|Mark 14 |
1 Now it was two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought a way to take him by deceit, and put him to death.
2 But they said, "Not on the feast day, for fear that there might be a riot of the people."
3 And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of ointment of very precious spikenard; and she broke the jar and poured it over his head.
4 But there were some who were indignant and said to themselves, "Why was this waste of the ointment made?
5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence [more than a year's wages], and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her."
6 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone, why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing for me.
7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but you will not always have me.
8 She has done what she could; she has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial.
9 Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the whole world, what she has done will be spoken of as a memorial to her."
10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray him to them.
11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
12 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the passover lamb, his disciples said to him, "Where do you want us to go and prepare the passover for you to eat?"
13 And he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go into the city, and there a man bearing a pitcher of water will meet you; follow him.
14 Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, 'The Master says, Where is the guest chamber, where I may eat the passover with my disciples?'
15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; make preparations for us there."
16 So his disciples went out and came into the city and found everything as he had said to them, and they made ready the Passover.
17 In the evening he came with the twelve,
18 And as they sat and ate, Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, one of you who eats with me will betray me."
19 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one by one, "Is it me?"
20 He answered and said to them, "It is one of the twelve, one dips bread in the dish with me.
21 The Son of man indeed goes, as it has been written of him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born."1
22 Then as they ate, Jesus took bread, and blessed and broke it, and gave to them and said, "Take. Eat. This is my body."
23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.
24 And he said to them, "This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
25 Truly I say to you, I will not again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day that I drink it anew in the kingdom of God."
26 Then when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
27 And Jesus said to them, "All of you will stumble because of me this night, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'
28 But after I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee."
29 But Peter said to him, "Even if all the others stumble, I will not."
30 And Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you, that on this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times."
31 Then Peter spoke more vehemently, "Even if I should die with you, I will not deny you." And all the others said the same.
32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." [Notice, in verse 34 below, to pray becomes to watch. Watching and waiting is a form of prayer, looking for God's instructions and guidance.]
33 And he took Peter and James and John with him, and began to be deeply troubled and burdened;
34 And he said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful to the point of death; stay here and watch." [Jesus wanted them to sit and watch inwardly for further instructions from God; to wait and watch is prayer. Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me, finds life; and he shall obtain favor of the LORD. Pro 8:34-35. Watching is part of waiting on God's revelations which can be words spoken or revealings by His light.]
35 Then he went forward a little and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
36 And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to you; take away this cup from me. Nevertheless not what I will, but what you will."2 [Jesus told us six times that we too must deny ourselves and pick up our cross daily — long before he went to the cross himself. So he went to the horrible death of the cross as an example to us of the obedience necessary to slay our selfish spirit on the inward cross of self-denial so that we could be reconciled to God: The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. John 14:31.]
37 Then he came and found them sleeping and said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? [A mature disciple should be able to wait and watch most of the day: Therefore return to your God; keep mercy and justice and wait on your God continually. Hos 12:6.]
38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit is truly willing, but the flesh is weak." [Watching and waiting on God is not easy because it is very easy to fall asleep as you wait in silence, listening and watching.]
39 And again he went away and prayed, and spoke the same words.
40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy), and they did not know what to say to him.
41 Then he came the third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough. The hour has come. Behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he who betrays me is at hand."
43 And immediately, while he spoke, Judas, one of the twelve came. And with him was a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
44 The betrayer had given them a signal, saying, "Whoever I kiss, is the One; take him and lead him away."
45 And as soon as he had come, he went immediately to Jesus and said, "Master, master!' And kissed him.3 [It is not what you say that makes Jesus your Lord or Master, but your deeds — your obedience to his teachings and commands. By your deeds you either acknowledge him or deny him as your Lord and Master. If you continue in sin and call Him Lord, you are like those whom He said: "This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me." Mat 15:8]
46 And they seized him with their hands and arrested him.
47 Now one of those who stood by drew a sword and struck a servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
48 And Jesus said to them, "Have you come out with swords and with staves to capture me, as if against a thief?
49 I was with you daily, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize me, but the scriptures must be fulfilled."
50 Then they all deserted him and fled.
51 A certain young man was following him, with a linen cloth about his naked body; and they seized him,
52 But he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.
53 Then they led Jesus away to the high priest; and assembled with him were all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.
54 And Peter followed him at a distance, even into the palace of the high priest; and he sat with the servants and warmed himself at the fire.
