Preparing the Way of the Lord

Mark 13 – 14

Mark 13

Mark 13 is the counterpart to Matthew 24. Jesus prophesies that the temple would be destroyed, and the physical temple was destroyed about 70 A.D.

Mark 13:1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Jesus begins to expound on the last days and his return as King of kings; these prophecies were partially fulfilled in the past will be fulfilled in their fullness in the next few years.

13:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 13:4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

The first warning is that many deceivers will come in the name of Christ. Consider this very carefully. This has always been applied to various charlatans but it is just as applicable to us today, and Jesus was speaking to his disciples privately!  MANY FALSE ELDERS have been ordained as elders and priests today, who feign godliness as they lead people astray from the Word of God.

If they do not obey God the Father and they compromise with his commandments then they have NO PART with Christ.

A person is the servant of the one he OBEYS: and if a man claims to be the servant of God the Father and Jesus Christ and he is not obeying God the Father and Jesus Christ; he is NOT the servant of God, no matter what he claims. He is a fraud!

Anyone who teaches tolerance for any sin, is NOT a servant of God the Father and Jesus Christ!

13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Wars and rumors of wars have always been a part of life; yet as this end time progresses, these wars are becoming more and more.

This now obviously coming regional war in the Middle East is a part of this prophecy of wars and rumors of war, and it will NOT be the end; yet, it is also an essential part of setting up the conditions for a genuine dialogue for peace to ultimately fulfill 1 Thessalonians 5:3.

13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

These wars are not the end, however they are the beginning of the end time process.

13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

The scriptures tell us that when peace and safety is declared, Jerusalem is surrounded by armies, and the final false prophet goes to the holy place; the great tribulation will begin. 

At that time, those of God’s people who heed the warnings will be taken to a place prepared of God; while Satan will go to attack and persecute those remaining behind.

Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood [of armies]. 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and [an earthquake destroys the pursuers] swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out [satan had commanded] of his mouth.

Those who chose not to leave will be caught up in great tribulation and will repent and witness before all nations.

12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Today’s professing Christians will NOT choose to leave in any significant numbers, for the pillars are scattered individuals.

The TEST will be a choice between following God against what the corporate groups say; or following these corporate entities contrary to God’s Word and God’s true servants..

There is a mighty work about to begin by God’s two servants and by the repentant remnant of Laodicea! Not an organizational work, but the personal work of repentant individuals when the corporations are destroyed.

Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

The true and complete Gospel will then be published to all nations by the two servants of God and the scattered repentant Laodicean remnant. Then, AFTER the three angels proclaim the Gospel to the whole earth; the Kingdom will come.

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

14:9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations. [by those in the tribulation and by God’s two servants]

13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

If we endure through the tribulation, repentant and zealous for God and all his commandments; as a true godly example for all people; the Laodicean shall be saved.

13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

When the final false prophet goes to the holy place it will trigger the great tribulation. The phrase “ (let him that readeth understand,)” strongly indicates that many will not understand this fact; and therefore will not heed the warnings of God’s two servants. Not seeing the danger the unrepentant Laodiceans will be caught up in the tribulation and will then quickly repent becoming witnesses in their communities.

Daniel wrote that from the setting up of the abomination there shall be a maximum of 1,335 days until Christ comes. Take 1,335 and subtract 1,260 days for the tribulation, and you will see that from the time he is set up in Rome it will take him 75 days to bring the New Europe together and then he will go to the Holy Place to trigger the tribulation.

During that 75 days we will learn the date that he plans to go to Jerusalem which may provide weeks of advance warning

13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: 13:15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: 13:16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. 13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 13:18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days [shortened the time to 1,260 days].

Jesus then warns of the lying wonders of false teachers including the final false prophet. We are warned that wonders and miracles are not the sign of a man of God. The sign of a man of God is that he DOES what God commands!

2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

If the worker of wonders who teaches falsely is not to be followed; What of the man who teaches tolerance for sin who does NO wonders? Such wicked men are NOT to be followed either! 

Deuteronomy 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

Jesus confirms that he was speaking of events DURING the tribulation. He then speaks of the heavenly signs and of the resurrection to spirit from wherever they are.

