Matthew 26-28, Mark 1-2
Matthew Chapter 26
Jesus Christ knew that His sacrifice would be the fulfillment of the institution of Passover (Christ's Passover). The Levitical High Priest, who was responsible for overseeing the slaughter of the lamb, unknowingly also oversaw the killing of The Lamb Of God. Ironically, Christ also is the fulfillment of the office of High Priest (see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?).
"26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, 26:2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified [see Crosses].
26:3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders [see The Senate] of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 26:4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him. 26:5 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people." (Matthew 26:1-5 KJV)
Bethany is located on the south-eastern slope of The Mount Of Olives. The village was the home town of Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary.
"26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious Ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
26:8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 26:9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
26:10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 26:11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 26:12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
26:13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her [see A Prophecy To You]." (Matthew 26:6-13 KJV)
With Christ approaching the city, Judas agreed to betray Him (see Was Judas Necessary?).
"26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 26:16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him." (Matthew 26:14-16 KJV)
The "Lord's Supper" was held just after sunset on The 14th Of Nisan. The Passover lambs, and The Lamb of God, would be sacrificed in the daylight portion of Nisan 14, during the afternoon, about 18 hours later.
"26:17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread [i.e. it was the Preparation day for the First Day of Unleavened Bread which would begin at the next sunset; this was Nisan 14, the First Day of Unleavened Bread begins on Nisan 15] the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
26:18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. 26:19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover [to understand the dates and timing, listen to Sermon 0054: Christ's Passover, Sermon 0110: How To Observe Passover and
Sermon 0111: First Day of Passover / Unleavened Bread from our Sermons Page]
26:20 Now when the Even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 26:21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
26:22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
26:23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
26:25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I?
He said unto him, Thou hast said.
26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
26:30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into The Mount Of Olives." (Matthew 26:17-30 KJV)
Jesus then prophesied now-famous Peter's denial (The Lord wouldn't have singled out Peter if Peter hadn't spoken out, because the Christ said that all of them would temporarily forsake Him, which they did; see Before The Cock Crows to understand the important difference between turning away and falling away).
"26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd [see also The Shepherd's Voice], and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 26:32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
26:33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
26:34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
26:35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples." (Matthew 26:31-35 KJV)
The Garden of Gethsemane was on the Mount of Olives (shown in the photo). It was there that the mob seized Him.
"26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 26:37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul [note that, like all humans, Jesus had a "soul" - see Where Is Your Soul?] is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
26:39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
26:43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 26:44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
26:45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, 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 [note that the Christ was the only human who could say that without being a hypocrite]. 26:46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me." (Matthew 26:36-46 KJV)
The mob needed someone to point out the Christ because He was so ordinary looking (see What Did Jesus Look Like?).
"26:47 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. 26:48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 26:49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
26:50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come?
Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. 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 [see Malchus].
26:52 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. 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 26:54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
26:55 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.
26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the Prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled." (Matthew 26:47-56 KJV)
Jesus was then forced before The Sanhedrin, a council that included Sadducees and Pharisees, presided over by the High Priest.
"26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest [see also The Lines Of Eleazar and Ithamar], where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 26:58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders [see The Senate], and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus [these "men of God" who claimed to sit in Moses' seat knowing and deliberately violate the Commandment Thou shalt not bear false witness], to put him to death; 26:60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none.
At the last came two false witnesses, 26:61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days [see Physical and Spiritual Temples].
26:62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 26:63 But Jesus held his peace.
And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God [see Adjuration], that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven [see Behold, He Cometh With Clouds].
26:65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 26:66 What think ye?
They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
26:67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, 26:68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?" (Matthew 26:57-68 KJV)
Exactly as prophesied, Peter's denial (note how the people of Judah at that time had different accents within their same language e.g. Jesus' accent as a northerner from Galilee would very likely have been slightly different than that of John the Baptist who was a southerner from Judea - that's why Peter's accent, as stated below, was noticeable to the people of Jerusalem; see also Shibboleth):
"26:69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
26:70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
26:71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
26:72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
26:73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee.
