What Jesus Did! 'Why Not in the Temple?' — Mark 14:49

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Every day I was with you teaching in the temple area. You did not arrest me there. But all these things have happened so that it will be like the Scriptures said."
— Mark 14:49
Illustration of Mark 14:49 — Every day I was with you teaching in the temple area. You did not arrest me there. But all these things have happened so that it will be like the Scriptures said."

Key Thought

Just as Jesus used a question in the previous verse to confront his accusers about their injustice, he confronts their fear and treachery in this verse. They come to arrest him at night in the place of prayer away from the crowds. They feared the crowds who were loyal to Jesus. They feared the people because they believed in him. So rather than conducting their "arrest" of Jesus of Nazareth in the daytime, they slither through the darkened streets to a place they can arrest him without being seen by the crowds. However, Jesus wants to make clear that their treacherous schemes work only because he allows them to work: he is determined to honor his Father's will and fulfill what the Scriptures had said about him. Jesus will be arrested, brutalized, and murdered by these people. However, their evil deeds happen only because he offers himself for our sins, not because they have power over him.

Today's Prayer

Father, for your Son's faith, obedience, and sacrifice, I give you thanks. May his example motivate me to be faithful no matter what circumstances I find myself facing. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

While Jesus was still speaking, Judas came there. He was one of the twelve apostles. Judas had many people with him. These people were sent from the leading priests, the teachers of the law, and the older Jewish leaders. These people with Judas had swords and clubs. Judas planned to do something to show the people which man was Jesus. Judas said, "The man I kiss is Jesus. Arrest him and guard him while you lead him away." So Judas went to Jesus and said, "Teacher!" Then Judas kissed Jesus. Then the men grabbed Jesus and arrested him. One of the followers standing near Jesus grabbed his sword and pulled it out. This follower hit the servant of the high priest with the sword and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said, "You came to get me with swords and clubs like I am a criminal. Every day I was with you teaching in the temple area. You did not arrest me there. But all these things have happened so that it will be like the Scriptures said." Then all of Jesus' followers left him and ran away. There was a young man following Jesus. He was wearing only a linen cloth. The people also grabbed this man. The cloth he was wearing came off, and he ran away wearing nothing.

Mark 14:43-52

Related Scripture Readings

It was almost time for the Jewish Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover. The leading priests and teachers of the law were trying to find a quiet way to kill Jesus. They were afraid of what the people would do to them. One of Jesus' twelve apostles was named Judas Iscariot. Satan (the devil) went into Judas and made him do a bad thing. Judas went and talked with the leading priests and some of the soldiers who guarded the temple. Judas talked to them about a way to give Jesus to them. The priests were very happy about this. They promised to give Judas money {if he would give Jesus to them}. Judas agreed. Then Judas waited for the best time to give Jesus to them. Judas wanted to do it when there were no people around to see him do it.

Luke 22:1-6

The leading priests and the teachers of the law heard these things. They began trying to find a way to kill Jesus. They were afraid of Jesus because all the people were amazed at his teaching. But we can't say that John's baptism was from someone else." (These leaders were afraid of the people, because the people believed that John was a prophet. )

Mark 11:18, 32

Jesus and the people with him were going to Jerusalem. Jesus was leading the people. Jesus' followers were amazed. But those people that followed behind them were afraid. Jesus gathered the twelve apostles again and talked with them alone. Jesus told them what would happen in Jerusalem.

Mark 10:32

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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