Matt 26:56                 That the Scriptures Might Be Fulfilled              11/9/2008      ßà   

 

 

 

 

 

#1.       A Sign from the Devil: the Judas Kiss (Matt 26:48-50, John 13:27, Acts 1:21-22, Luke 10:17, Matt 13:11, Heb 6:4-6, Matt 26:24,50, 2Tim 4:3-4, 2Pet 2:1-3, Rev 13:8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.    All This Was Done For One Purpose (Matt 26:54-56, 1:21, Gen 3:15, Isa 53:5-6, Jer 23:6, 33:16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       All the Disciples Forsook Him (Matt 26:56, Isa 63:5, Mark 14:50-52)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 26:45 (2X), and please put a sticker there in Matt 26, for we will be returning there many times. Last week we have seen that the Lord Jesus was suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, even though no one laid a hand on Him yet. Before we leave that scene I have to clarify two verses that seem to contain a contradiction. Verse 45 seems to contain a contradiction within that same verse. In verse 45 the Lord Jesus said, to His disciples, “Sleep on now, and take your rest”, whereas a moment later, perhaps a second later, He said, “Behold, the hour is at hand, …… Rise and let us be going”. Did the Lord Jesus know that Judas Iscariot was coming to Him with a large multitude of people? Of course He knew that. He knew every step that Judas was taking. The contradiction is resolved when you consider that the first statement of the Lord should be translated as a question rather than a statement. We should read Matt 26:45-46 as:

Mt 26:45  Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, “Do you sleep on now, and take your rest? behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Mt 26:46  Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me”.

Then we see Judas Iscariot arrive on the scene with a great multitude of servants and soldiers from the chief priests, and from the scribes, and from the elders, and from the captains of the temple to take Jesus, and bind Him, and bring Him before the High Priest and before the ruling counsel of the Jews. Judas was indwelt by Satan and we are sure that Judas had advised to take this many people with him. It seems as if Satan wanted to make sure that there could be no escape by the Lord Jesus.

That is why he brought with him such a great multitude. But the Lord Jesus did not intend to escape, like He did on at least two different occasions when He simply made Himself invisible, and walked through the midst of them. This time it was God’s will and purpose that the Lord Jesus should be the Christ the anointed one, the Lamb of God and at the same time our great High Priest, and that He would continue the atonement for our sins that He began in the Garden of Gethsemane. Therefore, God was not out of control when they took Jesus and bound Him. Jesus was not a victim of the chief priests and Pharisees who hated Him. In fact, the Lord Jesus Himself said of this event, “That the Scriptures might be fulfilled”. And thus the title of this sermon is, That the Scriptures Might Be Fulfilled (2X). This was His goal. This was the main reason He was sent to this earth. And so, let us read Matt 26:47-56,

Mt 26:47-56, “And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

In verse 47 we read, “Judas, one of the twelve”. The Lord does not want us to forget that Judas was one of the twelve whom the Lord Jesus chose to follow Him. The betrayer had given his followers a sign, whosoever I will kiss, that is the one whom you should bind and take Him before the counsel. That sign was clear and simple. It was dark there in the Garden, and the temple servants needed clear indication who it was that they should bind. But it was not as dark as Judas portrayed it to be, for this was the time of Passover, and Passover was always accompanied by a full moon. And so, the darkness that Judas imagined was the dark image of the darkness of his soul. They hardly needed any lanterns and torches.

#1.       A Sign from the Devil: the Judas Kiss (Matt 26:48-50, John 13:27, Acts 1:21-22, Luke 10:17, Matt 13:11, Heb 6:4-6, Matt 26:24,50, 2Tim 4:3-4, 2Pet 2:1-3, Rev 13:8)

