Summary: The story of Jesus' arrest, trial, and death and is one that ALL Christians should know because it is what Jesus has done for them, and through this knowledge we can willingly and proudly tell others about our Lord's mercy, grace, and love for all.
The Arrest, Trial and Death of Jesus, Part 1
- Reminder, final msg in Mark, Wed Oct 22, will be “open forum” style
- Jesus is demonstrated in this book as a “servant”
-- Today we continue the final week of Jesus’ life and ministry
- Last Sunday we saw three critical things happen:
- 1) Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper with His Disciples
- 2) He reveals that He will be betrayed by a Disciple
-- It is the unfaithful man who will lie to the Lord directly to His face
- 3) God is STILL faithful to fulfill His promises!
-- The covenants of body and blood are forever sealed in the promise of Bible
-- The Word will NEVER pass away; it is our foundation if we live by it
∆ Point 1 – Running Scared (27-31)
- This is probably one of the most pivotal events in the life of Peter (v27)
-- Second only to when he is restored by Jesus for failing Him as he will
-- “Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!" declares the LORD Almighty. "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.”
- Jesus is prophesying that they will ALL flee and deny Him shortly
-- It’s a very prophetic look at how humans react to a trying, difficult time
- (v28) is then the promise, the other side of the coin if you will
-- “But after I have risen …” … HEY! There is more ahead than just this!
-- Peter’s statement was of boldness, but not without its own problems
-- Jesus corrects him and informs him directly of what will happen
- Peter states that he is willing to die (v31), but we know that is false
-- It is where we find ourselves tonight: “How much will we give Him?”
-- How much are you and I will to sacrifice for Him, will we go all the way?
- TRANS: From here, Jesus leads them to a place of solitary to pray
∆ Point 2 – Father …. Please (32-42)
- Jesus retreats with several disciples to pray, to spend time with God
-- It is a sign of intimacy that He shows; where He can commune with the Father
-- He takes these men with Him that He trusts to “keep watch” … for me! (v34)
- What Jesus is asking here is simple: Pray for me while I am praying for you!
-- How do we know this? Because of WHAT He prays … He prays for us
-- He prays for our strength and for what we will be faced with ahead of us
- Jesus lay on the ground, prone, crying out for His Father to hear Him
-- (v35-36) is a representation of what prayer really looks like
-- It is an offering of everything we are, asking for everything we need
-- APP: But, it is not a selfish act – it is an act of total devotion to God
- In the Bible, the cup of God’s wrath is referred to as punishment/judgment