Mark 14 091023
Today we are going to be headed back into the 14th Chapter of the Gospel of Mark. This is the longest chapter in Mark and it is filled with action. After the service we will all have some cake and celebrate our anniversary as a church.
We will start our text with Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. He is going to ask Peter, James, and John to stay awake, pray, and watch, but He is going to come back to find them sleeping. Jesus is in anguish as He prays, as we get a glimpse of the humanity of Jesus. He knows He is about to be betrayed and knows that He is about to suffer immensely. So He prays that the cup of suffering he must drink may be removed from Him. However He closes with "Yet not what I will but what You will".
Then we will see a crowd coming to arrest Jesus led by Judas, who would betray Jesus with a kiss. At this sign Jesus will be seized and arrested. One of the disciples, however, decides to start swinging a sword and cuts off the ear of the servant of the high priest. Not exactly a prime area to strike someone with a sword. Apparently the disciple who swung the sword was not exactly an expert marksman. Jesus will heal the servant's ear and then be led away while the rest of the disciples flee.
Then we will close out our text with a couple verses about a streaker in the Garden of Gethsemane. Yep, it's in there. Apparently in the tussle a guy dressed in nothing but a linen cloth loses that cloth and runs away from the officers trying to arrest him.