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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:49 NLT — 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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 22:1-6
  • Mark 11:18, 32
  • Mark 10:32

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About This Devotional

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.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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