by Christina Farris
43 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.
45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.
46 And they laid their hands on him, and took him.
47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?
49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.
50 And they all forsook him, and fled.
51 And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him:
52 And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.
53 And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.
54 And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
55 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none.
56 For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.
57 And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying,
58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.
59 But neither so did their witness agree together.
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
63 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?
64 Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.
65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands. Betrayal is one of those things that can never be undone, one might be forgiven, but once it done, it done. Judas would kiss his teacher to betray him was the sign that he was the one they called Jesus. He took the temple guards to the garden where Jesus was. Judas said you can lead him away safely. Judas, servants and soldiers fearing a mob in broad daylight probably came to seize Jesus at night in the garden, and most had probably gone to bed or were at their homes. No doubt the hour of being taken was part of the plot. Yet even so, the disciples had a sword between them and would cut off the ear of the servant of the High Priest. Jesus would heal the ear, but not in the book of Mark but in Luke 21. We have to stop for second, that would of been some enlightment as one cut off the ear only to heal it. Why Mark does not include in his tale is he goes about making Jesus and his men guilty as charged. No one makes Jesus guilty as charge the way author of Mark does. John in chapter 18 shows the soldiers coming to cease him and they all fall backwards. None of the other Gospel tells this side of the story. See none of the Gospel carry the full story, but all carry important points that should highlighted when telling from one Gospel to another for the sake of understanding the power and authority of Jesus as he would peacefully go with the soldiers under his own power and not the power of the soldiers. Jesus in John shows the power to control the soldiers that very night by knocking them backward. Jesus tells the soldiers in Mark he was daily with them in the temple and they arrest him not. Now they come with swords and spears as if he was the enemy, a person of distain, or uncontrolled. Jesus said the scripture must be fullfilled and all his disciple forsook him. Even a man who held Jesus fled nake loosing his robe. Some might laugh at that scene of the man running, but perhaps the reality of arrest occurred, he could not move beyond the soldiers who perhaps press around him, or had their foot on the robe, and so he disrobed. It is a theory why the man did not keep his cloak. It might of been long and hard to keep from stepping on when running. Whatever the reason he was seen running off and got his fame of nakeness written in scripture.
Yet all would forsake Jesus with his arrest, especially with Peter cutting off the ear of the servant, and Jesus healing, meaning there would be no war. Luke 22:50-51 tell the healing of the ear. However what is not tell is Peter was kin to the servant he cut the ear off. That part is in John 18:26. He would ask him I thought I seen you in the garden with Jesus at the high priest house. Point being Peter was willing to fight even his kinsmen when it came to Jesus. Yet with the words the scriptures must be fullfilled, Peter is only seen walking some distance behind the soldiers and Jesus.
Soldiers took Jesus to the Chief Priest's house and the religious leaders assemble together for a trial against Jesus. And Peter enter, sat with the servants and stood by a fire to get warm. Perhaps his kinsmen had invited him, the answer unclear. Yet the trial began with many false witnesses. The insurrection perhaps never mentioned here, but the priest and scribes were looking for a reason to kill him. Turning over a table in the temple would not be enough. However threatening to destroy the temple would be enough to perceded with the Roman Court of Law. Yet first they could punish him by their laws.
Before the trial ends and punishment begins we must stop at verse 61 in Mark and see Jesus was asked by one priest if he was the son of the blessed meaning Mary. Jesus said yes and that the priest would see heaven open and the Son sitting on the right hand of power coming down from heaven in clouds. Yet will not all eyes behold this seen. Will not ever knee bow. Alot to think about. At this point the religious leaders cry blasphyme and they seized Jesus and began to spit and hit him with their hands. Also crying it is Prophesy.
What maybe most disturbing is the cry of prophesy, because he spoke of what would come. He was told he was the son of blessed. Yet they fear not any of these things, but that he be taken to legal court of law.Destruction and insurrection would be enough to get Christ crucified. Yet the only crime committed was the threat of destruction of the temple.
Jesus when talking of the destruction of the temple he was talking about his body and it being resurrected on the third day. No one understood these things. We see religious leaders that sat and talk to Jesus in the city streets, now ready to condemn him without a few false witness to cause a trial anyway. This group was after one thing to see Jesus killed as prophesy stated, for the lamb would be lead to the slaughter. Yet did they understand this part of prophesy, probably not, if they did, then they were forcing the act of God, and not allowing God's word to do the work. That why when Jesus caused the soldiers in John 18 to fall back to only showed who power it is for Jesus to be crucified to the reader and not the power of man.
See how man power looks much like God's power, and yet we must examine all the evidence presented. Mark alone can get you to the cross, but it leaves one with questions unanswer beyond the point of these things are prophesy. I not going to repeat my own dealings with prophesy, but I will say this without examining facts behind it, one would not of believed it was God speaking. Sometimes we are not ready for what God will speak to our hearts by his Spirit. Yet what interesting is when another believer is in agreement of prophesy and only revealed later in a different way. That you know it was of God, not man. Are we looking for signs instead of listening. We are told to bow to pray. If we are praying and listening our eyes are shut, if they are open they are only looking around for evidence. Now if you know the difference you might be able to leave them open, but there is a point. Watching and praying, is different then searching. Watching means being attentive to one's surroundings. To be aware of what around oneself and what is to come. Knowing signs to look for in prophesy.
Dear Heavenly Father, let your prophesy to man be fullfilled according to your will and promise, but open eyes as we watch to know your truth. Let us bow with eyes closed but ever watching not for signs but to be aware of those things foretold to your coming. To allow your will to come and not our own. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:1 Corinthians 14:37 KJV 37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.Paul writing to the church in this passage.
Peter writing the church2 Peter 1:19-21 KJV 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.