What Jesus Did! 'Incongruity at its Worst' — Mark 14:43

Friday, November 6, 2020

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.
— Mark 14:43 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:43 NLT —  These people with Judas had swords and clubs.

Key Thought

Think of the incongruity—Jesus is in his place of prayer and is being betrayed by one of his own to a mob armed with swords and clubs that was sent by religious leaders. This kind of "stuff" shouldn't fit together in the same scene. Yet this is what happens to the Lord. Jesus, the only fully righteous one, dies for the unrighteous. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is arrested by soldiers armed with crude weapons. Jesus, the fulfillment of God's Law, is hated by the experts in the Law. Jesus, the ultimate servant leader, is despised and feared by the religious leaders of his day. This doesn't make sense. This doesn't fit. This isn't right. However, this is what happens and this is how Jesus changes everything. What a breath of fresh air for us when things are not right, when they do not fit, and when they are unfair. Jesus shows us he can enter the worst of circumstances and bring redemption, hope, and victory—even when those circumstances are impossible.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for Jesus' victory over sin, death, unfairness, and hatred. Thank you for a victory that was won in the middle of a mess like the ones we sometimes face in our own lives and not from the fringes or from long distance. Thank you for showing that in the middle of humanity's worst failings, Jesus can bring redemption. I praise you Almighty God for your grace. I praise you, Lord Jesus, for your love. I praise you both through the intercession of the Holy Spirit you have placed within me. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Peter 3:18
  • Isaiah 53:1-6
  • Galatians 4:3-7


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.