The Silence of Jesus

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 15:1-5 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make?” . . . But Jesus made no further answer. (vv. 4-5) As we begin chapter 15 of Mark, we see that the religious leaders have led Jesus to be tried before the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Although they wanted Jesus dead, they had no power to carry out the death sentence. For that, they needed the Roman authorities. Realizing that Pilate would not be interested in …

A Profile in Courage

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 14:54, 66-72 Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. (v. 54) It is easy to criticize Peter for his denial of Jesus. But in reality, his denial never would have happened had he not had a huge amount of courage and commitment to Jesus. Think about it: Peter stayed with Jesus despite the fact that the others all ran away. And going with Jesus meant the threat of danger for …

Abba, Father

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 14:32-42 Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will. (v. 36) This must have been one of the most difficult moments in Jesus’ life. Verse 33 tells us that Jesus “began to be greatly distressed and troubled.” Then he continues, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death” (v. 34). Jesus is facing death and he knows it. And just like any one of …

The New Covenant

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 14:22-26 Take; this is my body . . . This is my blood . . . which is poured out for many. (vv. 22-24) These words are familiar to many of us. We often hear them at worship on Sundays. They are called “the words of institution.” They are spoken as part of the Lord’s Supper immediately before the bread and the cup are distributed to the congregation of believers. They are important words, with deep meaning. There …

You Can’t Fool God

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 14:17-21 As they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” (v. 18) When discussing God’s attributes and character, theologians often use the Latin prefix omni, which means “all” or “every.” With reference to God, they frequently describe God as omnipotent (“all-powerful”), omnipresent (“everywhere present”), and omniscient (“all-knowing”). In today’s Scripture, we see Jesus, the divine Son of God, exercising God’s …

A Large Upper Room

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 14:12-16 He will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. (v. 15) There was no mistake that it was during the Jewish feast of the Passover that Jesus and his disciples found themselves nearing Jerusalem. Little did the disciples realize that one greater than the lambs being sacrificed in the temple nearby was in their midst. Very soon, Jesus, the Lamb of God, would take away the sins of the world by his sacrifice on the …