I’ve been in the office working on songs and my sermon. I’m getting ready to go home and walk Kobi before I have to leave for Lock Haven. We’re having a Sylvan Hills Camp board meeting down there tonight at 7:00. It will be late when I get back and then I have chapel over at New Beginnings tomorrow morning at 10:00. I probably won’t get a chance to write anything until tomorrow evening. I’m going to share part of the passage we discussed last night at Bible study. You’ll see why.
43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled. 51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.
Mark 14:43-52 (NIV)
Verse 52 adds some much needed comic relief to a very serious and disturbing scene. I have often wondered why Mark included it? Many speculate that Mark is the young man in question but we really don’t know. Some feel that he included this detail as a personal touch. Whoever he was and for whatever reason Mark included it, I’m glad it’s there. The entire scene in the garden is intense and painful to read. Jesus is wrestling with what is about to happen and his disciples (even the three closest to him) are of no help. He knows that Judas has gone off to betray him and that a mob will be there at any moment. It is a dark moment and the thought of this young man running naked from the garden at least gives us a moment to pause before beginning an even darker and more intense series of events. I don’t know about you, but I sure need it.
Grace and peace.