55 Now the chief priests and all the council sought witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none.
56 For many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agreed.
57 Then some rose up and bore false witness against him, saying,
58 "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.'" [When Jesus made that statement, the "this temple" was referring to His body. By Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection in three days, He rebuilt the temple in heavenly New Jerusalem; He and the Lord God almighty are the temple of God with the saints becoming the living stones of it.]
59 But their testimonies did not even agree in this.
60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, "Do you answer nothing? What is this that these witness testify against you?"
61 But he held his peace and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?"
62 And Jesus said, "I Am. And you shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of the power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."4 [Heaven appears to our spiritual eye as in a mist or in clouds — so, his coming is on the clouds of heaven, within the hearts of purified believers — just like he ascended: he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. Acts 1:9. Even Daniel in 538 BC saw Jesus coming on the clouds of heaven: I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. Dan 7:13.]
63 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "What further need do we have of any witnesses?
64 You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?" And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.5
65 And some began to spit on him, and to blindfold him, and to strike him, and to say to him, "Prophesy." And the guards slapped him and struck him with blows.
66 Now as Peter was below in the palace, one of the maids of the high priest came;
67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You also were with Jesus of Nazareth."
68 But he denied it, saying, "I do not know nor understand what you say." And he went out into the porch; and the rooster crowed.
69 And a maid saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, "This is one of them."
70 And he denied it again. And a little later, those who stood by said to Peter again, "Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilaean and your speech shows it."
71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, "I do not know this man of whom you speak."
72 And for the second time the rooster crowed. And Peter recalled the words that Jesus said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you shall deny me three times." And when he thought on it, he broke down and wept.
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1 It would have been better for that man if he had never been born. Many people think that if it would be better that Judas had never been born, that proves that Judas will suffer in Hell forever. However, they fail to understand how Judas' fate can be instead to forever suffer the shame of all people in all generations knowing that he betrayed Jesus, the Son of God, when he came to the earth to save all men. From the Word of the Lord within: "Everyone will be known by what they have said and done;" this refers to the next life, after Hell when every man is delivered from sin and purified, to live in the outer court of heaven, (See Is There Hope for All for further explanation.) Consider the following scripture, describing the fate of the preachers not taught by the Lord's voice and light, not perfected by the Lord, not gifted with an authorized ministry, not sent by the Lord, and not speaking words from the Spirit of the Lord; rather they speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination of their evil hearts. (These ministers of Satan's Babylon masquerade as ministers of righteousness, themselves fooled to believe they are ministers of Christ.):
I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten. Jer 23:40
Now if false preachers have that fate, poor Judas' fate will be the worst of the worst.
George Fox also stated in Letter 25 and Letter 211 that anyone who started in the true way and returned to the hireling preachers and deficit sects, would suffer a similar fate.
And you who are turned from the light,
with which Jesus Christ has enlightened you,
and turn to the hireling priests who are changeable,
from the priest who never changes,
you walk in Judas' steps, and woe will be your end;
you had better never have been born, you are betrayers of the righteous;
All you that have known the way of truth, and tasted of the power of the same,
and now turn back into the world's fashions and customs,
you stop those who are coming out of the world, you make them to stumble at the truth,
you make them to question the way of the Lord,
which is out of the way of the world, and its ways;
and you grieve the righteous, and sadden the hearts of the upright and simple.
You had better never have known the way of light, life, and power;
you are the cause of many keeping in darkness;
you are the cause of the boasting of the wicked,
and make the wicked to take you for an example,
and their object against truth, and them that live in it, to plead against its ways.
You had better never have been born;
2 Abba, Father, all things are possible to you; take away this cup from me. Nevertheless not what I will, but what you will. Jesus had previously told his disciples many times that he must be lifted up on the cross; he knew he was to be crucified, and he knew it was the Father's will. He told us six times that we too must deny ourselves and pick up our cross daily — long before he went to the cross himself. So he went to the horrible death of the cross as an example to us of the obedience necessary to slay our selfish spirit so that we could be reconciled to God: The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. John 14:31. To give further emphasis that He was always obedient to what the Father commanded Him to do, Jesus shows us that he would have preferred another way than crucifixion, but He dismissed his own thoughts to yield to the Fathers's will. As Jesus only did what was the will of the Father, only speaking what He was told to speak, only judging as He was told to judge, only doing what the Father showed Him to be done, so must we crucify our selfish, sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial so that we can do the will of the Father too, which is to be told what to say, what to do, and what to think. Jesus clearly tells us this is the only way to heaven: only he who does the will of the Father shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Mat 7:21. From the Word of the Lord within: "Whatever God commands, whether it be dying on the cross, we obey; howeve financially strait, however it affects our reputation, however ruinous."
