my friend, go ahead and do what you came for.

jesus arrested in gethsemane

Matthew 26:48 The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss.” 49 So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss. 50 Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.” Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.

Judas had told the crowd to arrest the man whom he would kiss. A kiss on the cheek or hand was a common form of greeting in the Middle East, so this was not unusual. Judas would affectionately greet the man the guards were to arrest and lead away. Jesus’ use of the word friend for Judas was an act of love on Jesus’ part, which shows that God’s love never leaves even the apostate.

But it carried a twist of irony in that both Jesus and Judas knew of the treachery. Jesus was still in charge, and his words do what you have come for amount to him giving permission for the event to take place. The religious leaders had not arrested Jesus in the Temple for fear of a riot. Instead, they had come secretly at night, under the influence of the prince of darkness, Satan himself. Jesus offered no resistance and was duly arrested. Everything was proceeding according to God’s plan. It was time for Jesus to suffer and die.