Examination Of Jesus' Death Essay

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Examination of Jesus' Death

INTRODUCTION

I am going to write a detailed account that examines and investigates
the trials of Jesus; I will be examining the events that took place
between the time Jesus was arrested up till he was crucified.

I will also be looking at the roles of certain people and how their
actions influenced and affected the Course of Jesus' life?

THE ROLE OF JUDAS ISCARIOT

On the night Jesus was to be arrested he went to a place called the
garden of Gethsemane where he was only accompanied by peter and the
two sons of Zebedee (John and James). Both Matthew and Mark's gospel
mention this but Luke's gospel gives a vague account saying "... and
the disciples went with him",

He neither names the disciples nor tells us how many of them there
were.

The reason for Jesus going to Gethsemane was to pray as he himself had
predicted that he would die for the sake of man and he wanted to
prepare for this painful ordeal and wanted to be spiritually ready.
Jesus says to the disciples that " the sorrow in my heart is so great
it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch with me." Jesus
continues a little farther on and threw himself face downwards on the
ground and prays with these words, "my father if it is possible, take
this cup of suffering from me! Yet not what I want, but What you
want."

It is clear from the above quotes that Jesus though willing to die for
the good of man but wishes there was an easier solution and Jesus
shows this by firstly verbally telling his companions how he feels and
then later on by expressing how he feels, when he throws himself face
downwards it just reflects his sorrow and it shows Jesus is feeling
low. Jesus feels intense emotion triggered by inner anger, When Jesus
says "yet not what I want but what you want," he is asking God not to
let him suffer.

There is another reason Jesus has gone to Gethsemane in the middle of
the night to pray with only a few disciples because Jesus already
realises that he has to die and if the temple guards tried to arrest
him in broad daylight then they wouldn't be taken to very kindly by
Jesus' supporters and they would protest and wouldn't allow this to
happen. So both Jesus and he's enemies realise this, that is why his
enemies are not forcing the situation and biding their time but as
Jesus has to carry out God's will he decides to give them the
opportunity so he may be seized and arrested successfully.

A while later Judas who used to be a disciple of Jesus but betrayed
him for thirty silver pieces came to the garden with a large crowd of
men who were armed with clubs and swords. The place was dark so Judas
had to identify Jesus by kissing him; this was so that Jesus didn't
get away and so that they arrested the right man. Judas went straight
to Judas and said "peace be...

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