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questioning Jesus, Mark 16, ‘Who will roll back the stone… ?’

22 Sep

Mark’s gospel ends with an essential question concerning the stone at the tomb. Jesus’s stone. Our stone. death’s stone. The Gospel, the story of Jesus’s bodily resurrection, rolls away all stones, all life’s stone. All.

1-3 When the Sabbath was over, Mary. Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb. They worried out loud to each other, “Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?”

4-5 Then they looked up, saw that it had been rolled back—it was a huge stone—and walked right in. They saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed all in white. They were completely taken aback, astonished. 6- 7 He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Now—on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.” 8 They got out as fast as they could, beside themselves, their heads swimming. Stunned, they said nothing to anyone.

9-11 [After rising from the dead, Jesus appeared early on Sunday morning to Mary Magdalene, whom he had delivered from seven demons. She went to his former companions, now weeping and carrying on, and told them. When they heard her report that she had seen him alive and well, they didn’t believe her.

12-13 Later he appeared, but in a different form, to two of them out walking in the countryside. They went back and told the rest, but they weren’t believed either.

14-16 Still later, as the Eleven were eating supper, he appeared and took them to task most severely for their stubborn unbelief, refusing to believe those who had seen him raised up. Then he said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned.

17-18 “These are some of the signs that will accompany believers: They will throw out demons in my name, they will speak in new tongues, they will take snakes in their hands, they will drink poison and not be hurt, they will lay hands on the sick and make them well.”

19-20 Then the Master Jesus, after briefing them, was taken up to heaven, and he sat down beside God in the place of honor. And the disciples went everywhere preaching, the Master working right with them, validating the Message with indisputable evidence.]

Note: Mark 16:9-20 [the portion in brackets] is contained only in later manuscripts.

questioning Jesus, ‘rest’

21 Sep
Andrea Solario (c.1524) Mary Magdalen

Today, 21 September I wish to move deeply into Mark’s gospel by seeing Jesus’ burial from Luke’s narrative. There is a beauty to reading gospel events from different narratives. Questions should be, are raised, yet as one mediates on these queries, answered arise from times with the word. Reading the the word is calling on God, our Lord, to speak, to respond, to answer our spoken and unspoken questions.

So, if an image, a word, a moment in the gospel narrative strikes me, I question it by reading another view of the same event. In this moment I am reading Luke’s description of Jesus’ agony and burial. And I see my Lord telling me, ‘rest.’ Rest.

Luke 22 ‘An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.’ 45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

The disciples are not named here except by their emotion: exhausting sorrow. They sleep to no longer feel. Jesus cannot sleep. His sorrow is so richly felt that his sweat is stood of blood. Exhaustion is jest beginning; more of his blood will spill, flow,

Luke 23 55 ‘ The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.’

When I see ‘but’ at the beginning of a sentence, I sit up. A change, a reversal, a new, completing idea is arriving:

the disciples slept due to physical and emotional exhaustion, but the women who saw Jesus’ tortured body rested. How could they rest after seeing his flayed being?

They rested in obedience to the commandment, in obedience to the word .

Rested because they choose to live by the, but, the new way: Thy way is rest; and it will be done.

Luke 10: 42 defines this way to Martha who was anxious and busy in preparing her home while her sister Mary sits at Jesus’

….” but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

The good portion is sitting with the word at Jesus’ feet. This is the ‘but.’ This is what the women have done, they have rested in the shadows of Jesus’ crucifixion death. After preparing his oils, they rest.

Obedient, they sleep.

questioning Jesus, Mark 15, his death

18 Sep
Rosso Fiorentino. Descent from the Cross. 1521. Oil on wood. 375 × 196 cm. Pinacoteca Comunale di Volterra, Italy.

in a previous post I shared on Pilate and his desire to ‘people please.’ as I read Pilate for my life learnings, I can see myself when I was a people pleaser, and am a people pleaser. He plays to the crowd; he half listens; he tries to use questioning to manipulate.

‘People Pleasers’ are really trying to please themselves. They/I want approval, applauding, reverence. Please others, receive accolades, silent or spoken. Bathe in them; become their praise. And no washing of hands can remove their, this, stink,

‘What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.

13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.

14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

Now, after being turned over to the Roman soldiers, the whole centurion company , probably some of those who arrested Jesus in the Garden, are called to come to….

