Mark 14:43-52English Standard Version (ESV)
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
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 and struck 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.
A Young Man Flees
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.Accompanying John MacArthur sermon: Judas's Betrayal
Accompanying Robert Rayburn sermon: Jesus in the Hands of Men
The betrayal of Judas - one of Jesus' disciples, one of His twelve close friends, someone he'd spent the past three years with 24/7 - must have been very hurtful.
Yet everything was according to prophecy, and nothing was outside of God's sovereignty or plan. Judas is still responsible for His treachery, but Jesus laid down His life out of His own accord. They didn't arrest Him during His daily temple teaching because that wasn't God's timing.
MacArthur: what He is doing is unmasking the hypocrisy of this clandestine operation in which they’re taking Him at night cause it was a violation of all their laws. His glorious majesty is displayed by the crumbling of the crowd when He says, “I am.” Displayed by the amazing calm, tranquility as He asks reasonable questions. Am I some robber, some highwayman, some plunderer that you need all these soldiers, and all these police? Have I ever tried to run from you? Wasn’t I there every day this week? Where were you? But the reason you’re here right now in the middle of the night on a Friday is because today is the day Scripture is to be fulfilled. And in your witless hostile anger, you are fulfilling the plan of God on schedule…that’s why you’re here. Scripture will be fulfilled. He will die at three o’clock in the afternoon, same time the Passover Lambs are being killed because He is the true Passover Lamb....
Jesus triumphantly knowingly goes to the cross, fulfilling prophecy. There were prophecies about Judas, the betrayer, there were prophecies about the scattering of the disciples. There were prophecies about Him as the Passover Lamb that had to be fulfilled on Friday. There were prophecies about the cross, that He would be lifted up. There were prophecies about Him being pierced by the nails and the sword. It is all what Scripture says. Isaiah 53, “He is led as a sheep to slaughter.” But He goes willingly. He does it out of love for His Father and love for you because it’s your sins that He carried there.
Thanks be to God for this glorious love!
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Mark 14:53-65
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