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Author: Kent Berghuis
Christ Alone Mark 14:43-65 Intro: Main idea: Although Christ was left alone, he testified that he alone was Christ. I. Christ was left alone by his betrayal and arrest (43-51). A. Judas betrayed him to the mob (43-46). Everything about this arrest seems out of character: --Priests, teachers and elders seem like strange people to hire a mob. --The signal was a kiss, a sign of affection and friendship turned deceitful. --Peter struck a servant's ear in the skirmish. B. Jesus questioned the mob (48-49). --His teaching was hardly rebellious; he was actually most submissive to God. --He had to be captured at night in private, because in public they couldn't succeed. --The events that unfolded were not mere chance, but according to Scripture. --Jesus had to die; if there was any other way for God to accomplish his will, Jesus' prayer in the garden would have been answered. Instead, it would be answered by his death and resurrection. C. Everyone left Jesus alone (50-51). --The disciples fled, just as Jesus had said they would (though they denied it). --The young man fled naked, prefiguring Jesus' own upcoming shameful treatment. II. Christ alone could go through his trial in order to claim his kingdom (53-65). A. The rigged trial (53-59). --The Sanhedrin was Israel's highest court; this was like a grand jury proceeding. --There were several illegal aspects to this trial: 1. No trial could be held at night. 2. A capital verdict could not be reached on the same day, and so the trial could not be held before a Sabbath or feast day. 3. Witnesses had to be warned to relate only first-hand, true testimony. 4. Blasphemy only applied to reviling God's name. 5. Trials could not be held in the high priest's palace. 6. Crucifixion was not an acceptable punishment. B. The confession of Jesus (60-65). --The temple question is relevant, because when Jesus died he did indeed "destroy" the temple and its reason for existence. --When they couldn't get witnesses to agree, they asked Jesus directly for his opinion of himself. --Jesus freely confessed before them the very thing they were looking for. This is like Peter's earlier confession, and was the truth about Jesus. For the leaders, though, it was evidence of blasphemy. --Jesus' confession also spoke of his second coming in power, when his kingdom would be realized. Jesus can face death because he knows what will happen afterward (resurrection, ascension, and eventual return). Conclusion: Look at these OT texts: Isa 50:4-11, Isa 53:1-12. Scripture had to be fulfilled. 1. Do you know who Jesus is? Do you accept his own testimony about himself? 2. Do you appreciate his willingness to die alone, forsaken by all? 3. Will you give your life to him, so that you can experience his strength for your trials?