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Jesus -- the Messiah #29

Now the final confrontation with Satan begins.

Read Mark 14:27-51.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “ ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”

30 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”

31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.


32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus Arrested

43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.

51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him,


vv. 29-30 – Peter wanted to be strong, but Jesus knew his weakness in the time of danger.  
Later, after Jesus’ Ascension, Peter would be filled with the Holy Spirit and would speak and lead courageously (recall Mark 13:11).

v. 34 – Jesus needed to prepare for the final battle in His great struggle for righteousness.

v. 36 – Jesus prayed to God the Father as “abba.”  “Abba” is the Aramaic term for
“Daddy.”  We see in this term how close Jesus was to the Father.  In the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples (see Matthew 6:9-13), He invited us to pray to God with the same term and the same intimacy.

We see Jesus’ submission to the will of the Father, as the obedient servant for the sake of the Kingdom:  “Not what I will, but what you will.”

v. 48 – Jesus’ struggle for righteousness was not through violence and war.  It was through self-sacrificing love.  It was God’s love demonstrated to the ultimate degree.

How do you feel about a Messiah and a Savior that is willing to be a sacrificial lamb for the sake of others?  Jesus’ battle for the sake of righteousness is one of self-giving service.

Are you one of the ordinary people God is calling to join the Messiah Jesus in His struggle of love for righteousness?


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