26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man.
And immediately the cock crew. 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly." (Matthew 26:69-75 KJV)
Matthew Chapter 27
After an unlawful religious "court" through the night of Nisan 14, the Sanhedrin sent Christ to Pontius Pilate to obtain a death warrant. The people of Judah were under Roman military occupation and as such were about as "free" as a bird in a cage.
"27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: 27:2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor [see Ancient Empires - Rome]" (Matthew 27:1-2 KJV)
At that time, Judas "repented" and then hung himself. If he had truly repented, rather than have felt horror at what he had done, would he have seen the need to hang himself? See also Was Judas Necessary?
"27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of Silver to the chief priests and elders, 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.
And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself [see also Gallows].
27:6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood [see also Why Blood?]. 27:7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the Potter's Field, to bury strangers in. 27:8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
27:9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
27:10 And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me." (Matthew 27:3-10 KJV)
Jesus was brought before Pilate, who contemptuously asked Him if He were "the King of the Jews." Note that the Romans had Christ executed for purely political reasons which, at that time, may have seemed absurd, but the fact remains that Christ is a King who is going to overthrow "Rome" in due time (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah, The Coming World Dictator and Imperial Rome, One Last Time).
"27:11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews?
And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
27:12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
27:13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
27:14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
27:15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
27:16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 27:17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
27:20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
27:21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you?
They said, Barabbas.
27:22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?
They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
27:23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done?
But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified." (Matthew 27:11-26 KJV)
The Roman troops then took custody of Christ. What they did to him, what they were allowed to do to Him, is a testimony to how much self-control that the righteous angels have. Those Roman thugs never realized how easily they themselves could have been instantly struck down dead for the atrocity that they were committing (see Stand Back Now, Let It Happen).
"27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a Scarlet robe.
27:29 And when they had platted a crown of Thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him." (Matthew 27:27-31 KJV)
Christ had been beaten nearly to death. On the way to the crucifixion place, He required help to carry the cross beam (see Crossing The T).
"27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name [see Simon of Cyrene]: him they compelled to bear his cross. 27:33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 27:34 They gave him Vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 27:36 And sitting down they watched him there; 27:37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS [see The King of the Jews]. 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 27:40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
27:41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
27:42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 27:44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth." (Matthew 27:32-44 KJV)
"Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour" (see Hours Of The Day) is equivalent to from noon to 3 pm on a modern-day clock.
"27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [see Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani?]
27:47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
27:48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 27:49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost [see Giving Up The Ghost]. 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom [see Why Was It Torn?]; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many [see Why Were Their Deaths Interrupted?].
27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
27:55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: 27:56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children." (Matthew 27:45-56 KJV)
The Burial of the Christ had to be done quickly; it was already late afternoon, and the burial had to be completed by sunset (see The Son Rose As The Sun Set). It was accomplished by Joseph Of Arimathea and Nicodemus.
"27:57 When the Even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: 27:58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
27:59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 27:60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. 27:61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre." (Matthew 27:57-61 KJV)
A guard was posted at the tomb because the unbelievers didn't want the Body interfered with to fake a resurrection. Ironically, it was that very guard that guaranteed that the resurrection was miraculous, free from any human involvement (see also The Official Coverup). Notice here also, as mentioned above, that Nisan 14 is referred to as "the day of the preparation" for the First Day of Unleavened Bread, also known as "the First Day of Passover" (see Christ's Passover and Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread).
"27:62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 27:64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
27:65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
27:66 So they went, and made the Sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch." (Matthew 27:62-66 KJV)
Matthew Chapter 28
When the women arrived, very early, while it was still dark, on the first day of the week, the tomb was already empty because the resurrection had occurred hours before, just before sunset on the Sabbath (see The Son Rose As The Sun Set; also Sun Worship).
