Jesus stood up for you in the most important time in history. Will you now stand up for Him?
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Mark 14 (ESV)
1 It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him,
2 for they said,
“Not during the feast,
lest there be an uproar from the people.”
3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table,
a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment
of pure nard,
and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.
4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly,
“Why was the ointment wasted like that?
5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.”
And they scolded her.
6 But Jesus said,
“Leave her alone.
Why do you trouble her?
She has done a beautiful thing to me.
7 For you always have the poor with you,
and whenever you want,
you can do good for them.
But you will not always have me.
8 She has done what she could;
she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.
9 And truly, I say to you,
wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world,
what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.
11 And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money.
And he sought an opportunity to betray him.
12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,
his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the city,
and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you.
14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,
‘The Teacher says,
Where is my guest room,
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’
15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.”
16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
17 And when it was evening, he came with the twelve.
18 And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said,
“Truly, I say to you,
one of you will betray me,
one who is eating with me.”
19 They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?”
20 He said to them,
“It is one of the twelve,
one who is dipping bread into the dish with me.
21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!
It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
22 And as they were eating,
he took bread,
and after blessing it
and gave it to them,
this is my body.”
23 And he took a cup,
and when he had given thanks
he gave it to them,
and they all drank of it.
24 And he said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many.
25 Truly, I say to you,
I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine
until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
27 And Jesus said to them,
“You will all fall away, for it is written,
‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’
28 But after I am raised up,
I will go before you to Galilee.”
29 Peter said to him,
“Even though they all fall away,
I will not.”
30 And Jesus said to him,
“Truly, I tell you,
this very night,
before the rooster crows twice,
you will deny me three times.”
31 But he said emphatically,
“If I must die with you,
I will not deny you.”
And they all said the same.
32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane.
And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”
33 And he took with him Peter and James and John,
and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.
34 And he said to them,
“My soul is very sorrowful, even to death.
Remain here and watch.”
35 And going a little farther,
he fell on the ground and prayed that,
if it were possible,
the hour might pass from him.
36 And he said,
all things are possible for you.
Remove this cup from me.
Yet not what I will,
but what you will.”
37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter,
“Simon, are you asleep?
Could you not watch one hour?
38 Watch and pray
that you may not enter into temptation.
spirit indeed is willing,
but the flesh is weak.”
39 And again he went away and prayed,
saying the same words.
40 And again he came and found them sleeping,
for their eyes were very heavy,
and they did not know what to answer him.
41 And he came the third time and said to them,
“Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?
It is enough;
the hour has come.
The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
let us be going;
see, my betrayer is at hand.”
43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying,
“The one I will kiss is the man.
Seize him and lead him away under guard.”
45 And when he came,
he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!”
And he kissed him.
46 And they laid hands on him and seized him.
47 But one of those who stood by
drew his sword
the servant of the high priest
and cut off his ear.
48 And Jesus said to them,
“Have you come out
as against a robber,
with swords and clubs to capture me?
49 Day after day
I was with you in the temple teaching,
and you did not seize me.
But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.”
50 And they all left him and fled.
51 And a young man followed him,
with nothing but a linen cloth about his body.
And they seized him,
52 but he left the linen cloth
and ran away naked.
53 And they led Jesus to the high priest.
And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.
54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest.
And he was sitting with the guards
and warming himself at the fire.
55 Now the chief priests and the whole council
were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death,
but they found none.
56 For many bore false witness against him,
but their testimony did not agree.
57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying,
58 “We heard him say,
‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands,
and in three days
I will build another,
not made with hands.’ ”
59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree.
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus,
“Have you no answer to make?
What is it that these men testify against you?”
61 But he remained silent
and made no answer.
Again the high priest asked him,
the Son of the Blessed?”
62 And Jesus said,
and you will see
the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of Power,
and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
63 And the high priest tore his garments and said,
“What further witnesses do we need?
64 You have heard his blasphemy.
What is your decision?”
And they all condemned him as deserving death.
65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him,
And the guards received him with blows.
66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard,
one of the servant girls of the high priest came,
67 and seeing Peter warming himself,
she looked at him and said,
“You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.”
68 But he denied it, saying,
“I neither know
nor understand what you mean.”
went out into the gateway
and the rooster crowed.
69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders,
“This man is one of them.”
70 But again he denied it.
And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter,
“Certainly you are one of them,
for you are a Galilean.”
71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear,
“I do not know this man of whom you speak.”
72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time.
And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him,
“Before the rooster crows twice,
you will deny me three times.”
And he broke down and wept.
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Mark 14 Summary
v1-11 - Jesus is anointed with the expensive perfume.
v12-25 - Jesus enjoys the Last Supper with His disciples, and inaugurates what we continue to celebrate in the Church still to this day: the Lord's Supper, also known as communion.
v26-31 - His disciples pledge their undying allegiance, for the time being, at least.
v32-42 - These same disciples can't even stay awake to pray with their obviously suffering Lord.
v43-52 - Jesus is arrested, and nearly all of the disciples, except for Peter, flee. The final one runs away naked (v51-52).
v53-65 - Jesus' sham trial comes to an end with Jesus boldly stating I AM when the high priest asked Him if he was the Christ.
v66-72 - Even bold Peter has now denied Jesus, hours after pledging on his life that he would never do so.
Massive crowds have been following Jesus throughout His ministry, with everyone wanting to see Jesus perform miracles. Jesus could have become a political force, because v2 indicates the Establishment was afraid of the crowd following Jesus. But the 'crowd' changes dramatically in chapter 14.
For the rest of the book, whenever the word 'crowd' is used, it refers to a mob that wants Jesus killed, as seen in v43. Jesus, who was wildly popular at the beginning of the week on Palm Sunday (chapter 11), is now abandoned. Verse 50 says, "Then everyone deserted Him and fled."
For many decades, even non church goers at least had a respect for Jesus and many even lived biblically moral lives for the most part, and because of this our society enjoyed tremendous blessings.
Now we live in a day and age where the crowd is once again rallying against the Lordship of Christ.
How will you respond? Will you stand boldly for Christ, taking up your cross and suffering the wrath of the crowd, or will you run away, naked and afraid?
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Pray along with Jesus to "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you."
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: "Not what I will, but what you will."
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