13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 13:25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 13:27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

Jesus warns that when we see these things begin to happen [like a genuine dialogue for peace, the setting up of the abomination in the Vatican, the coming together of the New Europe and the making of the appointment for the final pope to visit the holy place] we will know the date when the tribulation will start.

The generation that sees these things will not pass before Christ comes WITH his saints to set up the Kingdom of God over all the earth!

13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

At that time Jesus had not yet fulfilled his mission to die for the sins of his creation, and to rise to be accepted by God the Father as the High Priest of our salvation. Later in Revelation 5 these things were revealed to Christ.

Be careful here; it is certainly possible that Christ will come WITH his saints, some time BEFORE the Kingdom is established on the Feast of Pentecost, to destroy the enemy first and then to wait for the day of Pentecost!

13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Be watchful, especially as you see these signs being fulfilled. You need NOT be taken by surprise! You have been warned! You KNOW the signs! Watch therefore as children of the light!  You may not know the exact date, but you know the general time and should be awake, alert and diligently preparing and watching!

1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

13:34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Mark 14

In those days it was customary as it is today to use the word “Passover” to mean the whole period of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The meaning here is that this was two days before the Passover day which is the day before the first High Day beginning the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread.

These elders sought to kill Jesus and decided that it had to be done immediately so as not to be done on the High Holy Day, but to do it on two days hence on the Passover day.

Mark 14:1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. 14:2 But they said, Not on the feast day [not on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread], lest there be an uproar of the people.

Jesus had been teaching his disciples about his coming death and they could not believe him, yet in a lesson of humility for them all, a woman did believe and came to him with tears for His coming death, anointing his head.  Others report that the ointment was poured out on his feet; I conclude that it was poured out on both the head and the feet or that there were two different situations.

John 12:3   Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper [leper is likely a mistranslation of jar maker or potter], as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

Then was Judas grieved for he was the group treasurer and wanted to steal from the offerings and was unhappy that the woman anointed Jesus instead of giving the ointment as an offering. It is clear that whole he sought personal gain, he also did not believe that Jesus was about to be killed. Judas did not know that his betrayal would bring about the crucifixion of an innocent.

14:4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? 14:5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. 

When Judas stirred up a ruckus with the other disciples Jesus intervened

14:6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. 14:7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. 14:8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. 14:9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

Then Judas was offended and went to the chief priests seeking the money he wanted there. Judas betrayed Christ for money as many church leaders betray the sound doctrine of the Word of God for income or prestige today.

Think about it. When we water down doctrine and the practical application of the commandments to gain more followers and money; WE ARE betraying Christ just as Judas did! We do not understand what we are doing even as Judas did not understand what he was doing!

Satan is GLAD when we seek money instead of a close relationship with God through the diligent keeping of God’s Word! Satan is delighted when we sell our birthright to him for the transitory vapor of physical wealth!

14:10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. 14:11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.

Passover and the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread [ULB] were commonly spoken of as one feast, because unleavened bread was also eaten with the Passover meal. We know that this was Passover and not the Feast of Unleavened Bread because the priests had already said “NOT on the High Day” (Mark 14:2).

Unleavened Bread

The Greek New Testament word Artos  “bread” was simply a general word for bread; however Jesus being sinless kept the commandments; hence we know that the Passover bread was unleavened.  In fact it was Christ as the God YHVH of Israel who gave this commandment.  

Artos is a generic Greek term referring to bread of any kind; both leavened and unleavened. The commandments require UNLEAVENED bread for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

The term “bread” is sometimes used because it was well understood by the commandments that the Passover bread must be UNLEAVENED according to the law: This, as we might say during the Feast “give me some bread” meaning unleavened bread but not specifying because the point is well understood.

In Egypt, God specifically commanded to eat unleavened bread with the Passover.

Exodus 12:8 [Strong’s Hebrew numbers] And they shall eat 398 8804 the flesh 1320 in that night 3915, roast 6748 with fire 784, and unleavened bread 4682; [and] with bitter 4844 [herbs] they shall eat 398 8799 it

Luke uses the term Azymous “UNLEAVENED”

Matthew and Mark also use the term Azymous “UNLEAVENED.”

Jesus Christ would not have broken his own command.