"28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene [see Mary of Magdala] and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
28:2 And, behold, there was a great Earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 28:7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
28:8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 28:10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me." (Matthew 28:1-10 KJV)
Having failed to prevent the miraculous resurrection, the chief priests then concocted the story that, while the soldiers fell asleep on guard duty, the Body was stolen from the Tomb (again, see The Official Coverup).
"28:11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and showed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. 28:12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 28:13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 28:14 And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. 28:15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day." (Matthew 28:11-15 KJV)
The "great commission," as given to the eleven disciples to the Israelites (e.g. see Peter's Ministry), and to the others who came later, such as the apostle Paul to the Gentiles (see Paul's Ministry), "28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you."
"28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 28:17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of The Holy Ghost: 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:16-20 KJV)
Mark Chapter 1
John The Baptist was the prophesied Elijah To Come for that time. Jesus' ministry began when John's ministry ended (see John's Last Days).
"1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 1:2 As it is written in the Prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins [see also The Origin of Baptism]. 1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan [see The Jordan River], confessing their sins. 1:6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 1:7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost." (Mark 1:1-8 KJV)
The "temptation of Christ" occurred after the baptism of Christ.
"1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens [see Heavens Below, Heavens Above] opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
1:12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days [see also The Forty Day Fasts], tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him." (Mark 1:9-13 KJV)
Jesus' ministry began after John the Baptist had prepared the way. The calling of His disciples took place not long after Christ began to preach.
"1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of The Kingdom of God, 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
1:16 Now as he walked by The Sea Of Galilee, he saw Simon [i.e. Peter] and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. 1:18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
1:19 And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. 1:20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him." (Mark 1:14-20 KJV)
Jesus frequently cured people of Demon Possession - sometimes in very unlikely places. Notice here also how Christ "taught them as one that had authority, and not as the Scribes" - the scribes were the origin of lawyers; Christ taught them about the Law.
"1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught [see Aliyya and Haftara].
1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit [see also Familiar Spirits]; and he cried out, 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 1:26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. 1:28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee." (Mark 1:21-28 KJV)
Jesus also healed many people of physical diseases and illnesses; the only required was faith (see also By Faith).
"1:29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. 1:31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
1:32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. 1:33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.
1:34 And he healed [see Healing] many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the Devils to speak, because they knew him." (Mark 1:29-34 KJV)
Jesus often prayed, most often alone - with God.
"1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed [see also Proof Of Answered Prayer]. 1:36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. 1:37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. 1:39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils." (Mark 1:35-39 KJV)
Christ had Compassion for people, even those who were suffering from one of the most feared diseases of the ancient world - leprosy.
"1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
1:43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; 1:44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 1:45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter." (Mark 1:40-45 KJV)
Mark Chapter 2
Palsy is an abbreviation of paralysis, a physical condition involving the loss or reduction of motion in some part or parts of the body, usually due to nerve damage or some nerve-related disorder. Christ made them walk again.
"2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. 2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 2:4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed [see Pallet] wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 2:9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, he saith to the sick of the palsy, 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion." (Mark 2:1-12 KJV)
The calling of Levi, more often known as Matthew, was a recruitment of a man well capable of keeping accurate records. Matthew the tax collector became Matthew the writer of the Gospel book of Matthew.
"2:13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. 2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many Publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 2:16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Mark 2:13-17 KJV)
Jesus' fasting was not based merely upon the traditions of Judaism that had come to replace what was originally given to Israel - which was given to Israel by Christ (see "The God Of The Old Testament" and Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death?).
"2:18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?
2:19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 2:20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
2:21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles." (Mark 2:18-22 KJV)
Christ was the Lord of The Sabbath because Christ was the Creator of the Sabbath (see Christ The Creator).
"2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the Corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. 2:24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
2:25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? 2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the showbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." (Mark 2:23-28 KJV)
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