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Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests to arrange for Jesus’ betrayal and struck up a bargain for thirty pieces of silver (vv. 10-11). Perhaps you are wondering how he could do such a terrible thing. Very likely Judas expected Jesus to start a political rebellion and overthrow Rome. Now as it became evident that Jesus kingdom was not physical or political but spiritual Judas’ greedy desire for money and status could not be fulfilled if he continued to follow Jesus. Regardless of what motivated him it is clear that Judas allowed his desires to place him in a position where Satan could manipulate him. It is evident that the desire for money can make a person blind to honesty and decency.
It was the first day of the feast of unleavened bread (v. 12). The Passover lamb was to be slain between 3:00-6:00 p.m. on the 14th day of Miran. Since for the Jews the new day began with sundown, it would have been Friday when Jesus and His disciples met in the upper room. Each worshiper slew his own lamb in the Temple and then it was carried home to be roasted. It must not be boiled. The disciples asked the Lord where they should prepare to eat the Passover. It was a rule of the Jews that it must be eaten between sunset and midnight. Also there must be a group of at least ten to twenty people for each lamb which made the disciples an ideal group.
Jesus told Peter and John to find a man, “bearing a pitcher of water,"(a man with a water-pot on his shoulder would stand out in the crowd because these were usually carried by women) and he would show them an upper room already prepared (vv.13-15). These two disciples went into the city and found everything just as Jesus had said (v. 16).
How would I feel if one of my closest associates on this earth was to betray me for a sum of money? Would I be able to accept it as part of God’s will for my life? Perhaps I can think of someone who has really disappointed me and I still hold bad feelings toward them. If so, I need to make this right.
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him. And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, "Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?" And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us." And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
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Mark 11:1-11Jesus Rides a Donkey Into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Mark 11:12-18Jesus Said The Temple is a Den of Thieves
Mark 11:19-26Jesus Cursed The Fig Tree And it Dried Up
Mark 11:27-33Jesus Questioned on His Authority
Mark 12:1-12Jesus Tells About The Owner Of a Vineyard
Mark 12:13-17Pharisees Ask Jesus About Paying Poll Tax
Mark 12:18-27Whose Wife Shall She Be in The Resurrection?
Mark 12:28-34“You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.”
Mark 12:35-44Jesus Makes Charges Against The Scribes
Mark 13:1-13Prediction of “The Time of Tribulation”
Mark 13:14-23False Teachers in The End Times
Mark 13:24-32A Description of The Second Coming
Mark 13:33-37We Must Not be Found Sleeping
Mark 14:1-9Jesus Anointed With Perfume
Mark 14:10-16Judas Arranges For Jesus Betrayal
Mark 14:17-26Lord’s Supper Replaces The Passover
Mark 14:27-31Peter’s Heart Was in The Right Place
Mark 14:32-42Jesus in The Garden of Gethsemane
Mark 14:43-52Judas’ Arrival to Betray Jesus
Mark 14:53-65Jesus is Brought Before The Sanhedrin
Mark 14:66-72Peter Denies His Lord Three Times
Mark 15:1-5Jesus is Brought Before Pontius Pilate
Mark 15:6-15Barabbas is Released
Mark 15:16-23Simon Commanded to Carry The Cross
Mark 15:24-32Jesus is Nailed to The Cross
Mark 15:33-41Jesus “Gave Up The Ghost”
Mark 15:42-47Joseph Places Jesus in The Tomb
Mark 16:1-8Angel Says Jesus is Risen
Mark 16:9-14A Reluctance to Believe
Mark 16:15-20“Go Ye Into All The World”