Up until now, the Gospels had varied on which stories of Jesus the included according to their intended audience. From here on out, the stories converge. Let’s make a composite of all the accounts of Jesus’ arrest (the main text is Matthew).
Matthew 26:47-56 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived.
John 18:2-3 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.
 So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.”
 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
Luke 22:48-49 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”  When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?”
 Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.”
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
 With that, one of Jesus’ companions [Simon Peter-John 18:10] reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
Luke 22:51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
(The servant’s name was Malchus. John 18:10)
John 18:11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?
 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
 At that time Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me.
 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
Luke 22:53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”
Mark 14:51-52 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him,
 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.
John 18:12-14 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him
 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.
 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people.
The variance of the stories actually add credence to the validity of the Gospels in much the same way that varied accounts of a bank robbery give the detectives a big picture. It’s called looking for the C.I.D. (Central Idea of the Text).
What IS the C.I.D.? Jesus knew what was going to happen and allowed the events to flow according to the Plan and the Scriptures.
What an amazing Savior we serve!!!