Mark 14:43-52

Can you imagine betraying Jesus with a kiss?  Do you think that is where the phrase “the kiss of death” came from?  We see here how impetuous Judas was.  I find it interesting that someone who has walked side by side with Jesus for three years, yet never truly had a change of heart.  I will quote Jesus in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto to me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from me for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your souls.”  These words obviously never sunk deep into the heart of Judas.  His chosen path ended up in suicide.  How very tragic.

Peter, even though he later denied Jesus, felt here that he should try to protect Him.  In another gospel, John 18:19, Jesus issues a gentle rebuke saying “Put up your sword, the cup that my Father has given me shall I not drink it?”  Then Jesus reaches out and touches the servants ear and heals him.  This was the last recorded miracle of Jesus.  Now here Jesus rebukes the people who took Him.  In Luke 22:53 we read: “When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” 

It was at this point that the rest of Jesus’ disciples forsook Him and fled just like Jesus said they would.  There is the story of the young man following.  The man laid hold of him and he fled naked.  This is said to be the writer Mark but we don’t have any proof.  Imagine yourself in the position of the disciples with this young man.  Would you follow through with following Jesus or turn back?
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