“And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. 45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. 46 And they laid their hands on him, and took him. 47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me? 49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled. 50 And they all forsook him, and fled. 51 And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: 52 And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.” Mark 14:43-52
Judas goes about doing his dirty, dispicable, dastardly deed. He betrays Jesus with the highest symbol of friendship in that society. This kiss was the way best of friends greeted one another, but Judas’s was an act of hypocrisy, betrayal.
They come with a large mob, to take the one who offered nothing to them except peace, hope, love, mercy, grace, and joy. They came as though He were a murderer, or a thief. The real thief was leading the way, and betraying the Master.
The lowly, miserable, sinful, unclean, wicked, deceitful, betraying, mob took hold of the sinless, perfect, holy, just, righteous, Son of God to take Him to a “trial” and then to take His life.
Peter’s response was to take the sword and attack, which he did and cut off the ear of a servant to the “High priest”. Other Gospel accounts tell us that Jesus healed this man’s ear (Luke 22:50-51). Peter was brave, but at a time when it was not necessary to act so brashly and without thought, but then, this was the character of Peter.
Jesus was always for the fulfillment of Scripture. In order for Him to be the true Christ [Messiah of Israel] all Scripture must be fulfilled. Not one “jot” or “Tittle” could go unperformed. God does not leave anything undone which He has spoken, nor will His Son. Jesus’s life, work, death and resurrection fulfill all Scriptures concerning Him and those events. Not one thing has been left undone. Just as the Scriptures had declared, and Jesus had said Himself all the disciples fled for their lives.
There is a young man, who is not identified, in the garden, and he flees without any garment. This “Young man” has been thought by some to have been John Mark – the writer of this Gospel. I see no problem believing that. Mark not wanting to draw any great attention to himself just identifies himself as a “Young man” who flees from the mob. He may have been hiding in the trees and rocks, looking onto the events of Jesus and His disciples, and was there when the mob came to take Jesus away.
Do we often try to hide when conflict comes? Jesus was willing to face the shame of the cross for our sins, and He willingly offered Himself for our sins.
-Tim A. Blankenship