January 20, 2013
Even simple biblical narratives require careful explanation and application. For example, Alistair Begg demonstrates that in the passage describing Jesus’ capture in the garden of Gethsemane, Mark’s intent was to show Jesus as the one in complete control, accepting the events as those which would ultimately lead to salvation for sinners. There was no need to run or to fight, as the disciples tried to do. Even today, all we must do is avail ourselves of that which Jesus has provided.
43And 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. 44Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” 45And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 46And they laid hands on him and seized him. 47But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant5 of the high priest and cut off his ear. 48And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” 50And they all left him and fled.
51And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, 52but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.
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