1 Corinthians 5:8 [Strong’s Greek numbers] Therefore 5620 let us keep the feast 1858 5725, not 3361 with 1722 old 3820 leaven 2219, neither 3366 with 1722 the leaven 2219 of malice 2549 and 2532 wickedness 4189; but 235 with 1722 the unleavened 106 [bread] of sincerity 1505 and 2532 truth 225.(the feast: or, holyday)

Anyone who says that Christ used leavened bread for Passover is accusing Christ of commandment breaking, which is sin.  To say this about Christ is to reject the scriptures that say he was sinless, and denies the sinless sacrifice of the Lamb of God and therefore rejects salvation.

Exodus 12:8  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Deuteronomy 16:2   Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the Lord thy God, of the flock [sheep] and the herd [goats], in the place which the Lord shall choose to place his name there. 16:3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it;

No leaven was to be eaten with the Passover meal, however leavened products could still be eaten until sunset ending the 14th day.

Paul clearly understood the symbolism of leaven as sin

Speaking of the sin of tolerating adultery; 

1 Corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? [The phrase concerning leaven meaning that even a little sin breaks the whole law.] 

1 Corinthians 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven [of sin and REPENT], that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened [the repentant are free of sin]. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

1 Corinthians 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness [leaven is equated with sin]; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Mark 14:12 And the first day of unleavened bread [not the Feast of Unleavened Bread but Passover being so called because they ate unleavened bread with the Passover lamb], when they killed the [on Passover day the 14th day of the first month] passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover? [the Passover day, NOT the High Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread] 14:13 And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.

The disciples are told to make ready the Passover at a house [probably an inn that rents out rooms for large parties of guests]

14:14 And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? 14:15 And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.

They began the Daily Evening Sacrifice ritual with the hour [time] of prayer at three PM, then there were several hours of prayer and Psalms as well as other rituals; the Evening Sacrifice was then killed and prepared, and then offered on the altar when the sun set.   Then the Passover lambs began to be sacrificed shortly after sunset.

Beware the twists which say that the daily was made at 3 pm; the process of offering the  Daily Evening Sacrifice  only BEGAN at 3 pm.

At sunset beginning the 14th day of the first month the disciples would have taken a lamb for sacrifice according to the law which Christ understood and obeyed in all of its points. The lamb would have then been prepared and cooked for the Passover meal which probably began about 10 pm. 

The Temple Passover sacrifices began AFTER the Daily Evening Sacrifice which was offered immediately after sunset; then came the Passover sacrifices which because of the multitude of lambs continued right trough the night and into the daylight.  After the Egyptian Passover they had no need to sacrifice before midnight since the destroyer of the first born would not return at midnight.

Out of respect for Christ, we keep the Passover at the time that HE kept it, and we speak his words at the approximate time that HE spoke them; that is, after sunset beginning the 14th day of the first biblical month.

14:16 And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

14:17 And in the evening [The Passover lamb could not be killed until after sunset [about 7:30 PM assuming they were first in line], and then cleaned and cooked, so they took the Passover about 10 – 11 pm] he cometh with the twelve.

During the Passover meal Jesus spoke of the betrayer, and the disciples wondered who the betrayer could be.

14:18 And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. 14:19 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?

Jesus replies that the betrayer would dip his piece of food in the dish of bitter herbs with him

14:20 And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.

Judas was chosen to do this deed and did not understand what he was doing. Later when he realized that the priests were going to murder an innocent man Judas repented bitterly. He will be forgiven for Jesus said that all things done against him will be forgiven (Mat 12:32); yet Judas had disqualified himself to be a ruler over one of the tribes of Israel in the resurrection and he had lost his reward and the birthright of his calling. 

14:21 The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.

As the meal ended, Jesus took unleavened bread which had always been commanded to be eaten with the Passover lamb; and explained the meaning of the unleavened bread in regards to Passover. He then did the same for the third blessed cup of wine [the “Cup of Redemption”] which was also always taken with the Passover meal.

These were NOT new or changed symbols; they were always Passover symbols, Christ explained their meaning and why the unleavened bread and wine were taken with Passover.

14:22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. 14:23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 14:24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.14:25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new [after Christ’s resurrection] in the kingdom of God.

