In this 3rd grade lesson we study our Lord's most bitter Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and His betrayal by Judas Iscariot.
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Agony in the Garden
by Jacopo Ligozzi
This is the story of the Passion and Death of Our Lord. We hear it at church during every Holy Week.
After the Last Supper, Jesus told his apostles that their faith in Him would be shaken. Peter promised that he would never deny Jesus! Jesus said that on the same night Peter would deny Jesus three times.
Jesus took Peter, James and John to the Garden of Gethsemane. He left them and went off to pray by Himself. Even though Jesus was so upset, the three apostles fell asleep. Jesus tried to wake them. However, they kept falling asleep. They had just seen Him at the Transfiguration, but didn’t realize that His promises of His death were going to happen that same night.
Judas arrived with a large crowd. He kissed Jesus on the cheek. That was the sign for which man to arrest. Jesus only said “Friend, do what you have come for.” He could have been mad at Judas. But he wasn't. He just said “Friend.”
Peter was awake by now, and got angry. He pulled out a sword and cut off the ear of the high priest's servant. Jesus told Peter to stop. Jesus knew He was fulfilling scriptures. This must have reminded Peter, James and John of what happened at the Transfiguration.
The men who arrested Him brought Jesus to the high priest, Caiaphas. All the scribes and elders were there. Remember that this was the night of the Passover. They asked for people to tell what Jesus had done that was so wrong. No one had any real evidence. Finally, two men came forward and said that Jesus had said, “I can destroy the temple of God and within three days rebuild it.”
Jesus was asked to respond to this. He was silent. He was ordered to tell them if He was the Son of God. He responded that the Son of Man would come in glory. He was asked if He was the Son of God, but talked about the Son of Man. This was blasphemy to the Jews. They began to beat Him.
Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside. He wanted to be near Jesus, but couldn’t bear to be seen with Him. You’ve probably felt like that at times, where you’re torn between wanting two different things. Peter was asked three times if he knew Jesus. Three times he said no. That’s very different from his words earlier that night.
The Jews then turned Jesus over to the Romans.
Words to Remember:
Garden of Gethsemane
Passion of Christ
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