Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
Ultimate Worship Ultimate Betrayal
Like in a theater, the house lights dim so the lights can come up on the stage. So too–both at the beginning and end of our account today, we see the lights dim in order to let the enemy have full sway, until the spotlight shines on the Savior–as the suffering Savior, then as the coming King.
He left in clouds and in clouds He will return–but not humbly riding into Jerusalem on a donkey but “in power and glory.”
No matter what happens around you, the words of Jesus will NEVER pass away–words like “I will never leave you nor forsake you” or that nothing can separate you from His love.
The main point here is that Jesus has given us a job to do, and that is to have an active relationship with Him, being transformed into His image by the Holy Spirit and to be a witness to His love and power.
At this point the religious leaders have resigned themselves to arresting Jesus, but they knew they were no match for Him in public and feared the crowds and a potential Roman response to a riot.
Mark puts it here, out of chronological order, to emphasize what Jesus is about to do.
From the ultimate act of worship to the ultimate act of betrayal.
It’s worth thinking about where we are on that scale–from freely giving it all to holding on so tight that we are willing even to leave Jesus behind.