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November 18, 2021 6:00 am
Judicious strutting up to him acting like Jesus but all I know the Lord is some sort of me they didn't see what was going on. Telling this Peter tomorrow. Peter must've felt a surge discussed towards Judas again that he had to dismiss very quickly to get in the flesh mark, very likely present for all of this is not some of it at least. He too may have had a surge of that this is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston.
Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the gospel of Mark.
Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, but for now let's join Pastor Rick in Mark chapter 14 as he begins a new study called arrest in Gethsemane. We are in the gospel according to Mark chapter 14 verses 43 through 52 verse 43 and immediately while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the 12 with a great multitude with swords and clubs came from the chief priest and scribes and the elders that his betrayer had given them a signal saying whomever I kiss.
He is the one sees him, lead him away safely.
As soon as he had come immediately he went up to him and said to him, Rabbi, Rabbi, and kissed him. Then they lay their hands on him and took him in one of those who stood by, drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus answered and said to them, have you come out against a robber with swords and clubs to take me.
I was daily with you in the temple teaching you did not sees me, but the Scriptures must be fulfilled. Then they all forsook him and fled. Now a certain young man followed him having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body and the young men laid hold of him and he left a linen cloth, and fled from them naked Mark leaves out a lot of information and that's not a criticism will try to fill in some of it but we can't get it all. This title for this consideration is arrested in Gethsemane Jesus often true to this garden there on the slopes of the Mount of olives right across from Jerusalem to separated by the Kidron Valley and there you were in Jerusalem and at this moment he had just finished praying he had been entering the battlefield of the cross. This would be God's greatest offensive against sin and I use that in the military manner. The offensive monster's great attack against the walls of sin and that of course the cross.
This is also the garden that while he met here frequently with his disciples before this night is being betrayed by one of his disciples this very night and of course we all know who that is. Now look at verse 43 and immediately while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the 12 with a great multitude with swords and clubs came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
Mark calls him Judas here in verse 43.
This will be the last time that he calls him by name.
He refers to them once more in verse 44, as the betrayer with swords and clubs they came well after everybody had gone to sleep.
It's dark out. It's late and pretty soon it will be morning and so their plan was to take him without allowing or reducing the possibility of any resistance that might come up. Mark says this in verse one and two of this 14th chapter of the chief priests and scribes sought how they might take him by trickery and put him to death, but they said, not during the feast less there be an uproar of the people, and as we discussed when we went through that first section in Mark 14. It is during the feast because they warning control price was in control of everything and yet there we discover from that one verse that they wanted to avoid the uproar. Will the coming at night is helping them along with this.
John writes in the third chapter of his gospel. These words of Jesus. This is concerning the night that they've come out. This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.
And while John is not referring to this very moment when he wrote those words, it is a fact, nonetheless, these men were in darkness. The men who were issuing this warrant for his arrest and those that were opposed to the Christ. He says here in verse 43 they came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
This is pure arrogance on their part, these guys felt superior to everybody else. To the people they felt the masses were too ignorant and unschooled to ever disagree with them. At one point John records a moment where Jesus gave sight to a blind man in the blind man was so taken by Grice and he was standing up to these guys. They were trying to get him to, you know, just a side with them and he would not even mock them at one point. It's funny you guys all know this, Jesus is a gamy site. While this was their response. Are you teaching us quote unquote John nine verse 34. You have no right to disagree with us. We are the keepers of knowledge will this practice is been the case ever since men have been putting their ideas on paper or some other means of writing them down and we of course we care what God has to say.
Thank God they are very intelligent people in Christianity and thank God there are those that on as intelligence, but are just a spiritual just as effective. Even these Pharisees and the scribes and the chief priests. They were incapable of appreciating the miracles the teachings of virtuous life. Why because they loved darkness. Their deeds were evil people could not see that the miracles of Christ in his teachings and his virtuous life. They resented the fact that the people like that, more than them rather than repent. Look to get rid of Christ because he did what he did on Saturday their Sabbath because he did not stand for their arrogance and hypocrisy, but rather expose them for it and the temple goers though they were too dumb to realize that Christ was the problem. Bottom line is they disagree with God. We should never lose sight of who these men were because they've always been around, they will until Christ returns. While we we want to share the gospel. We do not want to be influenced from the gospel because of their position. Those fishermen those men around Christ. They were no longer impressed with anybody but Christ, when it came to God. Jesus was the one that had their full attention.
That doesn't mean that the disrespected others of God, he certainly would love John the Baptist verse 44.
