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Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
And welcome once again to ‘The Gospel of Mark’!
We’re now entering into the last three chapters of the Gospel of Mark and Chapter 14 is where the Easter story comes into full gear. Check out Chapter 1 first if you’ve haven’t read these blog posts by me on Mark’s Gospel yet. This 16-part blog post series summarises Jesus’ life according to the Holy Bible.
Previously in Chapter 13 of Mark’s Gospel, it was a pretty short chapter. It had Jesus with his disciples on the Mount of Olives. Jesus talked to his disciples about the destruction of the temple and signs of the end times. Jesus also talked to his disciples on the day and the hour unknown for the kingdom of God.
Let’s find out what happens to Jesus in Chapter 14 of Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy!
The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 14
Chapter 14 begins with Jesus anointed at Bethany. The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were secretly scheming to arrest Jesus and to kill him. They decided not to do it during the festival in fear that people would riot.
With Jesus, he was reclining at the table in Simon the Leper’s home. A woman came in with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on Jesus’ head. Some complained that the woman wasted the perfume and they rebuked her harshly.
Jesus told these people to leave her alone, telling them she’s done a beautiful thing. He told them that she poured perfume on his head in preparation for his burial. Meanwhile, Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ disciples, went to betray him. The chief priests promised to give money to Judas in handing Jesus over.
Later on the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the last supper took place. Jesus’ disciples asked him where he wanted them to go to make preparations to eat the Passover. Jesus sent two of his disciples, telling them to go into the city to find a man carrying a jar of water and ask a guest room.
The disciples went into the city; asked and were shown to a large room upstairs, furnished and ready by the man with the jar of water. There, they made preparations for the Passover. When evening came, Jesus arrived with his other disciples. They reclined at table, eating before Jesus said something.
Jesus told his disciples that one of them will betray him. The disciples were saddened by this and wondered who was going to betray him. Jesus told them that whoever dips bread in the bowl with him will be the one. This of course happens to be Judas. Then Jesus took bread and gave thanks for it.
Jesus broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take; eat; this is my body which is given for you.” Jesus then took a cup of wine. He gave thanks; gave it to his disciples and said, “Drink this, all of you.” He told them that the wine is his blood of the covenant, which has been poured out for so many.
Jesus and his disciples then went to the Mount of Olives after they had sung a hymn. Jesus tells his disciples that they will fall away, but Peter tells him that will never fall away. Jesus predicts Peter’s denial of him as he tells them that before the rooster crows twice, he’ll have denied Jesus three times.
They then went to Gethsemane where Jesus told his disciples to sit whilst he prays. Jesus took Peter, James and John with him before he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. He told Peter, James and John to stay and keep watch as he prayed. Jesus fell down to the ground and prayed to his father.
Jesus prayed to ‘take this cup away’ and then saying ‘not my will but yours be done’. Afterwards, Jesus returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. He asked them why they couldn’t keep watch for one hour. Jesus went to pray again until he found his disciples asleep again when he returned to them.
This happened a third when Jesus went to pray and his disciples were asleep. Jesus told his disciples “Enough!” as the hour had come and he was about to be handed over into the hands of sinners. It was at that moment Judas, the person who betrayed Jesus, and a crowd of armed men came to arrest him.
Judas had arranged a signal with the armed men. He told them the man he kisses is the one they are to arrest. Judas then went to Jesus and kissed him. At that, the armed men seized Jesus and arrested him. Then one of Jesus’ disciples drew his sword as he cut off the ear of the servant for the high priest.
Jesus demanded to know if he was leading a rebellion since the armed crowd came with swords and clubs to capture him. He reminds them that he was teaching in the courts and they did not arrest him. Despite this, Jesus knew that the Scriptures must be fulfilled. He was taken away and his disciples fled.
Later, Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin. These includes the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders. They were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they can put him to death. They couldn’t find anything. Many falsely testified against Jesus, but the statements were not working.
Jesus remained silent and gave no answer as these accusations were laid against him. The high priest then stood up and asked Jesus, “Are you the Son of God?” Jesus told him he was. Then the high priest tore his clothes enraged, before they all condemned Jesus to death. The guards then took Jesus away.
Peter, who followed a distance behind Jesus, sat with the guards in the courtyard of the high priest and warmed himself at the fire. One of the servant girls came by and saw Peter, recognising him as being with Jesus of Nazareth. Peter denied it. The servant girl then told everyone she recognised Peter.
The servant girl told everyone Peter was with Jesus. Peter denied it a second time. Those standing nearby soon recognised Peter and insisted he was with Jesus. Peter cursed the people and denied knowing Jesus a third time. Thus the rooster crowed twice as Jesus predicted. Peter ran away to weep.
That’s it for Chapter 14 of Mark’s Gospel. Stay tuned next week for Chapter 15.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!