16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers.17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

In these moments before Jesus’ crucifixion, clothing and words are put on and then taken off Jesus. Did they, the soldiers, have an expensive purple cloak just lying around? And why bring the whole company in for this flogging?

To cover Jesus with the worst: blood and spite; false words and curses; and they touch his body to clothe, unclothe and clothe him again. They cover Jesus with thorns and whips; false praises and cheers, worship.

They cover Jesus to uncover him.

Now, to Jesus crucifixion, Jesus’ death,

21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. 29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!”31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

Questions from others have now become exclamations: strong, forceful, sure answers. They, the soldiers, the teachers of the law, passerbys and chief priests mock Jesus deeply, as ‘this Messiah.’ Mocking here only serves to please each in the crowd, which is usually themselves.

Will no one love, pity, empathise this dying man? –

The Death of Jesus

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome.41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

The Burial of Jesus42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.’

Joseph, Mary- Joseph’s mother- and Maru Magdalene, love Jesus. He, Joesph, takes Jesus’ body down, cleanses and clothes it in linen clothe, with tears. He carries our Lord’s body to the cave tomb.

Jesus as a baby was born in a manger he was wrapped in swaddling clothes. In death his birth is mirrored back to us. Why?

So we can feel how much Jesus feels is. His first and last moments are human, intensely human. Full of passion: emotions.

Jesus loved his earthly life. He always shall as he loves us fully, completely. His life,

true, true death.

questioning Jesus, Mark 15, ‘a better resurrection’

17 Sep

How can I, or anyone, face sufferings and death; betrayals and despairs; defeat and sadness?
Abandonments?

One Easter Sunday Tim Keller taught on ‘a better resurrection.’ He used Hebrews 11 as his text.

The first time I heard Tim teach in person it was in a men’s Bible study on faithful men. He spoke that night to approximately two dozen men in the basement of a Seven Day Adventist Church. One verse, ESV: “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”

Tim spoke about ‘holy fear,’ and how this type of holiness leads to faith. Tim’s essential point: faith is trusting when in a deep fear.

He took questions after his teaching and I asked, how did you know moving to NYC to plant Redeemer Presbyterian Church was the right move, God’s will. How did he know? Three boys; leaving a tenure teaching profession. How did he know? How did Noah know? NYC is a graveyard for church planters.

Tim replied, I visited NYC; then we came again Kathy and I, without the kids; we prayed with close friends and sort counsel, but, bottom line?

Romans 8. We trusted that all things, all work together for good for those who trust God. We trusted that even if we failed that God had something better for us.

A better resurrection in the midst of failure.

And that is what the Father had in mind for us as his only son passed to death on the cross: a better, eternal resurrection. Hebrews 11,

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.
31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Together, band – aided together, we are made perfect with Jesus.

We are becoming perfections. How?

By the perfect resurrection of trusting, faithfully trusting, our Father, even as we are being crucified, abandoned.

resurrections are coming.

questioning Jesus, Mark 15 – ‘my God my God, why have you abandon me?’

16 Sep

Last night, 15 September, I was speaking to a dearly, dearly loved brother in Jesus on the phone. Adam asked me as we were studying Mark 7, why are some people hear, like during this virus, and others not?

Three studies for figures at the base of a crucifixion by Francis Bacon

This question is akin to: why is there sufferings, deaths ? why am I healed and not another? why ..?

Why is the hardest( with ‘how’ ) question to answer. There is no yes or no with why. No simple sentence.
Why deserve, need, long and deep thought; complex and draft and designed paragraphs not a sentence or a word.

Jesus asks his Father here not to do something, a request, as, Father, remove this cup if possible? No. This is a different type of question, a prayer filled ‘why’.
Jesus doesn’t need a rescue. He is the rescuer. And Jesus knows why he is abandoned by God and friends; by disciples and the crowd; by us.

He is abandoned so that when I am abandoned my friends and family; by daughters and son; by unfaithful loves, I will know and know deeply that he knows how I feel because he felt similar emotions. He was abandoned.

Me, abandoned. By mother, at birth, and father at marriage; by twin and sister, her husband and family. By daughters.

Abandoned. Alone.

