Today is Wednesday in Holy Week, often called either Holy Wednesday or more commonly, Silent Wednesday. We don’t know much of about what happens today in today in the life of Jesus. Today, though, is setting the scene for what is … Continue reading
This will be our last day in Mark for a while. From January 3-13, I am going to be in the Holy Land, and I intend to put up some daily thoughts from my time there. I also will attempt to upload pictures and videos here to my blog. It will be about 8 hours ahead, so these won’t come in the morning. But hopefully they will come! Pray for us while we are there, and I look forward to sharing as much as possible with you from there!
Today we are looking at Mark 14:43-52:
43 Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 Then they laid hands on him and arrested him. 47 But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 48 Then Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 All of them deserted him and fled.
51 A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.
Today, we see Jesus betrayed, and we see much what we talked about yesterday. They came for Him with swords and clubs. One of the disciples reacted with anger (John tells us it was Peter) but we see that Jesus doesn’t react that way. He willing goes and says in fact, you know you didn’t have to come to me in this way. I taught openly, you come in secret.
One of the spiritual points I always take away from this is we see that as humans how afraid, our worried, how angry everyone was when this was happening, can’t you always get a sense of calm from Jesus? Don’t you almost get a sense of Him being in control in the midst of this? I alway do. He is the calm in the midst of this storm. We see Peter attack. We see others run. We see Jesus full of peace.
Remember, He is peace, in the midst of the storm. He is calm in the midst of the storm. When the winds are blowing and the waves are rocking, He is our calm.
One last thing, you know one of the reasons why I know the Bible is true? If I was going to write something and make up these stories, you know what I’d do? I’d make myself look GOOD. I mean seriously, if I was going to invent all this, I’d be that man.
And look at everyone, except for Jesus. They are imperfect. They make mistakes. All their mistakes are cataloged, for all of us to see. All their failures. We see a young man get so scared, he ran away naked, which was even more embarrassing then, than it would be now.
Know who that man was? Mark. The author of this Gospel. Believe me, I wouldn’t have included that. But he did. Why? Because it shows that Jesus is the only perfect one, He is the only capable saving.
One of the many reasons why I believe the Bible is this, it is the story of God’s perfection and humanities imperfection. It shows the love that a perfect God has for His imperfect creation.
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The closer we get to Thursday and Friday during Holy Week, the more the reality of what is come starts setting in. We have seen Jesus teaching His disciples, we have seen Him teaching the crowds.
Today, on Wednesday, we see something happen, that isn’t about His teaching.
It’s about what is going to happen.
Listen to what happens in Matthew 26:14-16 today:
Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
And of all the things that are painful about cross, this may be the one that heart Him the most, that we don’t think about. He was betrayed. By a close friend. One of His disciples. One that He has trusted. One that He has taught.
He knew betrayal. He knew hurt. He knew what it was like to have someone who He loves hurt Him in a painful, painful way.
He knew betrayal.
So, remember, He can sympathize with whatever it is that we are going through. No matter what pain, hurt, or disappointment we are facing, He faced it.
For our sake.
In this Holy Week, let us not forget what Jesus went through.
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