July 13, 2014

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

Passage: Mark 14:26-52

This passage is one of the most intense and revealing scenes in the Bible. It reveals Jesus’ full humanity as he staggers in prayer. His weakness is so apparent that Celsus, a second century Greek philosopher who first wrote a comprehensive attack on Christianity, said it was evidence that Jesus wasn’t God. But Jesus’ weakness doesn’t obscure his divinity; it reveals it. Seeing Jesus trust the Father and care for his waffling disciples as he goes to the cross is an astounding account of his steadfast love. Consider Christ’s steadfastness in this final scene before he enters his passion.

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