Except for him. Except for Jesus. He knows. Here, below, is a description of his abandonment,

‘Pilate gave the crowd what it wanted, set Barabbas free and turned Jesus over for whipping and crucifixion.
16-20 The soldiers took Jesus into the palace (called Praetorium) and called together the entire brigade. They dressed him up in purple and put a crown plaited from a thornbush on his head. Then they began their mockery: “Bravo, King of the Jews!” They banged on his head with a club, spit on him, and knelt down in mock worship. After they had had their fun, they took off the purple cape and put his own clothes back on him. Then they marched out to nail him to the cross.
The Crucifixion
21 There was a man walking by, coming from work, Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. They made him carry Jesus’ cross.
22-24 The soldiers brought Jesus to Golgotha, meaning “Skull Hill.” They offered him a mild painkiller (wine mixed with myrrh), but he wouldn’t take it. And they nailed him to the cross. They divided up his clothes and threw dice to see who would get them.
25-30 They nailed him up at nine o’clock in the morning. The charge against him—the king of the jews—was printed on a poster. Along with him, they crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: “You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days—so show us your stuff! Save yourself! If you’re really God’s Son, come down from that cross!”
31-32 The high priests, along with the religion scholars, were right there mixing it up with the rest of them, having a great time poking fun at him: “He saved others—but he can’t save himself! Messiah, is he? King of Israel? Then let him climb down from that cross. We’ll all become believers then!” Even the men crucified alongside him joined in the mockery.
33-34 At noon the sky became extremely dark. The darkness lasted three hours. At three o’clock, Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”’

If I am in a band, I am in a group, as the band of brothers. Jesus, I am with you; you are with me. Running, walking, we are together.

I am not abandoned. I am with you.

questioning Jesus, Mark 15, Pilate

15 Sep

Jesus is brought before Pilate, the new Roman authority. Wishing to begin well, to win over the populace, Pilate is nothing if not pliable, mutable. He has one essential question for Jesus, himself, and the people,

Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.

2 Are you the king of the Jews?”asked Pilate.

You have said so,” Jesus replied.

Pilate voices the question, Are you the king of the Jews? Present tense; open and clear. Yes on no. And no mater how Jesus responds, death.

3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 4 So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”

5 But Jesus still made no reply,and Pilate was amazed.

6 Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. 8 The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.

9 “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, 10 knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him.11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.

12 “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.

13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.

14 Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

How is the crowd speaking. They are shouting. Jesus has blasphemies their holiday; has no met their kingly expectations. They scream louder. The shout again and again.

This is their answer, crucifixion. They hear; they answer. The question is settled, sorted.

Crucifixion.

questioning Jesus, Mark’s gospel:

14 Sep

The Gospel is about feeling, loving,

Deuteronomy 6:5
‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’

All. all.

Jesus feels intensely. Intensely as God’s son and as man. He feels the others as they both hate and love him. Sadducee or family members; Pharisees or disciples; chief Priest or Mary. Jesus emphatically feels all. His emotions are 100% human and 100% as Father’s. Overflow is the movement of his emotional life. And the gospel is overflow. Yet, nothing is lost. The excess is saved, given to all believers.

Jesus was -is- in a sense-Autistic: he had a heighten sense of all emotions and experiences because he is God and man. He was the author and creator of emotions. He is also the receiver of our hurts and joys. How can we know this?

We know because one can’t cry ‘Abba, father’ or say ‘this is my beloved son’ without deep, deep feelings, emotions.

The son is beloved. Beloved. Our gospel is one of love and grace; generosity and overflow. Receiving and giving. As we close our study of ‘questioning Jesus,’ consider what all these questions are about. They all point to Jesus, the ‘God spell’

Our Gospel.

questioning Jesus, the Gospel of Mark

13 Sep

Before we move onto the last days and resurrection of Jesus in Mark’s gospel, let me ask an essential question: what is the gospel?

Consider Tim Keller on the gospel, “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”

what is the gospel?

What does a Christian feel?

Supposed to feel?

How does the gospel enrich, deepen our emotion life?

For me Jesus is the gospel; and we are to be like him. Loving, accepting of ourselves and others. To feel and love.

We are to be as He, Jesus. To feel as he feels. Yet, how is this to be?

He feels the things we can’t feel; we are so finite and limited by our sin. Yet, by seeing the gospel of Jesus we can feel anew. This is the solution for enriching our abilities, our hearts, our minds: it is his life, work, teachings, and death. His resurrection is life, his and ours.

The gospel is Jesus understanding how we feel and our understanding how Jesus feels. Where can we grow in our understanding?