Not only did Jesus know He was to be crucified, He also knew that He was to beaten, first by the High Priest's Jewish guards and then to be brutally beaten by the entire Roman garrison so much that he no longer looked like a man, Isa 52:14; some translations say beaten beyond any man had ever been beaten before. We know from Jesus' many statements that He fully accepted the necessity of His death by crucifixion, but perhaps He wished for an alternative to the unprecedented brutality he immediately faced; or perhaps He feared He might not be able to maintain His peace while undergoing a beating by the entire Roman garrison. But he presented His body to be sacrificed, as we are similarly advised: I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service and worship. Rom 12:1.
3 And as soon as he had come, he went immediately to Jesus and said, "Master, master!' And kissed him. So Judas called him Master, but he betrayed him. By his actions of betrayal he denied Jesus to be his Lord and Master. Christendom denies and disowns Jesus too by teaching instant salvation by grace, while ignoring Jesus' teachings of salvation's exclusions — requirements, and qualifying conditions. To ignore his teachings and commands, is to deny and disown Jesus as Lord and Master. Jesus is not Lord or Master of anyone who still sins: as he said, Truly, Truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34.
4 To the Jewish High Priest, Jesus said: "you shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Now if Jesus is coming in the clouds to rule the earth sometime in the future, how could the High Priest have seen this 2000 years ago? Jesus in not physically coming in the clouds to rule the earth in the future. He comes in the clouds to the minds eye of those individuals who have been cleansed and purified, who have prepared the way of the Lord, who have leveled every mountain of sin, who have straightened every crooked way of theirs, to see Jesus bring their salvation.
And if someone does not receive Jesus in a cleansed, purified body while alive on earth, at death all other men see him coming in the clouds — the day of the Lord, when he will render judgment to every man according to his works while in the body; this is the case of the Jewish High Priest — he saw Jesus coming on a cloud when he died. When Jesus comes to his saints to be resurrected within them, he then rules the earth through his saints; but the rule is the rule of love, not what man expects.
5 You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. The Jews condemned Jesus because he admitted he was the Son of God. So they killed him supposedly because they said he had violated their law and blasphemed, but the real reason was they feared the loss of their religion and nation. Although the New Testament is clear that there is only one God, (despite the mistake of most of Christianity); and although Jesus said, "the Father is greater than I," John 14:28; and although Jesus said he only spoke and did as God told to him to speak and do; the Jews said Jesus was claiming equality with God by stating he was the Son of God, and to claim equality with God was blasphemy. The Jews believed that the Messiah would only be a man, and they acted like they had never heard of the Son of God, yet their own Scriptures, from the Old Testament, speak of the Son.
Old Testament Book of Proverbs, says:
Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if you can tell? Proverbs 30:4
In the Old Testament Book of Psalms, King David spoke very, very reverently of the Son, ascribing to him the power of God:
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you perish from the way for his wrath is quick to be kindled. Blessed are all those who put their trust in him. Psa 2:12
In the Original Old Testament Book of 4 Esdras*
The bride shall appear, and he shall come forth and be seen, that now is under the earth: for my Son Jesus shall appear with those that be with him, and those who remain shall rejoice within four hundred years; and after these same years shall my Son Christ die. 4 Esdras 7:27-29
I, Esdras, saw upon the Mount Zion a great people, whom I could not number, and they all praised the Lord with songs.
And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was more exalted; which I marveled at greatly.
So I asked the angel, and said, "Sir, what are these?"
He answered and said unto me, "These are those who have put off the mortal clothing, put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God; now are they crowned, and they receive palms."
Then said I unto the angel, "What young person is it who crowns them and gives them palms in their hands?"
So he answered and said unto me, "It is the Son of God, whom they have confessed in the world." Then began I to greatly admire those who had stood so rigidly for the name of the Lord.
Then the angel said unto me, "Go your way, and tell my people what manner of things and how great wonders of the Lord your God you have seen." 4 Esdras 2:42-48
*The Book of Esdras is so unfamiliar to most. It was in the original Old Testament and King James Bible, but was later removed. Parts of the books are in Ezra and Nehemiah. This book still appears in the Latin Vulgate Bible. Because George Fox quoted from this Book, it is included on this site. See Esdras, Chapter 1 Introduction for more on Esdras.
