by Jerry Watts

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The World Meets Jesus (64 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
Jerry Watts
Mark 14:53-65

When I was student minister, I love to show the old 35mm movies. Only youth retreats we would routinely show to old movies. The opening night of youth retreat we would see a movie entitled ''Without Onions,'' and the closing night we would see a movie entitled ''A Thief in the Night.'' For those who don't remember, the 2nd movie was a depiction of the 2nd coming of Christ.

However, many times I would show movies just for fun. One of my favorite movies for fun was entitled ''Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein.'' However, there are many movies where someone needs somebody.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem very few people were even aware. His parents, the animals, a few shepherds, and later a few wise man were all that were in the know. Even when Jesus was 12 and went to the temple, still only few even had encountered him.

At age 30 when he came to John the Baptist and was baptized, still there was a limited crowd who saw him. However, over the next three years Jesus attracted quite a crowd. The operative word is ''crowd'', because as their history will prove they were not 'of Jesus', but simply wanting something from Jesus. This is a stark reminder for us today of the words John the Beloved wrote, ''Those who went out from us was not of us because if they had been of us they would not have gone out from us.'' Still, inside of the band of disciples, Judas was only a part of the crowd. He never became a part of the congregation or the core.

Believe it or not, Judas hands Jesus over to the world. Scripture calls it a betrayal. Jesus is put in front of the leaders. For the next minutes, let's contrast two truths about this happening.

We will contrast Jesus standing before the world and the world standing before Jesus - for I believe we can see both pictures in our text.

1. Jesus before the World - Have you ever stood in a court room with a presidin ...

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