Come Follow Me LDS- Jun 10 – 16 Part 2: Matt 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, John 18

‘The Law, Mercy & A Valley’

– Law and Mercy meet in Gethsemane

– The Valley of Kidron, where Gethsemane lies, is the Valley of Judgement

– There is no way ‘around’ the law

– The Sacrifice of Jesus and the ‘Sacrifice’ of Judas (Cain & Abel)

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Part 2: Matt 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, John 18

CFM Part 2: Matt 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, John 18

In this episode we are going to talk

about the law mercy and a valley here we

go

so in our last episode we ended at the

last supper and after the Last Supper

Jesus takes his disciples and they leave

Jerusalem and they go out and they cross

into the Kidron Valley they go over a

brook as it says in John over the brook

and Kidron and they go to a place called

Gethsemane we don’t know exactly where I

get 70 is there are some ideas some of

you may have visited those areas were

not absolutely sure where this is but it

appears to be somewhere to the northeast

of the walled city on the opposite end

of the Kidron Valley at the foot

possibly of the Mount of Olives and so

that would be it would be down in this

valley this is an area that Jesus and

his disciples had gone to often and

later it Judas knows exactly where they

likely are because this is where Jesus

goes to teach but what’s interesting

here is as they come out of Jerusalem

and cross this valley this valley was

also known as the valley of jehoshaphat

and that means the valley of the Lord’s

judgment and valleys are oftentimes

depicted as areas of judgment remember

that a lot of the geography right

the symbolism of locations and

physical environment that we have in the

scriptures are found right in the old

world and they you know Armageddon for

example these are actual places with

specific details and descriptions that

are found in prophecies and that are

used as a typology for gospel principles

and for future events and this valley of

jehoshaphat or the valley of Kidron the

Kidron Valley is known as the valley of

judgement the valley of the Lord’s

judgment another place we see a valley

of judgment actually is in

Lehi’s vision or Nephi’s vision where

we see the great and spacious building

and it is divided from Lehi and his

family at the Tree of Life from what

from a great gulf that divides them and

this valley here is judgment and these

valleys are oftentimes described as

valleys of fire in brimstone or there’s

lakes of fire and brimstone and in this

case we might see Jerusalem instead of

Zion or The Tree of Life that would be

depicted from the temple more as the

great and spacious building up on the

hill just a thought and down here

in this Kidron Valley the valley of

judgement is where Jesus goes and he

takes his disciples with him and just as

with Moses as he goes up Sinai he brings

the elders with him he brings others of

the priesthood a few handful of others

with him and Jesus leads his disciples

behind where you probably were they

usually he usually teaches them and then

he goes off further I would guess

ascending up the foot of the Mount of

Olives a little bit and he takes Peter

James and John with him just like Moses

leaves the 70 behind a little bit and

brings a couple of others with him and

then leaves them behind and then goes up

further to meet directly with God so

this is a typology of what Moses did is

well on Sinai and each step that you go

through here it becomes something more

and more holy just like with the temple

now having said that thinking about the

valley of judgment how appropriate is

this this is the valley that Joel the

book of Joel the Prophet Joel uses for

his prophecies remember that Moroni

coming to Joseph Smith quotes Joel as

well and it’s about the Sun darkening

and the moon turning to red and etc etc

this is about the Lord’s judgment the

time of his judgment in the future what

is it that Jesus has come upon him it’s

judgment so you have these two laws that

are conflicting that work against each

other they are the law of judgment we

cannot get past that we can’t skirt

around it there’s no way around it we

are all judged we all have to grow and

develop either personally and/or through

proxy to get through judgment we can’t

avoid it that’s what they wanted to do

in the pre-existence they wanted to skip

judgment for and the freedom of

choice and not have the necessity of a

Savior to come in by proxy and pay the

price of judgment so in the valley of

judgment the valley of Kidron this is

where judgment lays itself in full

entire force upon Christ the sins of the

world he absorbs all judgment that we

will face he goes through the fire and

brimstone of the entire world here in

the valley of judgment and you think

about it how holy of a place might this

be my first thought is if I was there

and thinking about what might have

happened in that area of course wow I

can’t even imagine what that feeling

would be I guess but at the time that

Jesus is going through this it is not

what we might call a holy event what he

is experiencing it’s a holy event

because of what he is doing because of

what he has choices but what is

happening to him is dark what is

happening to him is hell the entire full

of the law is laying itself upon him the

law of God is completely laying itself

upon Christ all truth all shortcomings

