The elders went to the garden of Gethsemane with weapons! One of Jesus’ disciples drew his sword…
Malchus was the servant of the Jewish High Priest Caiaphas who participated in the arrest of Jesus as written in the four gospels. According to the Bible, one of the disciples, Simon Peter, being armed with a sword, cut off the servant’s ear in an attempt to prevent the arrest of Jesus.
Jesus healed him, while under arrest for crimes He did NOT commit or fathom!
This opens a can of worms! A sword? Why? Did men carry swords un those days?
Returning back to our ‘meat’ this share:
“In the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.
And Pilate asked Him, Art Thou The King of the Jews? And Jesus answering said unto them, “Thou sayest it”.
The acronym INRI represents the Latin inscription IESVS NAZARENVS REX IVDÆORVM (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum), which in English translates to “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews” (John 19:19).
And the chief priests accused Him of many things:
Charge (someone) with an offense or crime.
“He was accused of murdering his wife’s lover”
claim that (someone) has done something wrong.
“he was accused of favoritism”
To practice deceit, falsehood, and treachery either by word or action. It is the exact opposite of truth. The sanctity of truth is fundamental in biblical teaching since it is based on the nature and character of God ( Num 23:19 ; 1 Sam 15:29 ;Rom 3:4 ; Titus 1:2 ; Heb 6:18 ). Therefore, to despise truth is to despise God, and the Scriptures treat this topic with profound seriousness.
But Jesus answered nothing.
And Jesus answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
And Pilate asked Him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against Thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled. Mark 15:1-5
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou Me good? none is good, save ONE, that is, God. Mark 10:18
We could go crazy here with analysis of each word/sentence! But; what is stands! Jesus already stood in our place! Amen.
Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
So, simply I ask: “What do you owe Him?”
We sometimes are steered ‘wrong’ in understanding what is! So many times people see death as the end! End to what?
“Life” I am told!
“Life?!” I say. Then????
In jumps/creeps a definition we care to be ignorant about. AFTERLIFE! So many descriptions, definitions, suppositions! What is right? Who is right?
Wow! What to believe, to go with, to trend toward. We ALL will eventually pass away! Yes, there are individuals in their 100’s, but after that, then what? Seriously! Then what?
Interestingly enough, an ‘educated’ individual caught a glimpse. Actually; many individuals catch glimpses of just what is to come! How?
What determines the end of life? Feel free to browse:
What have we as individuals done to ‘eass’ people into this state? End of life care.
End of life care means care for those who are approaching the end of their life, including their family and friends. It often means the treatment of symptoms and can extend to counselling or spiritual guidance.
Funny, for some reason spirituality is connected with this transition! To where?
What others have found
What Christianity has to say
The eternal dilemma
The real question
I am aware that reading has its limitations, we will trend toward audio shares.
Ok to focus! interrupted The story at its climax!
Jesus wept three times during his short three year ministry; how many times did he weep between the ages of twelve and thirty? Was Jesus too emotional?
I. He wept three times that we know of during His three year public life:
1] “ Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”…
”Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, …”
“Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?” Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”…[JOHN 1–45, ESV]
2] JESUS WEEPS OVER JERUSALEM: “34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” [LUKE 13:34, ESV]
“And when he drew near and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” [LUKE 19:41–44, ESV]
3] “7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.” [HEBREWS 5:7, ESV]
We at times may mistake the occurence of sweating blood! with tears.
The night before Jesus Christ was crucified, He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is in Luke’s Gospel where we see that His sweat was like drops of blood: “And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44). Hematidrosis is a rare, but very real, medical condition where one’s sweat will contain blood. The sweat glands are surrounded by tiny blood vessels. These vessels can constrict and then dilate to the point of rupture where the blood will then effuse into the sweat glands. Its cause—extreme anguish. In the other Gospel accounts, we see Jesus’ level of anguish: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38; cf. Mark 14:34).
The intense anguish and sorrow Jesus felt was certainly understandable. Being God, Christ knew “all that was going to happen to Him” (John 18:4). He knew in painstaking detail the events that were to follow soon after He was betrayed by one of His very own disciples. He knew He was about to undergo several trials where all of the witnesses against Him would lie. He knew that many who had hailed Him as the Messiah only days earlier would now be screaming for His crucifixion (Luke 23:23). He knew He would be flogged nearly to the point of death before they pounded the metal spikes into His flesh. He knew the prophetic words of Isaiah spoken seven centuries earlier that He would be beaten so badly that He would be “disfigured beyond that of any man” and “beyond human likeness” (Isaiah 52:14). Certainly, these things factored into His great anguish and sorrow, causing Him to sweat drops of blood. Yet there was more.
Crucifixion was considered to be the most painful and torturous method of execution ever devised and was used on the most despised and wicked people. In fact, so horrific was the pain that a word was designed to help explain it—excruciating, which literally means “from the cross.” From His arrest in the garden until the time our Lord stated, “It is finished” (John 19:30), Scripture records only one instance where Jesus “cried out in a loud voice” (Matthew 27:46). As our sinless Savior bore the weight of the world’s sins on His shoulders, His Father must have looked away, as His “eyes are too pure to look on evil” (Habakkuk1:13), causing the suffering Servant to cry out “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46). The spiritual pain of this feeling of abandonment no doubt greatly exceeded the intense physical pain the Lord endured on our behalf.
At the beginning of creation, human history began in a garden (Genesis 2:8), and when the first Adam sinned against God in this garden, death entered the world (Genesis 3:6). Thousands of years later, Jesus Christ, the last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45), entered into another garden to accept the cup from His Father’s hand (Matthew 26:42; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42), and death was about to be swallowed up in victory. Although God’s plan was designed before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4–5), we must never forget that its execution came at a great cost. Ultimately, then, we are the ones responsible for the blood that dripped from our Savior as He prayed in the garden. And we are the reason Jesus’ soul was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Indeed, these bloodied sweat drops came at a great cost; let us never forget that.