The community of believers is a generous gift where we experience him as we explore this gospel story. 1 Peter speaks of Angels ‘stooping’ to see, as they never tire of looking at the, into, the gospel. It grows deeper and wider the longer we look. Just as the horizon lengthens the longer we see, meditate on it, so does the meanings of Jesus as we look into the gospel story.

Our feelings are renewed, rebuilt, restored by our birth into and by this attraction. Jesus’ story pulls us into reflections and meditations. Our emotions are stirred. Questions are borne. My essential questions flow from ‘stooping’ with the angels of 1 Peter: do Angels have feelings? Emotions? If so, is their worship enriched by their stooping to see Jesus, the gospel? How?

Before we consider a response, let us look at those who hated Jesus. Hate is an intense pure emotion. It is the opposite of looking, seeing, stopping. Those who hate can only see what or whom they hate. Thus, before we can understand angel gazing, angel Iove, let us think on its opposite, hate.

In Luke 7 people hated Jesus because he allowed a sinful woman to anoint him; in John’s gospel he was hated for his tears. He was hated because he had tears for Lazarus’ death; hated for his Jerusalem tears. He was hated for eating with his disciples on the Sabbath; hated for his miracles, his teachings. Jesus was despised because of his emotions, his love for people. Jesus weeps. ( John: 11: 35 ) Some hate Jesus’ for his tears because they remind them of what they are, do not: they have ceased feeling deeply. They can’t or have stopped feeling deeply,

The gospel teaches us to feel empathically, with our whole beings. We are made to feel what Jesus feels. We are made ‘to stoop’, to feel the other, intensely, empathetically, as a child. Or how an angel feels after they experience Jesus. They are to come to hear, to see, touch with wonder. Renewed they, and we, can now feel our neighbour as ourselves. To feel, experience God, the Father, anew everyday. To love him, our Lord, with all.

1 Peter 1:12 YLT

‘… to whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to us they were ministering these, which now were told to you (through those who did proclaim good news/gospel to you,) in the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, to which things messengers ( angels) do desire to bend looking.’( stoop )

Jesus taught, teaches us, to love our neighbour as ourself and to love our Father with all our heart, soul and might. This is his ‘ask.’ (Deuteronomy 6:4 – 7 )

This is the gospel that stoops into us and we stoop into it, into Jesus. More than we can dare hope, as we look into others, and he looks into us, we are loved.

This is the gospel,

Jesus loves.

questioning Jesus, Mark 14 “Are you not going to answer?”-

12 Sep

“Are you not going to answer?” …

Note the ‘not’ in the Chief Priests question to Jesus. He does not say, ‘ are you going to answer?’ The Priest puts the ‘not’ in his challenge to emphasise Jesus self-silencing.

Jesus silences himself as he is no longer teaching out to a crowd in the Temple, or washing his disciples’ feet in an Upper Room, or healing wounded soldier in the Garden. He has prayed to his father and asked that his, this cup, be removed. But it is His Father’s will that Jesus holds, drinks from this earthly cup. Self-Silencing can be an isolating negative; it can be a step an addict or a person who has experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse takes to protect their heart and self.

I believe Jesus is following another principle in his self- silencing. But first let us look at the whole arrest narrative from Mark,

They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire. 55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.

57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.

60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.

Jesus here is silent because he will not answer, submit to questions that are lies. He self-silences so not to be touched by their words or questions. But then comes another question,

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

63 The high priest tore his clothes. ‘Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked.64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you

Jesus answers ‘ I am.’ He answers this one question, the query on Jesus’ nature: he must answer, ‘I am.’ He speaks, answers only on this: he is God, I am.

The priest’s reaction; his clothes tearing and statement questions to the chosen audience confirms his and Jesus’ earthly fates: one can not see, listen or hear and one hears and sees all. Jesus speaks his unity his the cup, with his father, with us: he is the ‘I am.’ and so…

They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.

Silence

questioning Jesus, Mark 14, arrested

11 Sep

‘Just as he was speaking,…’

Judas appears. He does not speak words; his speech to the soldiers, the disciples, to Jesus, and to us is a kiss. A kiss that leads to an arrest, a trio, a, his, death. Judas’ kiss ends Jesus’ speech.

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.

Jesus submits in self-silence.

53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.

55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree. 57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.

The witnesses can not agree, but Jesus still must be questioned. Soon he will be.