Read Mark 14 at Bible Gateway.
Portions of this chapter form a chiastic structure:
1a) Mar 14:41-52, Jesus betrayed;
1b) Mar 14:53-55, The chief priests and the council sought testimony against Him to put Him to death;
1c) Mar 14:56-59, False witnesses bore testimony against Him, but their testimony did not agree;
1d) Mar 14:60, “Do you answer nothing?” But He answered nothing;
central axis) Mar 14:61, The high priest asked Him, “Are You the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”;
2d) Mar 14:62, Jesus answered, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power,”
2c) Mar 14:63-64a, What further need do we have of witnesses?;
2b) Mar 14:64b, They all condemned Him as deserving of death;
2a) Mar 14:65-72, The officers mocked and abused Him + Peter denied Him three times.
The central axis asks the question that the entire Gospels were written to testify of: that Messiah Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of the Most High God.
This structure extends into Mar 15: Jesus’ trial before Pilate corresponds to His testing and suffering in prayer before the Father in the Garden of Gethsamane. His crucifixion corresponds to the Passover meal, because He is the Passover Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.
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