all ailments all sin all mistakes that

fall outside of the law of God heap

themselves upon Jesus here with a

spiritual heaviness that we cannot

fathom and in this moment with Christ

this is where that justice and mercy

meet justice is what is happening to him

mercy is his willingness to pay for it

and so we get this meaning of these laws

and mercy supersedes overcomes that law

of justice because it is paid for going

back and looking in at Matthew on these

events we see in verse 38 then saith he

unto them my soul is exceeding sorrowful

even unto death tarry ye here and watch

with me you can imagine he’s

starting to get the weight of this law

coming upon him

and remember this is I had a discussion

with my dad recently on this as he was

reading through the Book of Mormon this

is a law there’s no way around it

there’s no way for God to get around it

it must be done it is pure reality we

try to skirt our way around things

sometimes or push things off or ignore

things where reality might sometimes be

staring us right in the face this is

Christ coming face-to-face with absolute

reality

a law that cannot be changed even by God

and so there are no other options if

Christ does not do this that judgment

that he is feeling will fall upon each

one of us and so it requires that mercy

and again going back to the word mercy

and the spiritual economy that we talked

about a lot remember where that word

comes from mercy is the same word that

gives us for example merchants even with

the Ark of the Covenant that had the

mercy seat which was the throne of God

this is why he is the king the king of

kings this is why he is Jehovah this is

why he is the son of God it’s because of

that mercy that mercy is love it is

charity it is the willingness to pay by

bearing the burdens of others in this

case all of the burdens of all of the

people he effectuates the greatest

transaction the eternal transaction in a

spiritual economy that unlocks us from

that law that will press down upon each

one of us and will lot not let us move

forward so that weight is coming upon

him here then he says and he went a

little further and fell on his face and

prayed saying O my father if it be

possible I I love this part often times

for me I see the Savior as unreachable

right he is he’s unreachable in the

sense that he is he is perfect at least

with the prophets especially the Old

Testament prophets we can read and see

these quirks and these sins and these

problems that they have less in the Book

of Mormon

Nephi seems to be perfect but with

Christ he has to be the perfect example

he has to be the perfect sack

face to take this law on and so here we

get a little bit of its vulnerability

right there is it they’d seen it maybe

what do you think about that it seems to

me like there’s some

vulnerability here and I think there has

to be some vulnerability here for this

to be love there has to be true

suffering there has to be true anxiety

there has to be true fear perhaps even

and he overcomes all of that and he says

here all my father if it be possible let

this cup pass from me this could be the

bitter the cup of redemption that we

talked about in the cedar meal that

we’ve talked about on that episode in

the Easter series so he is vulnerable by

saying here we are this is what I am

here for I’ve known this all along and

yet if there’s any way around this as

he’s already starting to feel this

weight upon him if there’s any way to

get around this to get around the law is

there some other way to get around the

law for everyone for all of my brothers

and sisters for all of mankind no

there’s not that reality is right there

meeting him head-on nevertheless he says

not as I will but is that weld I don’t

know if you can describe the gospel

better than that phrase right there I

have my own will Jesus here is given a

mortal body he has some inkling of what

he’s about to go through and the Gospel

writers here are talking about I think

they’re trying to show look Christ is

trying to say if there’s a way around

this let’s take it but there’s not

and therefore faced with that reality

and no other option he goes through with

it he goes through with the will of the

Father which is what he has always said

that he does even says remember with the

rich ruler that he is that even Christ

says of himself I’m not good I’m not

good there’s only one that is good and

that is God or the Father so Christ

himself is saying that he’s not good

what might that mean he is tying himself

to something greater

he is tying himself to truth he is tying

himself to a will that is outside of

himself what an example this is if

there’s a way around this I I want to

take it but if there’s not I will follow

through with I will and I will do this

for the love he has for the father

and for the love he has for us and he

comes down here in verse 14 he says and

he cometh unto the disciples and findeth

them asleep and saith unto Peter what

could you not watch with me one hour

watch and pray that ye enter not into

him – into temptation the Spirit is

indeed willing but the flesh is weak

think about what he is going through

right now and he’s uttering these words

he knows better than anybody already

right the flesh is weak the spirits

willing to do it but the flesh is weak

he just said father if I can get out of

this let’s do something different

here let’s go to plan B but his spirit

is willing and he forces his body the

flesh to be willing to go through as

