Mark Has Some Good News, Part 66, Hidden From View Not From God

Mark 14:

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch." 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. 41 And he came the third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand."

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard." 45 And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, "Rabbi!" And he kissed him. 46 And they laid hands on him and seized him. 47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus said to them, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled." 50 And they all left him and fled.


The gospel shames our agenda's

We may have an intended "way" for our lives for our wants and for our agendas but God is more aware of what going to happen than we are of what's going on. Jesus did not have to live in secret he never hid from confrontation or trouble. He knew his fathers will and what he came to do so he boldly taught contradictory doctrine in the Pharisees home turf the temple. He did not flee to the garden to hide from them, he went there to check in one last time with his Father.


And when an armed mob came to arrest him he didn't flee, pass through them or cast them into a lake like so many pigs. He let them take him because it was the only way they could have. Jesus wasn't afraid of preaching to those who needed it most. Often the most prevalent and religious, the crowds and groups who hold all the cards and sit in all the seats are the ones who need his word most. He would oppose their falsehood face to face knowing that when truth is spoken in the light, treachery and lies can't make themselves heard.


This is why he was arrested at night. In a time without electricity night would have been the only time you could get away with murder. What else do you call killing a man who speaks from Gods word with authority, heals the sick and restores the lame and who's only accusation of disturbing the peace was when he insisted people prayed in church?


That murder and the most fitting sermon however short would not be taught to those who would be witnesses to it but to those who would commit it.