Day 32: March 27
And he who betrayed Him had given them a signal, saying, Whomever I shall kiss is He; take hold of Him, and lead Him away securely. And coming, straightaway approaching Him, he says, Rabbi, Rabbi; and he kissed Him. And they put their hands on Him, and took hold of Him. And one of those who stood by, pulling a sword, smote a servant of the chief priest, and took off his ear. And Jesus answering said to them, Are you come out as against a robber with swords and wooden rods to take Me? I was with you daily in the temple teaching, and you took not hold of Me; but the Scriptures must be fulfilled. And leaving Him, they all fled. And there followed Him a certain young man, having a cloth cast around on his naked body; and the young men took hold of him; but he, leaving the cloth, fled from them naked. (Mark 14:44-52)
That the Lord Himself, as the Greatest Prophet, represented the state of the church in respect to the Word, is evident from all things of His passion; as that He was betrayed by Judas; that He was taken and condemned by the chief priests and elders. (Doctrine of the Lord 16:5)
Jesus allowed Himself to suffer and be mistreated because it was a fulfillment of scripture. It was a fulfillment of scripture because the nature of people to tend towards selfishness was prophesied even to the point of wanting to destroy the Lord. They rejected Jesus for standing up for the truth of charity and service to others. Have you ever had a negative reaction to fair and constructive criticism?