Jesus Brought Before Pilate

As I mentioned in the previous post, we have entered story mode. That means that agendas and hidden meanings have taken a back seat to simply telling the story of Jesus' trial, death, and resurrection. So, let's watch. Mark 15:1-5. So, after Jesus' confession and the subsequent guilty verdict from the religious elite, they spent... Continue Reading →

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Peter’s Denials

It must annoy Peter to no end that record of his greatest mistake is immortalized for all time in scripture. It would bug me. Despite anything else he might do, he will always be doubting Peter. Poor guy. Let's read it now in Mark 14:66-72. Peter, having followed Jesus to his trial, gets seen by... Continue Reading →

Condemned By the Sanhedrin

Jesus has submitted to the religious authorities, and all of his supporters have fled. Things are not looking up, but they are also looking as predicted, so things should work out, right? In Mark 14:53-65 we have the record of Jesus' first trial before the religious leaders. Peter followed at a distance, I guess that's... Continue Reading →

Betrayal and Arrest

Dramatic pause as Jesus just screamed, "Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer is approaching!" And now... Mark 14:43-52. Turns out, Jesus was right! Here comes Judas with a crown armed with swords and clubs sent by the priests and experts in the law. I have to wonder, do the priests have this mob... Continue Reading →

Gethsemane

The end has begun. Jesus has confronted and comforted those closest to him. He's let them know that it's okay they aren't perfect because God loves them no matter what. Let's see where it goes from here in Mark 14:32-42. Jesus takes the disciples to Gethsemane, asks them to wait while he goes to pray,... Continue Reading →

The Lord’s Supper

After a tense moment at the dinner table, full of stress and self-doubt, we turn to a moment of bonding and camaraderie. Emotional whiplash for poor Judas in Mark 14:22-26. First thing I notice is that Jesus broke bread while they were already eating. It wasn't at the beginning of the meal, it was in... Continue Reading →

The Passover

Jesus predicted it, it's been plotted and planned. Now, it begins, the first day of the last week of Jesus the Messiah in Mark 14:12-21. It is the feast of Unleavened Bread, which lasted for 8 days beginning with the Passover meal. This would today be about 11th April. The feast represents the feast the... Continue Reading →

The Plan to Betray Jesus

Once again, we are skipping stones on the lake of Mark's experiences. That previous tale about the anointing of Jesus seems out of place between the first mention of the plot against Jesus and today's story about the plan to betray Jesus. Today we read Mark 14:10-11. The experts couldn't figure out a way to... Continue Reading →

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