55; Jn.18:15-18,25) 4 Simon Peter was following Jesus 2 at a distance, 1 as far as the courtyard of the high priest 4 –and so was another disciple. Now this disciple was known to the high priest, and entered into the courtyard of the high priest along with Jesus, but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple –who was known to the high priest– went out and spoke to the female doorkeeper, and brought Peter 2 right into the courtyard. 4 Then the maid-servant who kept the door said to Peter, “Aren’t you also one of this man’s disciples?” –He replied, “I am not.” Now the servants and the officers were standing there, 3 after they had kindled a 4 charcoal fire 3 in the middle of the courtyard 4 –for it was cold and they were warming themsleves. Now Simon Peter was also with them, standing and warming himself, so they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples –are you?” He denied it, saying, “I am not!” 3 And when they sat down together, Peter 2 –warming himself at the fire– 1 sat down with the officers to see the outcome.

Section 147 – Jesus Questioned by Annas

(Mt.26:57; Mk.14:53; Jn.18:19-24) 4 So the high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples and about His teaching. Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in the synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together –and I spoke nothing in secret. Why do you question me? Ask those who have heard what I said to them –see, they know what I said.” When He said this, one of the officers standing by slapped Jesus’ face, saying, “Is that how You answer the high priest?” Jesus replied to him, “If I said something wrong, say what is wrong with it –but if I have spoken what is right, why do you hit Me?” So Annas sent Him –still bound– to Caiaphas the high priest. 1 So those who had arrested Jesus led Him away 3 and brought Him to the house of 1 Caiapahs, the high priest, where 2 all the chief priests and the elders and the law-teachers 1 had assembled.

Section 148 – Jesus’ Trial by the Sanhedrin

(Mt.26:59-68; Mk.14:55-65) 1 Now the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin kept looking for false testimony against Jesus, so that they could put Him to death. However, they did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward 2 –but their testimony was not consistent. 1 Finally two 2 stood up and 1 came forward 2 and bore false witness against Him, saying, “We heard 1 this man 2 say, ‘I will destroy this temple 1 of God 2 that is handmade –and in three days I will 1 rebuild 2 another, that is not handmade.’ ” But even then, their testimony was not consistent. So the high priest stood up before them and questioned Jesus, saying, “Do you have nothing to answer? What is it that these men are testifying against you?” But He remained silent and did not answer. Again the high priest questioned Him, and said to Him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One? 1 –I charge you under oath by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, 2 “I AM 1 –it is as you have said. Furthermore, I tell you: In the future you will see ‘the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.’ ” Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has blasphemed! What need do we have of further witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. –What do you think?” And they answered, saying, “He deserves death!” 2 And they all condemned Him as deserving death. Then some began to spit 1 in His face 2 and to beat Him with their fists; 1 and others 2 blindfolded Him 1 and others slapped Him, saying, 2 “Prophesy!1 Prophesy to us, You Messiah! –Who is the one who hit you?”

Section 149 – Peter Denies Jesus Again

(Mt.26:69-75; Mk.14:66-72; Lk.22:56-62; Jn.18:26-27) 1 Now Peter was sitting outside, 2 below in the courtyard. And one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter 3 as he sat in the firelight 2 warming himself, she looked at him 3 intently 2 and said, 3 “This man was with 2 Jesus the Nazarene 3 as well.” 1 The servant-girl came up to him, and said, “You too were with Jesus the Galiean.” 1 But he denied it before them all, saying, 3 “Woman, I do not know Him 2 –I do not know or understand what you’re talking about!” Then he went out into the entry-way, [and the rooster crowed]. 1 When he had gone out to the gateway, 3 a little later, 1 another servant saw him and said to those standing there, “This guy was also with Jesus of Nazareth” 3 –and he said, “You are also one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 1 –and again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man!” 2 Then the servant-girl saw him, and began to say again to the bystanders, “This guy is one of them!” But again he denied it. 3 Then about an hour later, another man insisted, saying, “For sure, this fellow was also with Him –for he is also a Galilean.” 4 One of the servants of the hight priest (a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off) said, “Didn’t I see you with Him in the garden?” 2 And after a little while, the bystanders 1 came up and 2 were again saying to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them –for you are also a Galilean 1 –because even the way you talk gives you away.” 3 But Peter 4 therefore denied it again; 1 –then he began to call down a curse on himself and to swear, 2 “I do not know this man of whom you speak! 3 –Man! I do not know what you are talking about!” 3 Then immediately, while he was still speaking, 2 a rooster crowed a second time 3 –and the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord –how 2 Jesus had said to him, 3 “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown Me three times,” and, 2 “Before the rooster crows twice, you will disown Me three times.” 1 And he went outside, 2 and he broke down and wept 3 bitterly. (Lk. 22:63-65) 3 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking Him and beating Him; they also blindfolded Him, and questioned Him, saying, “Prophesy! –Who is it that hit You?” –And they were saying many other things against Him –blaspheming.


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

by R. Totten (c) 2003

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