Mt 26:48- Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

Why did they not take Jesus and the entire apostolic band? There were more than enough soldiers and temple servants at hand to do this. Why did they have to devise such a devilish plot for the binding of Jesus? You see, God was in control, and God arranged that Satan would come up with such an elaborate scheme, because God is teaching us something through this event. Here was Judas, who was really indwelt by Satan, as we read in John 13:27, who pretended to come to Jesus as a friend, but he was coming as an enemy. The Lord Jesus had many more disciples than the twelve apostles. We can see that from Acts 1:21-22 at the election of Matthias as the twelfth apostle. But Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve who were chosen by Jesus as the inner circle of disciples who were trained to be the leaders of the NT church that the Lord was forming. In Matt 10 these twelve apostles received the honor and the privilege of preaching the Gospel, to cast out unclean spirits, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Even Judas did these wonderful works; yea even the seventy disciples whom Jesus sent out thereafter did all these wonderful works, for we read in Luke 10:17, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy Name”. And so we see that Judas had a very privileged position. Not only was he appointed as treasurer of the apostolic band, but he had the privilege of learning from the Lord Himself what the Gospel of salvation is, and to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven (Matt 13:11). In fact, we can say that Judas Iscariot was one of those who “was once enlightened, and has tasted of the heavenly gift, and was made partaker of the Holy Ghost, and has tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come”, but he fell away, and so it was “impossible to renew him again to repentance” (Heb 6:4-6). Any remorse he showed after the betrayal of Jesus was not a repentance that was acceptable to God, for the Lord Jesus said of him, “It had been good for that man if he had not been born” (Matt 26:24). This man was trained in all the intricacies of the Gospel; he knew the Word of God better than many of us, for he had the company of the Word of God for 3½ years, and yet he fell away, because he loved money more than he loved the Lord. Since Judas was indwelt by Satan, we can say that this “Judas Kiss” was “a Sign from the Devil”. God showed us that this was the sign of an enemy who was pretending to be a friend. This was the reason why the Lord Jesus said to him, “Friend, wherefore art thou come?” (Matt 26:50).  Of course Jesus knew why Judas had come. But in His question Jesus really asked, “Judas, why have you come to dig for yourself a deeper pit in Hell?” And we know the answer to this question: He loved money more than he loved the Lord. God has placed this event in the Bible to teach us, and to warn us for such people in our time. Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle to Timothy, 2Tim 4:3 (2X). Today there are many people like Judas in the world. They are people who know the in and outs of the Gospel of the Bible, for they made it their profession to study the Bible and to teach it. These are people who have been trained in seminaries, and they have been ordained to the highest honor available for people in the world. They have been appointed as pastors and elders and teachers deacons to lead the flock of Christ, and to teach them all the intricacies and consequences of Christ crucified. But they also know that this is a Gospel that is an offense to the natural man. They know that if they preach the true Gospel they shall be hungry, for their congregations shall shrink to very small size, and in this world they shall be persecuted, and they shall be maligned by pastors of other churches, and they shall be ridiculed by many for their Biblical stand as being “not with it”, or being “old fashioned”, or being “anti-establishment”, and so on, for history proved that was the lot of all the apostles when they preached the true Gospel. They all were persecuted and killed. And so, since they want to make a career of their profession of preacher, they decided that they should bend the truth just a little, leave out the wrath of God and the sovereignty of God, and preach a gospel that is not so offensive to the natural man, and thereby make their congregations grow and grow, and their treasure chests become richer and richer, and their houses become greater and greater. And they believe that God is blessing them in all this, for look how their congregations grow. But from God’s perspective they have been “enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come” (Heb 6:4-6), but they have fallen away, and their congregations love it. If you think that I am making all this up in my head, let us read what God says in 2Tim 4:3-4,

2Ti 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Ti 4:4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

The congregations shall turn their ears from the truth, for they will not endure sound doctrine. It is an offense to them. And preachers are willing to please their congregations, rather than God. They preach “that Christ was crucified for everyone in the world, and they preach that Jesus loves everyone in the world; He loves the sinner and He hates the sin. All you need to do is reach out and accept the gift of salvation. You must make the decision if you want to follow Jesus. All you need to do is be baptized in water. Do not be afraid of Hell. People do not go to Hell, for Hell is only made for the Devil and his angels. And so on”. But these are damnable heresies. Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle of Peter, 2Pet 2:1 (2X). What have these preachers done? They have shown the world that they have kissed Jesus like Judas did. They were in the inner circle of those who should know Jesus very well, but now they have betrayed Him by pretending they are coming like friends of Jesus, but they are really His enemies. They have allowed themselves to be used by the Devil. We read the warning in 2Pet 2:1-3,