Now, his betrayer had given them a signal saying whomever I can see is the one sees him and lead him away safely while Judas was totally involved with hell at this point, and after identifying Jesus he's thinking was going to be up to them and I'll be out of the picture and yet he will be this word from this betrayer. Whomever I kiss. While the essence of sin is the corruption of a good thing, and this is a corrupt gesture adjuster that is supposed to mean far more than what he is using it for is hypocrisy. Of course, is just the smaller part of his offenses but Judas greedy in his own way, learn nothing from the Scripture had he not read the story of Hazel. Had he not read about the servant that poured water on the hands of Elijah. And yet he's doing the same thing Bible study counts is what you do with. You can either study the Bible fall asleep when the Bible being taught.
I get anybody not yet whirly into it. You can do something with. So when Paul writes to the Corinthians that you know we reached the point we despaired even of life we thought we had had it needed Bible study at the moment he was in despair but it was because of his Bible study that he got through the moments of despair. It matters if it didn't matter. Satan wouldn't target it does there it is in the Scripture, Judas Hayes, I was greedy and he was struck with leprosy because he defiled a good thing from God.
The general came in with his leprosy and he fussed a little bit with the prophet but loved ones.
Encourage him to just submit and he did and he dipped in the Jordan seven times and his skin was restored, pick it up and second Kings chapter 5 this is the prophet dealing with a Hayes. I who when Naaman said I want to reward you for this. I want to give you garments in gold and pay you for healing me in the province. God did this not me and get Hayes I witnessing it says I'll get it. So Naaman goes on down the road and get his eye runs after him. This is all my master has changed his mind and then he gets the garments in the gold he buries it hides it and he comes back in the prophet is waiting for him prophet says is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants.
Therefore, the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and he went out from his presence.
Leprosy, as white as snow question again his eyes.
Was it worth it. Was it worth it. The trinkets of this world.
Question Judas Iscariot, betrayer of Jesus Christ was a war that maybe you're Christian you struggling and you think God is not delivering on time for you and maybe you thinking about turning away from the faith and going to the world. Ask yourself the question, is it worth it is worth turning against the Lord. It is better to suffer affliction than to suffer an eternal hell affliction in this life that is. And so it says Judas giving them advice now and lead him away safely. I'll identify him and you lead him away safely to the judicial murder that awaits him hey boys, bring him in safely so we can murder him our way.
That's what was going on were not impressed with Judas encouragement to lead him away safely. This calls for nonviolence from this man who is leading the Lord into violence in note Judas the veiled effort on his part to protect his sense of nobility or you know one another and you can say well they didn't want things to you know they started abusing the Lord the disciples might jump in and then would be a blood bath in the disciples would lose. I think it's a combination of but we do read the Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed, it would have been good for that man if he had never been born. It wasn't worth Judas, but it's too late for him, but it's not too late for those who come under Bible study.
Whether you are listening to a pastor teach the word or you are in your own private time receiving the word. However, it is there is goal to be found in the study of God's word gold for life that is verse 45. I guess the prosperity teachers would see that a different way with this goal. I'll get it anyway greedy brothers verse 45. If you into prosperity teaching you're offended by that you should be offended by that because there's so much more Christ in you getting something from him but we have much to do.
Verse 45. As soon as he had come immediately he went up to him and said to him, Rabbi, Rabbi, and kissed him as soon as he had come.
Wasting no time, supposing himself to be clever at this point, blinded by Satan unable to see that God was in control, not Judas, and he says Rabbi Rabbi, why not, Lord, Lord, Satan was now the Lord of Judas Iscariot, Luke's gospel chapter 6 Jesus asked this question, why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say that in John 80 says you are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do those two verses Judas was present for he heard these things, they did not register with him. He dismissed the word of God from the son of God says here and he kissed him. In verse 45 in the Greek it's emphatic.
It's a demonstrative kiss. It's not a pack it's a kiss on the cheek, but it's a clearer deliberate sort of a grab the shoulders and just the cheek and everybody knows zero. Probably both sides of boutiques. Everybody knows okay that's the one that's the signal again. Luke's gospel, he adds this, but Jesus said to him, Judas you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss your we might say seriously you really I mean is, is that the signal course crisis. Totally aware of what's going on and he still giving us lessons from the Scriptures. Incidentally, these disciples, though they were very comfortable with the Lord. They were not that chummy with him. He maintained a distance between superior and subordinate and example is a few of my head, take them out for time say, but I give one. Luke nine verse 25 but they did not understand, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying, well, if they were so chummy with them. They would never have been afraid to ask him about the same, but there was that line there. You know you want your Tatum points that Peter could argue with them to a point. But then there was still that wall and my reason for saying this is that this was out of character. I think Judas just strutting up to him acting like Jesus but all my Rabbi and as though the Lord was some sort of dummy. They didn't see what was going on and telling this Peter tomorrow.
Peter must've felt a surge of disgust towards Judas again that he had to dismiss very quickly to get in the flesh mark, very likely present for all of this is not some of it at least. He too may have had a surge of that feeling that they love the Lord so much as comes out in the story and we also find out from Matthew that when Judas approached him.
