Mission Opposition: Betrayal and Fear (Mark 14:43-52)Pastor Travis Cardwell, February 12, 2012
Part of the Mission Impossible? (Mark) series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Friends, do you see the overarching sovereignty of God amidst the opposition, betrayal, and fear in this account? There is never one moment in life when God is not in complete control. Even through this difficult scene God never once ceases his authority. Do you ever find yourself in a situation where God seems absent or quiet? Do you ever find yourself in a position where the odds are stacked against you and God's presence feels distant? Friends, regardless of how you feel in those moments you can have complete confidence that God is in total control. His ways are higher than our ways and his plans are better than our plans. When life takes unexpected and difficult turns we can rest in the God who holds all things securely in the palms of his hands. Another way we can find hope is by going to our High Priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. If you feel alone, betrayed, attacked, or ignored you can go to One who knows exactly how you are feeling. Jesus Christ, the good shepherd, conquered sin and the grave and beckons us to find our refuge in him.
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43And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. 45And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. 46And they laid their hands on him, and took him. 47And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 48And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me? 49I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled. 50And they all forsook him, and fled. 51And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: 52And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. (KJV)