2Pe 2:1-3  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Please note in verse 2, “Many shall follow their pernicious ways”. Every large congregation must be held suspect of these pernicious ways, until they can be cleared of any wrong doctrine. And why are these false teachers and preachers bringing such damnable heresies? Follow the money trail. Verse 3 says, “Through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you”. Covetousness is what drives them. Large congregations are their goal; as a result they will fill their pews with baptized pagans. And again, I am not making this up in my head. Since we are living near the end of time we should be aware that the beast that comes up out of the sea and the beast that comes up out of the earth from Rev 13 are already with us, and “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev 13:8). All this is in view when we apply “Judas’ Kiss” to our time. Let us now turn to the next event.

Please turn in your Bibles again to the Gospel of Matthew, Matt 26:51 (2X). The disciples woke up and they saw a great multitude coming with swords and staves. It is to their credit that they did not immediately run away. They stayed with Jesus. They waited for His instructions on what to do now, for they wanted to defend Him. And then we read in Matt 26:51-53,

Mt 26:51-  And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

The Lord tells us here that He is perfectly capable of defending Himself. God is not out of control. If we really want to defend Jesus we should do it the way He prescribed. We should hold His Name high, and we should show from the Bible what God’s plan of salvation is, and we should show His example and the example of all the apostles that to overcome the world is not with swords or other weapons, but with preaching the Gospel faithfully. It was in this way that God brought the pagan Roman Empire to its knees. This is really how we defend Him in ways that pleases God. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel of John, John 18:10 (2X). Here in the Garden of Gethsemane one of the disciples cut off the right ear of the servant of the high priest. The Lord Jesus showed us how distasteful this was in His sight, for we read in the Gospel of Luke of this same event in Luke 22:50-51,

Lu 22:50  And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

Lu 22:51  And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

The Lord Jesus healed this injury right away. This should have astounded His persecutors so much that they should have stopped their intend to bind Jesus. But they did not. They continued as if nothing had happened, for God was in control. It was God’s will that the Lord Jesus was bound, so that we might be loosed from our sins. We get a little more information about this event when we read John 18:10-12,

Joh 18:10-12 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

So, it was Peter who drew his sword. Clumsy Peter was going to defend his Master. Peter was not a good swordsman. He aimed for the head of this servant. The servant ducked, and Peter was only able to cut off the servant’s ear. If this is the kind of defenders the Lord Jesus had to rely on, then Jesus was in bad shape. But why did God put this story in the Bible? Why did God give us the name of this servant who was named Malchus? And of all the servants that were there, why did God particularly choose the servant of the High Priest to have his ear lopped off? We find the answers to these questions when we first look at the name of this servant. This man was named Malchus, which is a Hebrew name, which means “King”. Why was the servant of the high priest named “King” if he was only a servant, which really means “slave”, and he was probably born as a slave? We can understand this when we realize that this man was a picture of each one of us who has been saved by Christ. This man is named “King” because each one of us who has been saved is a king in God’s sight. God says in Rev 1:6, “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father”. In Rev 17:14 and in Rev 19:16 the Lord Jesus Christ is called “King of kings”. We are those kings, and He is our blessed and only Potentate, King of kings and Lord of lords. Moreover, Malchus was a servant of the high priest. We are servants of the ultimate High Priest, which is Christ. Moreover, Malchus had his ear lopped off, and then Christ gave him a new ear. Before we were saved we were spiritually deaf. We were unable to hear the truths of the Gospel, and thus we could not be saved. God says in Rom 10:14, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” We could not hear spiritual truths. But when God the Holy Spirit makes us hear the preaching of the true Gospel, the Word of God penetrates our heart like a sword; our old ear is cut off and God gives us new ears to hear. That is why we read in Rom 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. This is the meaning of John 3:5, where we read that we must be born of water and of the Spirit; we must hear the words of the Gospel which flow like living water, and at the same time we must receive new ears to hear by God the Holy Spirit. And do we remember who was handling the sword to lop off the old ear of Malchus? It was clumsy Peter who figuratively was handling the sword of the Word of God. And so we see that everything in the Bible has a reason for being there. God wrote it, and God does not make mistakes. That is why we also read:

#2.    All This Was Done For One Purpose (Matt 26:54-56, 1:21, Gen 3:15, Isa 53:5-6, Jer 23:6, 33:16)

Please turn again to the Gospel of Matthew, Matt 26:54 (2X). The Lord Jesus has just told His disciples, “Put up again thy sword into his place”. And paraphrased He said, “Do not try to rescue Me. If I want to be rescued I can ask the Father to give Me twelve legions of angels”. Then we read in Matt 26:

Mt 26:54-56  But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

Twice did the Lord Jesus say, “All this was done that the Scriptures might be fulfilled”. And so, when we read this, we must understand and believe that Jesus was not a victim, but that He was sent to this earth particularly to save us from our sins. Before the Lord Jesus was born, the Angel of the Lord said to Joseph, in Matt 1:21, “Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins”. This was the main reason why He was sent to this earth. And who are His people? They are all those whom the Father has selected from before the foundation of the world, and whose sins were laid on Jesus so that He could atone for their sins. It means that we who presently were saved in the 20th or in the 21st century were among the people whom the Father has selected, and has given to Christ, God the Son, before the foundation of the world, and whose sins were paid by the Lord Jesus Christ in AD 33 on the cross. This was decided in the counsel of God before the foundation of the world, and was recorded in the OT Scriptures all along. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 53:5 (2X). Already in the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve sinned, God said to Satan in Gen 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel”. Paraphrased, “I will put perpetual enmity between thee (Satan), and the woman (the body of believers), and between thy seed (all the unsaved) and her Seed (which is Christ); He (Christ) shall bruise thy head (a mortal blow on the serpent’s head), and thou (Satan) shalt bruise His heel (the serpent shall try to bite His heel, but shall only bruise it)”. This verse also says that Christ shall fight for us, in our place, for Satan is far too powerful to take on ourselves. This principle of substitution is echoed throughout the OT Scriptures, but especially in Isa 53:5-6, where we read,

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Jehovah God has laid on Christ the iniquity of us all, which does not refer to all mankind, but to all of us who have been elected from before the foundation of the world. The words “us all” in the Bible never refer to all of mankind. That is a misinterpretation which leads into the heresy off universal atonement, and from there into the Arminian heresy, which is so prevalent today. And so, when we read in the OT Scriptures that His name whereby He shall be called is “The Lord our righteousness” (Jer 23:6, 33:16), we understand that this refers to the Lord Jesus Christ who is substituting His righteousness for our righteousness, after He has paid for our sins the penalty that had to be paid. This was the purpose of God in sending Christ to this earth. And so, let us look at the ultimate purpose of God for this creation.

Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 1:9 (2X). When we consider the Epistle to the Ephesians, we are reminded of the Declaration of Independence of these United States of America; except the Epistle to the Ephesians is more like a declaration of dependence; for we read here that we are totally dependent upon God. When we look at chapter 1 we notice that verses 3 through 14 are one sentence, and verses 15 through 23 are also one sentence. Moreover, verses 3 through 5 are stating the activity of God the Father, verses 6 through 8 are stating the activity of God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, verses 9 through 11 are stating the activity of God the Holy Spirit, and verses 12 through 14 are stating the passive activity of the saints, which is passive because all things are given by grace. Let us now focus on verses 9  through 11, for here God the Holy Spirit has given us a sliver of insight into the purpose of God for creating this world, and us, for His glory. We read in Eph 1:9-11,

Eph 1:9-10 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Verse 9 says that God the Holy Spirit has made known unto us the mystery of His will. What is this mystery of His will? Please put a sticker here in Eph 1:9, for we shall return there a few times, and please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle to Timothy, 2Tim 1:9 (2X). Let us just read one verse which states precisely what God the Holy Spirit has made known unto us. This is the second letter of the apostle Paul to Timothy, which was entirely inspired by God. All these words are not the words of Paul, but are the words of God, which are given to us for our edification. In 2Tim 1:9 we read:

2Ti 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

It was the will of God that He saved us. He did not save everyone in the world but only us, whom He intended to save. He called us with a special calling that cannot be resisted. He called us by sending to us a preacher through whom we heard the true Gospel of salvation. And then we heard that God saves according to His own purpose and grace, and God does not save according to our works, for our works are altogether vanity and sin. And thus, it is impossible that anyone can become saved by accepting the gift of salvation, for such action would mean that we would be saved according to our works. 

