Mark 14:66-72 The Bird is Heard

Peter's new nightmare sound

Peter’s new nightmare sound

To me this is one of the saddest stories in the bible. Peter is watching Jesus, on trial for His life, yet the one Peter is most concerned for is himself. We join Jesus in Caiaphas’ inner courtyard as Peter watches from the outer courtyard.

When we looked at this story in Matthew we viewed it through Peter’s eyes. The article containing that perspective is titled: “I Don’t Know This Man.” Today I want to look at it through Jesus’ eyes.

Peter’s denial and Jesus’ trial were happening simultaneously. Peter’s first denial happened just after he arrived. He had been following, from a distance, Jesus and the mob that had Him bound.  Jesus was being questioned by Annas at that time. Read more »

Mark 14:53-65 Jesus Before the Council

Justice was broken that night

Justice was broken that night

Jesus has been led away from the Garden of Gethsemane by the group who came with Judas to arrest Him. He doesn’t resist or cry out. He simply goes with them to the home of Caiaphas, the High Priest. Here He will face His first trial.

We looked at this scene while reading Matthew’s gospel too. The blog where we joined Jesus here from Matthew can be found under the title: “Jesus First Trial.” In that account we put ourselves in the story again. I have to be honest with you here. I don’t know where to go with this story today. I was thinking about looking at what a “normal” trial looked like back then and seeing how it compared with Jesus’ trial.

I had to do a LOT of searching to find the answers I was looking for and of course I turned to Google to do it. I came across two very good sources that I will be pulling most of my information from. The first source is an article from The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, volume 31. It was very useful in describing the details of what a typical trial consisted of and laws governing the courts. All my direct quotes will be from this first source. The second source I found consists of two blog articles posted in monthly Read more »

Mark 14:43-52 Seize Him!

Satin thinks he "caught" Jesus too

Satin thinks he “caught” Jesus too

Jesus, John, James and Peter are together in the garden of Gethsemane. Peter, James and John just recently woke up. Judas and his band of soldiers are approaching our little group. The time has come for Jesus to begin His final process; His trials, crucifixion and resurrection.

As this section is very important, we already looked at Matthew’s account of it. That discussion is titled “The Kiss of Death.” In that post we put ourselves into the action. Please feel free to pop over and check it out.

Jesus has just emerged from His prayer time with the Father. During His last time praying, God ministered strength to Him. He is fully ready to face down everything Satan has to throw at Him. Satan is going to try and hit fast and hard. Read more »

Mark 14:32-42 Pleading In The Garden

In the Father's arms He cried

In the Father’s arms He cried

We are joining Jesus today in one of His favorite places; the Garden of Gethsemane. He went there to pray when He was in the area. It was a quiet spot to get away by Himself and meet the Father. Everyone, including Judas, knew of this special spot.

Matthew shared this event with us in his gospel. You can find that discussion under “Jesus In The Garden.” We took an overall look at what happened that night. Today we are going to look at Jesus’ prayer a bit closer.

We are told that Jesus prayed the same prayer all three times. I believe the words were the same but Jesus’ heart and intent changed throughout the night. The first time Jesus goes deeper into the garden to meet with His Father He tells Peter, James and John that His “soul is very sorrowful, even unto death” (verse 34). Jesus’ heart was breaking. He NEEDED Read more »

Mark 14:26-31 All Fall Away

I could have it all wrong too

I could have it all wrong too

Jesus and His disciples have finished eating. It’s time to take a walk. Before setting out they close their Passover ceremony with a hymn. Their walk takes them to the Mount of Olives.

We witnessed this scene in Matthew’s gospel too. You can check out that blog post: Jesus Tells Peter His Future. We put ourselves into the story in that telling. Today we are challenged to find more pearls than the surface ones we came away with already. Today I want to look at Peter. Read more »