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Verses 37-42

Notice that Jesus doesn’t call him Peter, He calls him Simon as He refers to the old fleshly nature of Simon...
It was Jesus who first told Simon that His new name would be Peter, and now He is reminding him of who he is without Christ...
John 1:42 ESV
42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
Not long before this Peter was sure that he would be able to go to death with Jesus...
This is what happens when we try to follow the Lord in our flesh, with our own ability and power -
We fail without the Lord, even in following the Lord.
Jesus knew His disciples would fall asleep even though they thought they would be valiant unto their own death. He always knows His disciples better than they (we) know themselves.
Notice that even though Jesus doesn’t give His diciples a hard time about sleeping He does encourage them to stay awake and to be watchful in prayer.
I like this very insightful comment by Guzik...
Mark 2. The Sleeping Disciples (37–42)

Jesus knew Peter would fail; yet He encouraged him to victory knowing that the resources are found in watching and praying. If Peter woke up (both physically and spiritually), and drew close in dependence on God, he could have kept from denying Jesus at the critical hour.

i. Jesus found victory at the cross by succeeding in the struggle in Gethsemane. Peter—just like us—failed in later temptation because he failed to watch and pray. The spiritual battle is often won or lost before the crisis comes.

Verses 43-50

We know from John’s account that things didn’t go this smoothly for the Jews. IN fact John records details that the neither Matthew, Mark, nor Luke tell us...
John 18:1–14 ESV
1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6 When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” 9 This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?” 12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.
Please understand that non of this will take Jesus by surprise. He is perfectly aware that Judas along with the chief priests and upwards of 400-500 temple guards (band of soldiers) are coming to arrest Him with torches , swords and clubs.
Jesus is there waiting for all of this to happen. He knows that Judas will go there because it was a place that Jesus would go to pray before this night.
This is all a huge setup, a divine appointment on God’s prophetic calendar. Judas and the Jews who are opposed to Jesus think that they have finally got Him, but it is Christ who is in complete control even in this moment.
You see the time for Christ Jesus had come for Him to be glorified.
Matthew tells us what Jesus said after Peter cut off the ear of Malchus...
Matthew 26:52–54 ESV
52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”
According to Luke’s account Jesus healed Malchus ear.
Luke 22:51 ESV
51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.
Think about how loving and gracious it is that the last miraculous work of healing that we have recorded by Jesus is Him graciously touching and restoring the ear of a man that has come there to arrest Him and that will eventually lead to Jesus being nailed to the cross.
But also Had Jesus not healed Malchus, Peter may have been hanging beside Jesus on a 4th cross!
God is gracious to heal those that we hurt in our times of weakness and emotional outbursts because of His love.
It kinda makes you wonder if Peter would have drawn his sword at all if he would have been awake and praying instead of sleeping.
Notice that Jesus still used Peter's mistake to compassionately display His deity and loving kindness. Jesus loved Malchus with the same supernatural agape love that He loved Peter with, and He loves you and me with that same love even today. Oh that we would each receive that love in faith today!
It was not chains or rope that bound Jesus.
It was love. Loving obedience to the Father's perfect will.
Love for you and me
In complete loving obedience, Jesus looked down the tunnel of time at you and me and said I must do this for Mike and for _________(insert your name) in order that they might be forgiven of their sin and restored to the Father that loves them so much that He sent Me to pay for their sin through My death on the cross.
And they all left Him and fled ...
Just as He had told them back in verses 26-27

Verses 51-52

Mark is the only one who includes this little bit and because of that some have speculated that the young man is Mark.

Verses 53-59

If you remember from what we read in John’s account
John 18:13–14 ESV
13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.
John being an eye witness of the event is the only gospel writer who records this.
The chronology of the night is that first Jesus is led to Annas house for an illegal trial, after that He will be taken to Caiaphas house to stand an illegal trial before the Sanhedrin during the night, then eventually Jesus will be tried in the morning by the Sanhedrin. After they find Him guilty they will send Him to Pilate for trial since they could not actually carry out the death penalty. Pilate will send Jesus to stand trial before Herod and Herod will severely beat and mistreat Jesus before sending Jesus back to Pilate.
So Jesus ends up having 3 trials before the Jewish religious leaders and 3 more before Gentile rulers.
The trial was illegal because the law said that you had to wait until day to hold a trial. The trial was also illegal because the law said you had to first call witnesses before examining the accused.
The men of the Sanhedrin who are holding these trials were supposed to teach and uphold the laws of God. They were of course too out for blood to worry about doing any of this God’s way which is why they are trying Jesus by night at Annas’s house, then Caiaphas’ house and eventually they will have a daytime trial with witnesses who are false witnesses brought in by them so that they could convict Jesus of blasphemy since it was punishable by stoning the blasphemer to death.
As we get here to verse 53 Mark only records the daylight trial before the Sanhedrin.
Notice that even though they fled both Peter and John have returned to secretly follow Jesus to see what is going to happen.
Also notice that the Jews were seeking false testimony against Jesus.
Those that do finally say something completely take Jesus words out of context just so that they could have Him pronounced guilty and deserving of death. So, they get guys to say that Jesus said He would destroy the Temple, but what did Jesus really say in context? The event is recorded in John 2...
John 2:13–22 ESV
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Yet even about this their testimony did not agree

Verses 60-62

Isaiah 53:7 ESV
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
These hypocrites think they stand in judgment against Jesus, but it will be Jesus who ultimately will sit in the judgment seat over all.

Verses 63-65

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