In the Old Testament Book of Daniel, even the heathen King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, could recognize the son of God:
And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spoke, and said to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king."
He answered and said, "Look, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not harmed; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." Daniel 3:23-25
Further in the Old Testament Book of Daniel, Daniel himself saw Jesus coming on the clouds: I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven. Dan 7:13
Jesus referred to himself as the Son of Man:
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels;
and then he will reward every man according to his works. (Not just a particular generation.)
Some standing here shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom. Mat 16:27-8,Mar 8:38,9:1,Luk 9:26-27
Those not purified, to see Jesus' coming, (appearing in their hearts), before death, see him as they die, as all peoples, all nations, all generations do.
Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye will see him, and also those who pierced him: (also, the Jews 2000 years ago)
and all the peoples of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Rev 1:7
2000 years ago, to the Jewish High Priest and the Pharisees at his trial, Jesus said..
you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Mark 14:62
In the Original Old Testament Book of Wisdom there is a remarkable prophecy how the Son of God would be rejected by the Jews because of their own wickedness had blinded them, and they knew not the secrets of God:
For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not correctly, "Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy; neither has there been any man known to have returned from the grave.
Let us therefore lie in wait for the righteous person because he is not for our turn; he is contrary to our doings, upbraids us with transgressions of the law, and divulges against us the sins of our way of life.
He boasts that he has the knowledge of God, and calls himself the son of God.
He has become a reprover of our thoughts.
He is grievous to us even to behold for his life is not like other men's, and his ways are very different.
We are esteemed by him as triflers, and he abstains from our ways as from filthiness, and he prefers the latter end of the just and glories that he has God for his father.
Let us see then if his words are true, and let us prove what shall happen to him, and we shall know what his end shall be.
For if he is the true son of God, God will defend him and will deliver him from the hands of his enemies.
Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience.
Let us condemn him with a shameful death for by his own saying he shall be respected."
Such things they did imagine, and were deceived for their own wickedness has blinded them.
And they knew not the secrets of God, nor hoped for the wages of justice, nor esteemed the honor of holy souls. Wisdom 2:12-22
The Jews accusations were baseless. Their own Old Testament scriptures testified in multiple of books to the existence of a Son of God and the Son of Man.
According to Jewish scripture and belief, the true Messiah must meet the following requirements:
How Jesus Fulfilled the Expectations of Messiah
|Be an observant Jewish man descended from the house of King David||Before His ministry began, Jesus was so respected as an observant Jewish man that He regularly taught and read the scriptures in His synagogue's Sabbath meetings. |
Jesus was by both His Father and Mother a direct descendant of David, Joseph through Solomon (Matthew 1:7-15), thus inheriting the legal right to the throne of David, and Mary through David's son, Nathan (Luke 3:23-31), her line thus carrying the seed of David, since Solomon's line had been refused the throne because of Jechoniah's sin.
|Be an ordinary human being (as opposed to the Son of God)||Jesus was the Son of God, who humbled Himself to become an ordinary man to die on the cross. He was looked on as just the carpenter's son, an ordinary man.|
|Bring peace to the world||As He does bring peace to anyone in the world who accepts Him and follows him to the cross, to receive peace as the fruit of the spirit.|
|Gather all Jews back into Israel||As He does gather all real Jews, those with a circumcised heart, into spiritual, heavenly Israel.|
|Rebuild the ancient Temple in Jerusalem||As He does rebuild the temple in New Jerusalem, the heavenly, spiritual Jerusalem; Jesus and His saints being the temple, each saint being a living stone, each overcomer of the world and its lusts being a pillar in the temple.|
|Unite humanity in the worship of the Jewish God and Torah observance||Certainly He unites true believers from all nations, particularly the Gentiles, in worship of the Jewish God. The Jewish God is acknowledged as God by billions all over the world. |
Jesus preached observance of the law, and He even strengthened the law.
Those in Christendom can easily look down on the Jews, incorrectly interpreting the Scriptures, and rejecting Christ; instead the Jews expected a physical King to appear and re-establish an earthly Jewish kingdom. But one hundred generations of Christendom, incorrectly interpreting the Scriptures, are doing the same thing, making the same mistake: they have rejected listening to and obeying Christ within them, expecting an outward appearance; expecting Christ to physically appear to be King of the whole world, thereby missing the possibility of preparing for his inward, individual spiritual appearance in them. This is a major deception with disastrous consequences to those so deceived.
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