Week 13, Thursday, Mark 14:43-52

Mark Devotionals

by, Rev. Sunil Balasundaram

Go to Mark 14:43-52

[Please read and meditate on the passage before (or after) reading the devotion.]


The world by nature is in conflict with Jesus and anybody and anything that stands with him. Sometimes that world in conflict will be violent, using not just physical weapons but harsh words, belittling attitudes and devious means as well. But even more saddening is when religious people unwittingly join the rest of the world and think they are actually working for God! And that’s what was happening at the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas Iscariot and the religious anti-Jesus group came armed, and under the cloak of darkness and betrayal to capture Jesus. Jesus knew who it was and why they were coming – and didn’t stop them! He didn’t even put up a struggle; because that was what God intended in order for His Will to be accomplished. Jesus knew something that his opponents did not. God is in control; He was about to do a great work of Grace; God would win in the end. Jesus just submitted to God’s way of working.


Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, when I let those who are so set on their own agendas to upset me. Especially if that “agenda” includes trying to undermine or cause harm to your children. Remind me at such times that you indeed are God, and that you are in control. Remind me of those words in the hymn “This is my Father’s World” – “O let me never forget, that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.” Teach me to be strong through being gentle, submissive through being obedient. May the world see you through whatever happens to me. Amen.


Leave a Reply