Please turn again to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 1:10 (2X). There is actually no other verse like this one. There is no other verse that can make it clearer than what is stated here. We read here of “the dispensation of the fulness of times”, which refers to the end of time when Christ shall come to give us glorified bodies, and to take us up in the rapture. And then we read in Eph 1:10, “That he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth”. Does this refer to all material things? No! This refers to all things that are in Christ. The unsaved are not in Christ; they will be cast into Hell. And all their material possessions are not in Christ; all those things will be burned up. And so, when Christ is going to gather all things that are in Him, they will be all the souls of all the saints who have lived whose souls are in heaven, and all the souls of saints who are still alive at His coming, and all the glorified bodies that belong to those souls. The material things of this earth are of no concern for one soul is worth more than all the material things that are in this world, including the world itself.

Then we read in Eph 1:11, “In whom (in Christ) also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will”. There is one thing that dominates this verse: It is the inheritance. We have obtained an inheritance, past tense, which means that we have eternal life now. We cannot see it now, but we have it by faith; and this faith we received as the down-payment of our inheritance, as we can read in Eph 1:14, where the word “earnest” means down-payment. Our inheritance in the life hereafter is going to be so glorious that we presently cannot describe it. But there is another thing that we see here in Eph 1:11. It is the words “being predestinated”, as if it is a process that is still going on. Should this not have been in the past tense, like “having been predestinated”? And the answer is NO! For this verb is in the Aorist tense, which means that presently we are being watched over by the heavenly host who will make sure that we shall not stray from the sure path to eternal life in Christ. Our perseverance in the faith is expressed here in the words “being predestinated”. And so, when we consider Eph 1:11 we see that the emphasis is on our glorious inheritance, and that it is an inheritance that is being given to us “according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will”. It is not an inheritance that we could have earned or deserved by our works, and not even by our desire to do good works, for none of our works can be offered unto God as having any merit of its own. This is the purpose of God for creating us and for creating the whole world, so that Christ can gather us all in one, and that He can give us our glorious inheritance. To this end God’s providence rules all of history, so that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28).

Please turn again to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 26:56 (2X).

#3.       All the Disciples Forsook Him (Matt 26:56, Isa 63:5, Mark 14:50-52)

After the Lord Jesus said, “Put up again thy sword into his place”, and twice He said that all these things took place so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled, the disciples realized that the Lord Jesus was not going to resist His arrest, and His subsequent trial before the Sanhedrin. We read in Matt 26:56,

Mt 26:56  But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

The temple servants did not even try to stop them, or try to capture them; they were free to go. Jesus alone is what they wanted. This was entirely according to God’s will, for it was God’s will that the Lord Jesus would suffer alone. No one of His disciples would suffer with Him. We read in Isa 63:5,

Isa 63:5  And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

Therefore, they all forsook Him and fled. Please turn in your Bibles a few pages to your right to the Gospel of Mark, Mark 14:50 (2X). We have here a strange story about a young man whom the temple servants tried to arrest also. This is very strange, for the temple servants did not even bother to arrest any of the disciples; why did they want to arrest this young man? We read in Mark 14:50-52,

Mr 14:50-52  And they all forsook him, and fled. And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.

This story is again emphasizing that Christ must go to the cross alone. God set this up, so that we would have to search the Bible to find the spiritual meaning of this event. This young man is a picture of the church. The linen cloth represents the righteousness of Christ. But Christ has abandoned the church, for He has to go to the cross alone. Therefore the naked young man is a picture of a dead church. The church stands naked before God, because Christ’s righteousness has been taken away. To be naked in God’s sight means to stand there with all our sins exposed. That is why the nakedness of Adam and Eve was only shameful after they had sinned, not before they had sinned.

Let us pray that we may learn to interpret the Scriptures, so that we may understand when the Scriptures are being fulfilled. Let us pray that the wisdom of God may shine through in our life as much as in our studies of the Scriptures.       AMEN.            Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.