I find no fault in this man
following is Bruce R. McConkie
s commentary of the parallel passages covered in the
above chapter of the student manual.
The page numbers constitute where the text can be found
in the actual book.
Reading the entire selection constitutes 60 pages.
Jesus Betrayed And Arrested
In the accounts of the betrayal, arrest, and trial of Jesus we see the value of four authors
recording the same events. Each recitation is inspired, but each tells only part of the happenings;
one account is written to appeal to one group of readers and another to a different group; taken
together they recount in a better way than one author alone could do the series of events which
took Jesus to that death out of which came life.
As to his betrayal and arrest, Matthew recites that Judas came with "a great multitude"
sent by the chief priests and elders; Mark adds the scribes to the list of senders; John says the
Pharisees also were involved and adds that Judas was guiding "a band of men and officers."
Matthew and Mark say the arresting multitude carried swords and staves; Luke is silent as to any
armaments involved, while John says they carried weapons and also lanterns and torches.
Matthew and Mark reveal that Judas had agreed beforehand to plant the traitor's kiss.
Matthew says Judas' instructions were, "hold him fast," while Mark records them as, "Take him,
and lead him away safely." Each of the three synoptists recounts that Judas planted the kiss,
while John does not mention a kiss in any connection.
After the traitor's kiss, Jesus said, according to Matthew, "Friend, wherefore art thou
come?" Mark is silent as to any response, and Luke quotes the Lord as saying, "Judas, betrayest
thou the Son of man with a kiss?" Following the betrayal, John alone has Jesus step forth and
ask, "Whom seek ye?" and then admit freely that he was Jesus of Nazareth whom they sought.
John, also, is the sole recorder of the fact that the multitude went backward and fell to the
ground, apparently unable to exercise power over Jesus unless permitted to do so. Thereupon, as
John alone recounts, Jesus again asked, "Whom seek ye?" He was again told and again identified
himself. He then invited the soldiers to take him, asking them to let his disciples go, that, as John
alone editorializes, "The saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest
me have I lost none."
At this point Matthew and Mark tell of the actual arrest, and Luke alone records that the
apostles asked, "Lord, shall we smite with the sword?" Matthew and Mark note that one of the
disciples drew the sword and smote off the ear of the servant of the high priest. From Luke and
John we learn it was the right ear, while John only names the impulsive defender as Peter and
the servant as Malchus.
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