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The Gospel of Mark 14c (2)

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Introduction

Introduce what we have been talking about thus far in chapter 14.
Jesus anointed in Bethany - Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus
Judas to betray Jesus
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
The Garden of Gethsemane
The young boy of fled naked when they tried to arrest him.... John Mark
Tonight we pick up with Jesus before the council ( at night i might add). Illegal!!
So lets begin here Mark 14:53
Mark 14:53 ESV
53 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.
So from the garden of Gethsemane they led Jesus back into the city to the temple region, it is close by the temple that we find the house of the high priest and here we see that many of the elders and scribes came together.
Now they did not have to have the whole Assembly present to put forth a trial, only the leading members had to be there right then, remember they are doing this at night and it was against their own law to do such things under the cover of darknesss
Moving on verse 54
Mark 14:54 ESV
54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire.
So Peter followed as Jesus was led out of the garden and taken to the court yard of the High Priest, and he was sitting with the guards staying warm by the fire but also to hear and see what was going on this evening...
Now verses 55-58
Now verses 55-58
Mark 14:55–58 ESV
55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’ ”
Verse 55 really sums up what is happening here, they were seeking testimony that would support them in their effort to put Jesus to death, so they worked to bring a charge against Jesus.
Many people brought charges against Jesus, they are saying this or that, all false and at times verse 56 says their testimony did not agree.
Verse 57-58, people stood and made their accusations, false testimony and some even repeated what Jesus said concerning the temple.
Truly anything and everything was being said in hopes of it uniting the group against Jesus.
What do you think about the way they went about this, trying to bring false accusations ?
Verse 59 sums it up
Verse 59 sums it up
Mark 14:59 ESV
59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree.
They told so many lies they couldnt even decide themselves what was to be considered truth… just a big bunch of liars.
Verse 60-61
Mark 14:60–61 ESV
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
Mark 14:60 ESV
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”
At this point in the early morning hours the high priest stood up and asked Jesus to answer the charges against him. But Jesus had nothing to say to him about the charges....
At this point in the early morning hours the high priest stood up and asked Jesus to answer the charges against him.
And at that the High Priest asked Jesus plainly, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the blessed?”
Let me ask you a question here, do you think it really matter to the High Priest if Jesus was the Son of God or not at this point?
Verses 62-64
Mark 14:62–64 ESV
62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.
Mark 14:62-
So Jesus answered his question plainly, Jesus said “ I Am” He identifies himself with the God of the OT, whom they claimed to be obedient too.
Jesus also shares with them a OT word that speaks to a future time from David perspective but might have helped them see that He was just who he said he was..
So Jesus spoke from Psalm 11O, verse 1
Psalm 110:1 ESV
1 The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
And how did they receive the words of Jesus? Not well at all… He (HIgh Priest) rejected the words of Jesus and tore this clothes, literally he rent them as a sign of mourning..
and how did they receive the words of Jesus? Not well at all… He (HIgh Priest) rejected the words of Jesus and tore this clothes, literlly he rent them as a sign of mourning..
The High Priest literally rejected that Jesus was the messiah, the Son of God and accused him of blasphemy.... a crime they said deserved death.
And truthfully and he rejected the words of Jesus.
The High Priest literally rejected that Jesus was the messiah, the Son of God and accused him of blasphemy.... a crime they said deserved death.
Remember it is still night, they have assembled under the cover of darkness revealing the true nature of their heart.
Verse 65
Verse 65
Mark 14:65 ESV
65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.
They show their displeasure for Jesus, they gave him tie the guards who were even worse, they covered the face of Jesus, striking him and asking him to prophecy telling them who it was that hit him.
Such horrible mistreatment of our Savior. When you look at the biblical account of Jesus with these sinful people it seems as if the treatment of him by their hands grows. First they hit, then they will whip and beat, and finally we know the crucifixion.
Now in this last section we come to the section of Peter’s denial of Jesus.
This is one of the saddest of passages of the Scriptures concerning the disciples outside of Judas betrayal of Jesus.
So lets examine what is happening , remember Jesus told him before the rooster crows, Peter would have denied him 3 times.
Denial 1. The first one is seen in verses 66-68
Mark 14:66–68 ESV
66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed.
See Peter here, he is in the courtyard of the high priest where all this is talking place. and a Servant girl noticed Peter.
What do you think may have given him away?
Is speech, his mannerisms.... He was from Galilee ......
Many people have seen Jesus and the disciples over the last 3 1/2 years, so they of course have probably seen Peter.
But Peter denies it and walks out of the courtyard hoping no one else has heard her accusation. .. and suddenly he hears the rooster crow.
Denials 2 & 3 . The second one is in verses 69-71
Mark 14:69–71 ESV
69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.”
Now Peter is hoping to not be noticed but she is relentless, she began to tell others, he is one of them. He is one who has been with Jesus all the time.
But verse 70, Peter denies it again, this time in a much harsher tone.
Then a bystander, a stranger in the crowd said, he is a Galilean, certainly you are one of them.
You know when someone from why up north comes here, we recognize they are not from around here by their accent, perhaps the way they act, talk or even eat...
I remember years ago a young family from Washington state moved into KY, and the mother was amazed at what we eat, biscuits and gravy, wilted lettuce and onions.... She thought we were killing ourselves.... She let us know she was not from around here.
So Peter at the bystanders accusation you are a Galilean, Peter swore, cursed the man… I do not know the one who speak off....
and finally Verse 72
Mark 14:72 ESV
72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
Can you imagine how Peter felt as the rooster crowded and he realized what he had done.
The one who pledged to stand with Jesus to the death as now denied him 3 times… Peter is heartbroken and he weeps at the state of his life in that moment
I cannot imagine the stress and strain Jesus was under during this evening. It is a horrible experience. And now Peter is beside himself, heartbroken for he must feel like he has not only let himself down, but he has let the Savior down as well.
Here is a question,
Would we have done any better..... I really doubt it.
And that is the end of Chapter 14
Mark 14:66–72 ESV
66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. 69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” 72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
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