(Today’s readings.. (Exodus 29), (Psalm 85,86), (Mark 14)
Our N.T. reading of Mark’s gospel is the heart stirring 72 verses of his 14th chapter. It records the ‘last supper’ that Jesus shared with his disciples and its’ age-lasting simplicity has had heart stirring meaning for his genuine disciples in every generation since that time. After the supper there follows the heart searching time in the garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prays, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” [v.36] The individuality of the Father and Son is so evident here, Jesus sets us an example that wherever Scriptural principles are involved we should follow our Saviour’s example and say to our heavenly Father, ” not what I will, but what you will.” These words make it plain that the ‘theology of the Trinity’ which the Catholic’s invented centuries later, has no place in the mind of the true believer.
Judas now comes “and with him a crowd with swords and clubs’.[v.43] Jesus does not resist, he says, “let the scriptures be fulfilled.” And so they were, the Old Testament has several prophecies about this; these Scriptures also make it plain, as we read yesterday, that there will be a final time of trouble for our world.
The words Jesus spoke then have a particular application for us now, “Be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.” [13 v.23] Back in today’s chapter we note what Jesus told the High Priest, and we see its awesome meaning for us as we live with increasing anticipation of this event. He was warning the High Priest telling him, ” you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” [v.62]
The High Priest will be there, among the goats! What horror will fill his heart! But what a wondrous prospect of joy their fulfilment hold for us. Our thoughts go to the words of Paul when he described this coming event to the Thessalonians in his 1st letter to them, ” the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” [4 v.16,17]
And where will the Lord be? Reigning from Jerusalem! The world will experience “a new earth in which righteousness dwells” as Peter puts it in his final epistle [3 v.13] May the “scriptures be fulfilled” very soon – and may we have the strength of faith to endure the coming tribulation with a sure anticipation of the wonders to follow.