Week 3, Day 4
Week 3, Day 4
January 20, 2022
Scripture: Mark 14
Mark 14 contains the betrayal of Jesus. It is not only Judas’ betrayal, but another betrayal by Peter. Peter disowns Jesus by disavowing knowledge and association with him.
Jesus is cursed as a blasphemer, and betrayed beyond his companions, but by an entire crowd.
We of course know the rest of the story, but try to keep that in the back of your mind for a moment. Mark has been prompting us all along, especially in chapters 8-10, that the Son of Man would be betrayed and killed, and on the third day he would raise form the dead. Peter denied this too, and didn’t understand.
No matter how much foundation is laid for this very moment, the betrayals still sting. How could those who walked with him turn from him now? For those who participated in the feeding of thousands of people, or witness the raising from the dead, or healing of the paralyzed, how can you deny him? For those who have witnesses first hand restoration of sight for the blind, how can they now turn a blind eye to Christ as Messiah?
It holds true: To error is human. Judas, Peter, and others, turn from Jesus. We all have.
What we will soon see is that this is one more act of restoration and healing on the part of Jesus. This is one more act on behalf of not one, but all of creation to bring healing and help. This will be Jesus, not just raising Lazarus, or a child, but an act that will make way for all to be raised to new life.
For now, as we rest on Mark 14 for today, may this passage stir in us a hope in the power of God. He is greater than our sin. Greater than our betrayals. He is mighty to Save.
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.