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 →

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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 →

Jesus’ Anointing

We have just been introduced into the final tale of Jesus' betrayal. What awaits us in Mark 14:3-9? The tale begins in the house of Simon the Leper is the suburb of Bethany. Jesus was lounging at the table, back then people laid down to eat. Sounds difficult when I think about it, but probably... Continue Reading →

The Plot Against Jesus

Huzzah! We have survived Mark's collection of end times predictions! Now, it's time to begin the final section in Mark 14:1-2. As I've laid out in previous blogs, the purposeful message of Mark leads us from the divine authority of Jesus to the revelation that he is the prophesied Messiah. What followed then, from chapter's... Continue Reading →

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