What Jesus Did! 'Premeditation' — Mark 14:1-2

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

It was now only two days before the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and teachers of the law were trying to find a way to arrest Jesus without the people seeing it. Then they could kill him. They said, "But we cannot arrest Jesus during the festival. We don't want the people to become angry and cause a riot."
— Mark 14:1-2 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:1-2 NLT — "But we cannot arrest Jesus during the festival. We don't want the people to become angry and cause a riot."

Key Thought

Jesus' enemies were determined to kill him. However, they knew that Jesus was popular with the people. With Jerusalem flooded with yearly visitors for Passover, a time that was very volatile, they worried that to go after Jesus during this time could backfire. Mark wants us to see that their murder of Jesus on the Cross was calculated and premeditated. They were not looking for justice or truth; they were out for blood. Little did they know that the blood they shed would be the atoning blood of the new covenant that would bring our salvation. What they meant for the worst kind of harm, God used for unbelievable good—our good!

Today's Prayer

O Father, I cannot understand how you withheld your power and allowed the schemes of wicked men to murder your Son, especially wicked men who claimed to honor you. I am sorry that we can be so misguided and wrong as people. Please forgive us. Please forgive me. I want to believe that I would have followed Jesus and welcomed him, but part of me fears that I might have been as misguided as they were. Purify my heart and give me wisdom to know and follow your truth always. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 10:2
  • Mark 3:1-6
  • Mark 8:31


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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