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 »

Mark 14:22-25 This is My Blood of the Covenant

The New Covenants spelled out

The New Covenants spelled out

Jesus and His disciples are continuing on with their Passover meal. The question of “is it me” has run its course as each of His disciples asked it of Him. Jesus never did name names but Judas knew who He was talking about. The others would learn of it later. Now Jesus wants to establish a very personal and special ceremony with His disciples. This will be a remembrance celebration that will last forever.

We encountered this scene in Matthew’s gospel too and talked about it as Our First Communion. In this discussion we looked at the events that took place and the words Jesus shared with His disciples. I want to look at the deeper meaning of the elements Jesus used and what their practical significance.  Read more »

Mark 14:12-21 A Room Prepared

Unleavened bread for dipping

Unleavened bread for dipping

We are less than 24 hours from Jesus’ arrest. It is time prepare for the Passover meal. This will be Jesus’ last Passover supper with His disciples and He wants it to be special. But there are still some matters that need attending to during this dinner.

As expected, Matthew shared this story too. We looked at it in our blog titled Dinner is Served. Feel free to pop back over and review our discussion.

One topic I kept getting side tracked with was exactly when the Passover lamb was killed and did Jesus’ death coincide with that sacrifice. In Mark’s telling of this account he states specifically that “on the first day of Unleavened Bread … they sacrificed the Passover lamb” (verse 12). I guess that answers my question from the last time we talked about this scene. Read more »