Commentaries
English
Matthew
  
55In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me56But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.


Jesus loved His attackers and did not defend Himself against them. He rebuked them gently and showed them their hypocrisy, cowardice, and fear. He told them that they had no authority over Him. He also reiterated the prophecy which said that Christ would be delivered to the Gentiles to redeem them from their sins, that the Lord would strike the Shepherd, and that the sheep of the flock would be scattered.
Until that moment, the disciples had stayed near Jesus. But when they heard that God had delivered Jesus to the hands of His enemies, they fled into the night as desperate men. They had lost every hope!

Prayer
Lord Jesus, You are gentle and lowly in heart. You committed Yourself to Your Father’s will and accepted the judgment against You, the insults, and the suffering even to death. You died a death of shame to deliver us from the divine judgment against us. Forgive us all our sins. Teach us to listen to Your word and believe in You so that we may be molded by Your love, escape the sword of Your judgment, walk meekly according to Your will, and go wherever You wish.
Question
What does the binding of Jesus signify?