Mark 14:48 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me?”
Garden of Gethsemane, following third plea with his Father; awakened Peter, James, John
confronted by Judas and a great multitude (aka, a mob) with several sorts of people:
“officers from the chief priests and Pharisees”, “officers of the Jews” – sent by the Sanhedrin – “came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders”, also called Temple Police
Romans there in supporting role, maintain order by their presence; also from Sanhedrin’s perspective, guilt by association, share responsibility in Jesus’ arrest
Person(s) being questioned:
“the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him” – Luke 22:52
they were the ones who had both prior opportunity and authority to act against Jesus
Question behind the question:
What convinced you to choose this time for this kind of action?
Who do you really think I am anyway?
Have you already passed judgment, is the sentence a forgone conclusion? Is that why you brought the Romans?
Jesus probably didn’t expect one at this point – were not of a mind to do anything more that might indicate they weren’t in charge
had already responded in fear to Jesus’ self-identification – John 18:4-6
if questions were delaying tactic, they were having none of it – the longer all this took, more likely word would get out and plan would be foiled
as for question about identity: probably most really don’t know, just know he represents some kind of perceived threat against current religious and perhaps political system
Mark, Matthew, Luke – if what they were doing was truly right, could have been done “publicly” in daylight; no need for secrecy
this not their first opportunity to take action against Jesus, must be some kind of justification in their minds for night-time raid
more to their show of force than simple need – intended to make a point: this guy is really dangerous, needs to be neutralized or eliminated
perhaps small factor in being so large a group and well armed: if Jesus tried any of his magic stuff, they would be ready
from the use of a betrayer to the time of day and method of arrest to all that took place later – a complete miscarriage of justice… and yet Jesus submitted to it even though he had countless options
he made the point clearly that armed resistance against religious or military/government authority even when they act unjustly is not the appropriate response
even for all that, the end in no way justified the means even though the means were according to God’s divine plan – the right thing done the right way for the right reason according to God’s standard is always right