Arriving with a large group carrying swords and clubs, Judas betrayed Jesus by greeting him with a kiss, a prearranged signal so they would know whom to arrest. (see Matt 26:47, Mark 14:43, Luke 22:47, John 18:3)

To protect Jesus, Peter drew his sword and cut off the high-priest servant’s right ear. After telling him to put away his sword, (see Matt 26:52) Jesus said, (Matt 26:53, Good News Translation) “Don't you know that I could call on my Father for help, and at once he would send me more than twelve armies of angels?” It was necessary to show that his capture was voluntary, not by force. He healed the man’s ear and went peaceably with his captors because he knew his time had come.

But the story doesn’t end there – Jesus dying on the cross was a part of God’s plan that will eventually allow everyone who has ever died to return to life in God’s kingdom!

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