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45 Days To Read The Gospel Challenge – The Gospel of Mark Chapter 14: The Spirit is Willing But the Flesh is Weak

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Overview of the Gospel of Mark

Mark “Mark John” is also known as “John” in the Book of Acts.  He is not John the Baptist.  Peter (disciple)  was a mentor to Mark.  Mark did not walk with Jesus but ministered under Peter.  Peter called Mark, his son.  Mark’s work was written in Italy around A.D. 50-70 before the Book of Acts.  Mark’s work is referred to as the “Memoirs of Peter” because he was very close to the disciple Peter and listen to everything Peter said.   The Gospel of Luke borrowed a lot of Mark’s notes. 

The Gospel of Mark focuses on the miracles that Jesus performed while spreading his ministry in Galilee.  Mark’s Gospel emphasizes Jesus Christ’s human nature, emotions, and limitations. *Note: This side of Jesus demonstrates that there aren’t any human conditions that he is not aware of and therefore his believers can know that he understands our problems and situations. 

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45 Days To Read The Gospel Challenge – The Gospel of Mark Chapter Fourteen


38watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

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The rulers conspired against Jesus by soliciting the help of one of Jesus’s disciples to tell them where Jesus was and help identify him.  A woman puts oil on Jesus’ head to prepare him for burial. He stated that from that moment on all the world will know of her and what she did.  Jesus has a “Passover Supper” with the disciples.  It is often referred to as “The Last Supper.”  It was the last time they would eat together before Jesus’ crucifixion. He commanded believers to imitate the Last Supper until this day.  The dinking of the wine (blood) and eating of the bread (flesh) in remembrance of Jesus and his completed work on the cross.

Jesus went to a garden in Gethsemane to pray.  He asked the father to take the cup he was to bear away from him.  He accepted that this was what he was to do.  He returned from the garden and the disciples were sleeping. He warned them that they should always watch and pray lest they fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing and the flesh is weak.  That is why it is so important today to be aware and pray, if not for yourself but for others.  Jesus predicted it was time for him to be taken into captivity. The hour had come. He told Peter he would deny him three times. Peter could not believe it and said along with the others he would not deny him.  The Priests and soldiers came for Jesus with Judas.

Judas saw Jesus and identified him with a kiss. Jesus was taken to the high priests without a fight.  Many witnesses had different stories against Jesus but none of them agreed with each other.  The high priest said unto Jesus, “Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62And Jesus said, “I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven”.  The high priest charged Jesus with blasphemy.  A charge that carries a punishment unto death.

A servant saw Peter and identified him as one of Jesus’ disciples. Peter denied Jesus, even cursing. Jesus was looking at him.  The rooster crowed three times. 

Note: sometimes our truest will break our hearts with betrayal. Fear can make people do strange things.  Learn to forgive quickly so you are not filled with bitterness.  Don’t let it break you. Keep going and soon you will remember no more.    




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Objectives for  Chapter Fourteen-What you will learn:

 1. You will learn how the rulers conspire against Jesus to capture him.

2.  You will learn of the parable of a woman who anoints Jesus head with oil for his burial.

3.  You will learn how Judas betrayed Jesus.

4.  You will learn about  “The Last Supper”.

5.  You will learn why Jesus warns the disciples to watch and pray.

6.  You will learn Jesus’ prediction concerning Peter. 

7.  You will learn how Jesus is captured and taken to the high priests. The hour has come.

8.  You will learn the circumstances in which Jesus was sentenced to death: prophecy revealed. 

9. Disciple Peter denies knowing Jesus.


Outline for Chapter Fourteen of the Gospel of  Mark

1.  The Rulers conspire against Jesus.

2. At Bethany, a woman anoints Jesus’ head.

3. Judas conspires against him.

4. Jesus keeps the Passover: The Last Supper.

5. Jesus predicts his death and Peter’s denial. The hour has come.  

6. Jesus prays in the garden.

7. Jesus is betrayed by a kiss and taken to the high priests

8.  Jesus is sentenced to death.

9. Disciple Peter denies knowing Jesus.



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Reflection and Discussion: Something to think about.

When the second coming comes, can you say you are ready to meet the Lord because you have been a faithful friend and loyal servant that love the Lord?  What about your children, if you have any? It doesn’t matter their ages.  If not, start making plans to study the Gospel as a start.  There is still time. Write in your journal your thoughts.  


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See “Chapter Fourteen Highlights” below for scriptures and help with the quiz. If needed, refresh the screen to retake the quiz.


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1.  The Rulers conspire against Jesus.   Mark 14:1-2 KJV

1After two days was the feast of the Passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. 2But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people



2. At Bethany, a woman anoints Jesus’ head.  Mark 14: 3-8 KJV 

 3And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she breaks the box, and poured it on his head. 4And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? 5For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

 6And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. 7For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. 8She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.  9“Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.



3. Judas conspires against him and Jesus knows.   Mark 14: 11-21 KJV

The twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. 11And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him. 12And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the Passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the Passover? 13And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.

 14And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guest-chamber, where I shall eat the Passover with my disciples? 15And he will show you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us. 16And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the Passover.

17And in the evening he cometh with the twelve. 18And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. 19And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I? 20And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish. 21The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good is it for that man if he had never been born. 



4. Jesus keeps the Passover: The Last Supper.    Mark 14: 22-25 KJV

 22And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. 23And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. 25Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. 



5. Jesus predicts his death and discloses Peter’s denial: The hour has come.  Mark 14: 25-31 JHV

25Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. 26And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives. 27And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. 28But after that I rise, I will go before you into Galilee.

 29But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. 30And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. 31But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.


6. Jesus prays in the garden. Returns and disciples are asleep. He warns them to watch and pray to avoid temptation. The hour has come.  Mark 14: 32-42 KJV

32And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 33And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

 37And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 38Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 39And again he went away and prayed, and spake the same words. 40And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. 41And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour has come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.



7. Jesus is betrayed by a kiss and taken.  Mark 14:  43-50 KJV

 43And 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. 44And 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”. 45And as soon as he has come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.

 46And they laid their hands on him and took him. 47And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 48And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?   49I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled. 50And they all forsook him and fled. 



8. Jesus is taken to the high priests.    Mark 14:  51-64 KJV

51And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: 52And he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked. 53And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. 54And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire. 55And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. 56For many bare false witnesses against him, but their witness agreed not together. 57And there arose certain and bare false witness against him, saying,

 58″We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.” 59But neither so did their witness agree together. 60And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 61But he held his peace and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?

62And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 63Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?  64Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. 65And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.



9. Disciple Peter denies knowing.   Mark 14:  66-71 KJV 

66And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest: 67And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, “And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth?”  68But he denied, saying, ” I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest”. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. 69And a maid saw him again and began to say to them that stood by, “This is one of them”. 70And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto71But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.




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#1. How did the rulers conspire to capture Jesus?

#2. A woman anointed Jesus' head with oil. Why did he say she did that?

#3. How did Judas betray Jesus?

#4. What is the "The Last Supper"?

#5. Why did Jesus warn the disciples to always watch and pray?

#6. What was Jesus' prediction concerning Peter?

#7. How is Jesus captured and taken to the high priests?

#8. Why was Jesus sentenced to death and crucified?

#9. How did Peter deny Jesus three times before the crock crowed?



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Call to salvation:

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 10:9-10  9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. 

John 3:5-6  5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is the Spirit.

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