well are we oftentimes faced with

something that seems impossible for us

to get through to progress something

that holds us back that stresses us that

gives us anxiety that gives us negative

emotions of even despair or hate or

revenge

and it seems very difficult to get

through it or a feeling of guilt from

something we may have done and here the

Lord is giving us the example that he’s

going to go through what he has to go

through in order to move forward and

bless not just himself obviously but to

create the path for all of us and so we

can do the same thing and for those that

are around us also we can go through

that we can break through that by being

willing to follow the will of God and

then we’re also told that he is left

completely alone when he is in the

garden so the spirit of the father

withdraws from him and he’s left alone

this makes me think about Moses in the

book of Moses when he has his vision

upon the mountain here and he is then

left alone and Satan comes and speaks

with him and he is left alone to battle

with the adversary with sin and that’s

what Jesus is doing here he is left all

alone to battle with the adversary no

one else can do ultimately everything

for us in the end we have to bring

ourselves forward by tying ourselves to

the Savior who ties themselves to the

Father we ultimately face that reality

and make those decisions and nobody can

do that for us they can help us along

but in the end we have to make those

decisions in the end nobody else not God

not our parents not our spouses nobody

else can make the decisions that we need

to make to move forward and then he

tells the disciples that he has done and

that the one that is going to betray him

is on his way coming to him now Judas

here knows where the disciples likely

are he’s come here many times with Jesus

and the other disciples

so he knows where to find him in the

book of John he doesn’t have Judas

kissing him giving him the kiss of

betrayal we can look at that perhaps as

some type of a witness that Judas is

giving to the authorities here the

Romans and the leaders of the Jews that

are with them that this is Jesus and

that this is the one that needs to be

taken away obviously the leaders of the

Jews know who he is and probably most of

those that are in authority within Rome

here in Jerusalem know who he is

even though the synoptic Gospels don’t

talk much about Jesus’s time in

Jerusalem John shows us remember John

writes after the synoptic Gospels and

fills in the blanks here in Jerusalem

the John shows that Jesus came to

Jerusalem at least they each of

these last few years and taught in the

temple and taught on the Mount of Olives

and they know who he is but as Judas

approaches with the cohort of men here

this is probably about 200 men that come

with him and it’s and it’s the Roman

guards its leaders of the Jews it’s the

servants of the high priests even as

they come here to arrest Jesus because

they already know what they’re going to

do to him they’ve known since the time

probably since the time that Jesus

raised Lazarus they’ve known exactly

what their plan was that they were going

to put him up on the cross on this

following day which was already a ritual

that was in place and so they come for

him and Jesus steps out toward them in

the book of John it says and says whom

seek ye and he asks them he asked them

twice who do you seek who are you

looking for and they say that they’re

looking for Jesus and he says what does

he say he says I go he me I am that I am

so he says that this is him that he is

Jehovah that he is the son of God and

they and they all fall back down onto

the ground this is what happens on the

day of atonement again another temple

image

here that we get where the high priest

would utter the name of the Lord that

one time each year and those that were

in the court of the temple the priests

and others that may have been in the

court of the temple would hear the name

of the Lord uh turd by the high priest

and each of them would kneel down and

bow down so this is John’s over John is

probably a high priest

this is John’s temple imagery here

showing that the great Jehovah here on

Gethsemane is about to betrayed be

betrayed into the hands of men this

event here it brings to mind for me the

story of Cain and Abel I don’t know if

anybody’s mentioned that before but

that’s what it reminds me of Cain and

Abel each are offering a sacrifice their

brothers and Abel offers his sacrifice

that is well accepted by God Jesus has

just offered the sacrifice which

certainly is accepted by God Judas

certainly is not being accepted by God

with what he is doing his offerings are

made actually to the leaders of the

Sadducees and the high priests and the

elders etc he’s offering up Jesus so

Jesus offers himself up and Judas offers

up Jesus in a sense they both offer a

sacrifice they are they’re both offering

the same sacrifice and Jesus does become

sacrifice because of Judas one is

accepted because he offers it for the

right reasons because it is about mercy

it’s about the Son of God and the other

is not acceptable

just like Cain’s sacrifice was not

acceptable and so here you see Judas who

might say well what’s wrong with what

I’m doing here am I my brother’s keeper

am i my masters keeper and my Jesus is

keeper and of course he is cursed and

Cain kills Abel and Judas here betrays

Christ and basically puts him in the

hands of those that are going to murder

