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Mark 14:43-52 – Kiss of Death: Meditative Musing for Dec 18

December 7, 1941 is a date that will live in infamy. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

What date has the most infamy? Dec 7? Sept 11? We might debate these – or even nominate others.

I nominate a night in Gethsemane, the night Judas turned a token of affection into a traitor’s act.

Have you ever known parents to name their firstborn “Judas”? Do you think “Judas” will ever top the most popular name charts?

The act of this man against One who had befriended him, honored him, and, most of all, loved him has tarnished that name forever.

Jesus offered no resistance. One disciple drew a sword – but Jesus told him to put it away.

He asked the crowd armed with clubs and swords why they didn’t arrest Him when He was in the Temple. Of course, they could not admit the reason. They did not because they were too afraid; they had to come in the dead of night.

Jesus merely said, “The Scriptures must be fulfilled.” What Scripture? Maybe He meant Isaiah 53:7.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.

All his followers fled – including a young man wearing nothing but a linen garment who, when they seized him, fled naked. (For his sake, I almost called this meditation “The Naked Witness.”)

Have I deserted Him? Or betrayed Him? How do I betray Him?


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  1. Excellent Post! Thanks

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