Mark 14:32 “…a place which was named Gethsemane…”
Garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Name means oil press. It is where the olives were pressed for oil.
33 “…He took Peter, James, and John with Him…”
We know He must have had a closer connection to these three than the other disciples due to times like these. We’re not given record of everything that happened during the three years so it’s hard to say exactly why these three. I’m assuming He knew the disciples were tired so He had the others sit and wait, knowing they’d probably fall asleep. But these three He asked to watch with Him. I don’t feel like the three failed due to callousness. I think they were tired and didn’t fully understand the importance of what was happening. I’m sure after the events that took place they looked back on this and wished they had been more aware.
36 “…Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me…”
We know God wasn’t going to stop what was coming. But reality is He could have. All things are possible for Him. He created this universe out of nothing. He can do anything with everything. Jesus was determined to do what Father wanted, but that didn’t stop Him from asking, even for what might seem impossible to us. Do we fail to ask God for what we want or need because we think He won’t give it to us or because we think it is impossible. We should ask as Jesus did with full assurance that God is able and with full submission to however He chooses to answer.
38 “…lest you enter into temptation…”
Seemed a bit odd to say here. Commentary suggests the idea was the temptation to deny Christ. Trouble was coming. How could they hope to stand with Christ in the face of arrest or death if they couldn’t even watch with Him. One commentary reflects my thoughts on the incident. “What heavy clogs these bodies of ours are to our souls!” Matthew Henry. We wonder about the three close friends of Jesus, but we would fare no better. Even now do we look at His sufferings with a good understanding. Or are we as drowsy as they were.
41 “…into the hands of sinners”
Jesus didn’t pull punches with the truth. God is full of mercy and compassion, but He hates sin. He will not tolerate it just to make us feel better about ourselves. He’ll do what He must to wake us up to the blackness of our sin so we’ll repent of it and get rid of it. That’s where His love and mercy are seen.
43 “…with swords and clubs…”
They had no idea. If Jesus didn’t allow them to take Him, swords and clubs would not have helped them. If they only knew how thin the ice was on which they walked.
44 “…lead Him away safely”
Not sure of the meaning here, either keeping Jesus safe or getting Him and then getting away safely without clashing with the disciples. But it brings up a thought. Did Judas realize what was going to happen to Jesus. Did he really think the rulers were going to kill Him or did he perhaps think they would simply exile Him or put Him in prison. If he didn’t think they were going to kill Jesus maybe that gives us some insight on how he was able to do it so apparently easily.
48 “…Have you come out, as against a robber…”
Jesus showed their hypocrisy. They had no real evidence against Him or reason to take Him. If they had, they could have seized Him any number of times in the Temple. But what they were doing was wrong and they knew it, so they had to take Him in darkness. Same thing happens today. When people know they’re doing wrong, they wait and do it at night, thinking they can get away with it.
52 “…he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked”
Only recorded by Mark. Commentaries vary widely on who this might have been. We’re not told with any assurance from the text. You can make arguments for just about anyone. Would not surprise me if it was Mark himself. He’s the only one to record it. He writes about it in the third person like John does about himself in his gospel. And we know from later accounts that Mark wasn’t the boldest person. Perhaps he recorded this about himself to show he had changed as the other disciples had.
61 “…Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
Jesus remained silent through all the false accusations. No reason to answer them. But He did answer the one true question. It gave the rulers what they wanted. So sad they couldn’t see the truth standing right in from of them.
64 “You have heard the blasphemy…”
What hypocrisy. Supposedly concerned with a slight against a God they didn’t even know. And He was standing before them.
68 “…and a rooster crowed”
Jesus had said the rooster would crow twice or before the rooster crows twice. Peter had already denied Him once when the first crow was heard. Gave him a chance to wake up, but he didn’t catch it.
72 “…when he thought about it, he wept”
Reflection of the heart condition. Like David when confronted with his sin. No denial, but acceptance and willingness to turn. What God meant when He said a man after My own heart. Not sinless, but open to repentance.
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