Who arrested Jesus?

  1. A multitude
    1. (Matt. 26:47,50)--"And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up, accompanied by a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people . . And Jesus said to him, "Friend, do what you have come for." Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him."
    2. (Mark 14:43)--"And immediately while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came up, accompanied by a multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders."
    3. (Luke 22:47)--"While He was still speaking, behold, a multitude came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him."
  2. Roman cohort, commander, and Jewish officers.
    1. (John 18:12)--"So the Roman cohort and the commander, and the officers of the Jews, arrested Jesus and bound Him, . . . "

This is obviously no biblical contradiction. Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us that a multitude approached Jesus in the garden, and they seized Him. John tells us that the arresting party was "the Roman cohort and the commander, and the officers of the Jews . . . " Obviously, the multitude included those who were actually doing the arresting.

 

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