Jesus referred to Judas as friend Matthew 26 verse 50. But Jesus said to him, friend, why have you come then they came and laid hands on him and took him that Greek word for friend used by Matthew is just data friend Comrade a companion. It was an opportunity for Judas to say you know what he is my friend and repent. Of course he doesn't take Jesus of course treating them with respect up to the last moment, still giving him opportunity.
Judas blows past the last exit ramp before the toll and he continues on faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. That is a fundamental that is a basic teaching from the Bible. Sometimes your friends will say things that are true and necessary and it is not because it trying to wound you know the truth hurts but there are those that are deceitful, they are your enemies a flatter and this is something that I feel in my Bible does to this important lesson for us to learn so that when not to thin-skinned in the face of correction.
This was for anybody else it would've heard his calling me a friend and him betraying him, but again Judas was full-blown gone is serving Satan at this point that is doable is possible to serve Satan world. Many of them. Most of them don't believe that we know it's a fact and we should lose sight of it were occupied with serving the Lord, but we are also mindful that there are others that serve Satan even if under the guise of themselves or some other religion. Christianity is supposed to be this powerful truth because it is powerful and it is true.
Yet many in the world are devout in their approach to their gods. If you consider some of the people in Hinduism, for example, it is very devout so much hope on their faces when they go to their temples and they offer their food or drink or whatever is the art and incense to their gods. A very Lotta hole but there's something missing.
If you've ever seen this.
You know the something that's not the same.
They have more questions than they have answers. We have the answers but we must dig for them. They're not handed to us on a silver platter. We must work and be diligent so you show yourself approved, a worker, a worker does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth of hindrances to that self pride, self, flesh puffing up with knowledge.
She started learning things and you begin to think that your superior in some form.
These things we need to watch out for. You know what you have that you've not been given, says the Lord. Verse 46. Then they lay their hands on him and took him well the sin that really wrecked Judas the sin that even grieved the Lord more than this treacherous act of betrayal exhibited with this kiss. The thing that really got to the Lord and rightfully so, is that Judas failed to come back to give the Lord a chance to forgive him. He never came back to the Lord, committed the unpardonable sin, not treachery, not some dark ghastly crime or active immorality.
The one in unpardonable sin is the refusal to accept the forgiveness that is offered to us with such high cost is the work of the Holy Spirit to move in the heart to point to Jesus Christ as the Savior to encourage the sinner to repent and to comment to receive mercy and grace and forgiveness. Never did Peter would be there, not Judas had he come back and no doubt he would've squeezed through the narrow gate of heaven. In the book of numbers. When the people were being disciplined by God for their murmuring and unbelief. God told Moses to make a brass serpent, because God had released servants to bite the people they would die.
This he looked at this brass serpent and pick it up. Numbers 21 verse nine so Moses made a bronze serpent and put it on a pole, so it wasn't of the serpent had bitten anyone when he looked at the bronze serpent.
He lived Jesus said unless I am lifted up referencing this very moment. Those who want to be forgiven and live eternally slick to me. You must do this by faith. All those Jews that were bitten by a certain all they had to do is look at the bronze serpent. But if they were hardheaded or hardhearted. If they refused to receive from Christ or from Yahweh in the wilderness, they would die because of the bite. This is of course applicable to Christianity and Jesus is the one that makes it so is the one that made that connection between numbers and his cross if I am lifted up I will draw all men to me as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness.
Jesus said that John also about this event. He mentions the captain being present. John 18 then the detachment and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. The captain in the Greek is the commander of thousands of century and so the people to Lieut. Col. perhaps an hour infantry AE the way the point is that Rome had a military presence there. So when the Pharisees sent them out to send the temple guards to arrest Jesus, he sent the Jewish Temple guards to arrest him.
There was also a Roman presence there. Probably not coming in force, but still there in the background ready to put down any serious resistance. The Antonio fortress was not very far from this garden of Gethsemane and it would not have taken much at all to bring in reinforcements verse 47, and one of those who stood by, drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Well now I getting it back to Peter which is and when I read this getting back to me. I see myself and Peter.
Once they laid their hands on Jesus, Peter made his move. He was no coward. As I have been making my position clear on that Luke says when they asked for permission.
Peter didn't wait. He acted Luke's gospel chapter 22 verse 49 when those around him saw what was going to happen. They said to him, Lord, shall we strike with the sword. What you think Peter did didn't wait for the Lord to say yes or no and he goes on in Luke chapter 22 verse 51 of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his beta did not he would have none of this was they put their hands on the Lord. He pounced. My flesh says go Peter go with you, swordsman of Gethsemane. We know John's Gospel. We know the name of the servant whose ear was cut off. John tells us John was very much plugged into the temple, likely selling fish to customers.
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