him I think that sacrifice from Abel

originally by the way had a lot to do

with the Son of God just as this is

obviously about the son of the sacrifice

is about the son of God and so as the

men come to take Jesus Peter raises a

sword and cuts off the ear of one of the

servants now John interestingly enough

here gives the name of the servant

it is Malchus because John knows the

servants because he knows the high

priests he’s the only one that gives

this name Peter

cuts off the ear of Malchus and Jesus

tells Peter to back off basically that

it’s not his time that it is Jesus’s

time that is his hour to be to do what

he needs to do and it’s not Peter’s hour

that’s an important point and he picks

up the year Jesus picks up the year and

he heals Malchus this allows for Peter

not to be arrested think about it I went

over this in the Easter episode of

Thursday night but Peter is not afraid

of standing up for the Savior I have two

hundred men around you here and he’s

taking out his sword he knows he is more

than willing to go through whatever he

needs to do to try and save Jesus and if

Jesus does not heal this man’s ear then

he’s going to be taken away he’s going

to be arrested

the high priests aren’t going to put up

with that but Jesus can’t allow Peter to

be arrested he has got to lead the

church he has been given all of the keys

and so Jesus basically is telling Peter

look this is not your time that’ll come

later unfortunately that’s going to come

later this is I have to go do what I

have to do and then John has the men

here taking Jesus and binding him and

taking him first

interestingly to Annas Annas is not the

current high priest he was the high

priest previously I think he served for

about 15

years he probably hasn’t been the high

priest for maybe ten to fifteen years

but he has five sons that have been high

priests and the current high priest

Caiaphas is his son-in-law

so Caiaphas married Anna’s daughter so

Anna’s has a lot of power nobody else

covers this in the Gospels except for

John probably again because John has

inside knowledge may have even been

there with Anna’s because of who he is

because of perhaps his position in the

priesthood so he’s taken first to Anna’s

and then he’s taken to Caiaphas here’s

the important thing to understand here

and just summarizing this portion of the

events that are happening right now and

that is that everybody already knew

that he claimed to be the Messiah

remember that he is asked by a high

priest here about him saying that he’s

going to rebuild the temple that it’s

there’s not going to be a stone upon it

one another and then he is going to

rebuild the temple after three days this

is a sign of the Messiah the Jews all

know this that he is claiming to be the

Messiah that’s not what gets him killed

what gets him killed is him saying that

he is the son of God that is different

the Jews do not believe that the Messiah

is the son of God so he has been

according to John he’s been in Jerusalem

many times year after year here

preaching many of these sayings that

would make anybody believe that he both

the Jesus believes that he is the

Messiah but the claim that he is the son

of God that’s what does it here that he

is the great I am that he is Jehovah

that is ultimately what gets him in

trouble and John goes over this

specifically as does Mark and what he

admits to saying that he is the great I

am basically they don’t believe they

need any of any witnesses because they

couldn’t get any witnesses to come in

against him but they don’t need it now

because in front of everybody he has

claimed that he is Jehovah so he is then

sent to the full Sanhedrin

probably all 71 members they would need

the full san he

that morning to convict him to death and

then they’re going to turn him over to

Pilate and we’ll cover that next week

this is the same thing that happens with

a story of Abinadi and i know i go

back to this over and over again but

it’s crucial to understand in the

scriptures what I call the Nehor

Principle is alive and well throughout

the scriptures King Noah and his priests

do not believe in the Son of God they

might believe in a messiah they might

believe in the prophets they might

believe in the scriptures but they do

not believe in the Son of God and that

is what happens here with Jesus and so

this plan that has been put together by

Caiaphas who each year at least looks to

have somebody sacrifice or several

people sacrificed for the good of the

people has been in place for probably

about 40 days which is probably about

when Lazarus was raised I don’t think it

happened right before Jesus came in to

Bethany and then Jerusalem he was

condemned at that point when he had

raised Lazarus and all of these points

here are these narratives coming

together of Jesus going to get cemani of

instituting the sacrament of being the

sacrificial lamb on the cross are all

coming to bear at once here he had laid

on the ground in the valley of judgment

to pay for man’s sins and to overcome

the law of judgment through his love for

us and through his suffering through his

payment only to be handed over by men to

be judged of men to be betrayed of men

to be mocked and then put upon a cross

to suffer more how is it the truth is

turned so much on its head and so the

greatest event of all mankind is also

the most ironic event

of all mankind all talking

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