The Four Passover Cups of Wine

The Four “I Wills”

During the Temple period Passover that Jesus Christ observed, the participants in the celebration, partook of four cups of wine.  This is what has become known as the four “I Wills.”  It is taken from Exodus 6:6-7. 

Exodus 6:6-7  Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and

I will bring you out from under the  burdens of the Egyptians, and

I will rid you out of their bondage, and

I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:  And

I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God:  and

ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under  the burdens of the Egyptians  [and spiritually liberates us from bondage to sin].

The first Passover cup, “I will bring you out,” is the “Cup of Deliverance” [Sanctification, or Calling Out; to sanctify a people to God]. 

The second cup, “I will rid you out of their bondage,” is the “Cup of Praise and Rejoicing” at deliverance from bondage to sin. 

The third cup, “I will redeem you with a stretched out arm,” is the “Cup of Redemption” picturing the redeeming sacrifice of the Lamb of God.  This is the cup that Christ explained represented his own death as the Lamb of God. 

The fourth cup, “I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God,” is the “Cup of Acceptance” picturing the application of the sacrifice to cover all past sins of the sincerely repentant and so reconcile them to God the Father 

To repeat: During the Ezra post exilic temple period, the first cup handed to the disciples to share, opening the Passover meal was called the “Cup of Deliverance”  which was taken after they opened the service with prayer and sang Psalm 136.

They would then have discussed the deliverance of Israel from Egypt and the first Passover, and a second cup, the “Cup of Rejoicing” was then drunk after singing Psalms 113- 114.

Then a third cup of wine, the “Cup of Redemption” was drunk at the END of the meal; which cup represented redemption through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God; and was the cup that Jesus blessed “at the end of the meal” as representative of his shed blood.

Finally as they were ready to leave for the garden after Christ’s last words; they drank the “Cup of Acceptance,” which might also be called the “Cup of Reconciliation” or cup of unity with God the Father; they then sang Psalms 115 – 118 and ended the service.

Mark 14:26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

Jesus then began to instruct his disciples in what was to happen beginning that very night.

14:27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. 14:28 But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

Peter protests his loyalty

14:29 But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. 14:30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. 14:31 But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.

Jesus leaves his disciples and takes three to be with him as he prays

14:32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 14:33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed [deeply sorrowful , and to be very heavy; 14:34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

Jesus did not want to suffer as he did; yet he was obedient in all things to the will of God the Father, as we also should be.  He gave his life to pay for our sins against him. 

14:35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

They had been up since early the previous morning and were full of wine and food and very tired, still not understanding the terrible spiritual crisis about to fall on them.

14:37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 14:39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.

Jesus knows that the hour had come for his betrayal

14:40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. 14:41 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

14:42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. 14:43 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.

Judas betrays with a kiss

14:44 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. 14:45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. 14:46 And they laid their hands on him, and took him.

A small riot develops which is quickly quelled by the willingness of Christ to go with them.

14:47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

14:48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me? 14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

Judas betrayed Christ and the other 11 forsook Christ

14:50 And they all forsook him, and fled.

14:51 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: 14:52 And he left the linen cloth [night gown], and fled from them naked.

Jesus is taken to the High Priest for judgment

14:53 And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.

14:54 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.

No credible accusers could be found

14:55 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. 14:56 For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. 14:57 And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, 14:58 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. 14:59 But neither so did their witness agree together.

14:60 And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 14:61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing.

Then Jesus declares that he is the Christ the Son of God

Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? 14:62 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.

Jesus is convicted of blasphemy for declaring that he will sit with God on his throne in heaven

14:63 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses? 14:64 Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

Peter fulfills the prophecy of Christ and repents with tremendous bitter sorrow.

14:65 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.

14:66 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest: 14:67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. 14:68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. 14:69 And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.

14:70 And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto. 14:71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. 14:72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept [in bitter repentance].

Brethren, we are now very near the coming of the Bridegroom! Let us turn to our God with ALL our hearts in passionate deep sincere repentance and seek out his ways with all the strength that he gives us. Let us salt our actions with sincere loving obedience to all of God’s will; that we may become a sweet savor to God.  Let us be filled with Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God.

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