I discovered something hidden in the Word the other day that I found to be pretty awesome, and I doubt whether most people have ever had this discovery brought to their attention. I had never heard any preacher address these little known facts, until the other day when I was listening to Rick Renner, Greek scholar, teaching from Russia.
Although our English translations of the Bible from Hebrew, Aramaic, and the Greek, do a relatively good job, often there is “hidden manna from heaven that is hidden in plain sight,” that we must dig for. This study of the Word is going to shed light on the hidden manna in the garden of Gethsemane. We must piece together the four accounts written in the gospels to get the full picture that our Father was painting for us at Gethsemane.
After the Passover meal, we find Jesus in Gethsemane, which is direct across from the Mount of Olives, with His disciples. It was a rather large garden, surrounded by grave sites. As they walked together in the garden, they would have walked among graves.
After spending time alone in prayer, Jesus returned to His disciples, just as Judas was approaching with a multitude armed with swords and clubs, along with them were the chief priests, scribes, and elders. The translated English word "multitude" is "speira" in the original Greek, and refers to a Roman military cohort, which is between 300 and 600 soldiers.
Judas reveals his relationship with the Lord by calling him, Rabbi. While the other disciples called Jesus Lord and Master, to Judas Jesus was nothing more than a teacher. With a kiss, Judas betrayed his teacher.
John goes on and tells us: “Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, "Whom are you seeking?" They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am He." The original Greek does not have “He,” however, the English translators added it for a better understanding.
When Jesus uttered those two words, I AM, those Jewish religious leaders would have understood that Jesus was proclaiming to be God in the flesh. So much power and anointing were released when He spoke those authoritative words, “I AM,” that we read in the text that 300-600 Roman soldiers, “drew back and fell to the ground.” The Greek infers that they fell hard to the ground. This very same phenomenon happens today when Christians gather, and the Holy presence of the Lord is manifested among them. Today we call this supernatural phenomenon “being slain in the Spirit.”
Now before they arrested Jesus, Peter drew a sword and cut off the ear of Malchus, the servant of the High Priest. Upon such action, the Lord told Peter, "Put your sword into the sheath. Those that live by the sword, shall also die by the sword. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?" At this point, we reach the discovery of “hidden manna, hidden in plain sight.” Mark 14:51-52 records for us the following “Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him, and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked."
This is where it gets interesting! This linen cloth was not just any linen cloth. The original word is the Greek word “sindon.” The only other place where this word is found in the New Testament is in the account describing the burial of Jesus.
Matt 27:59-60 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
THIS LINEN CLOTH WAS A SINDON, A BURIAL CLOTH, not used for any other purpose except to bury the dead. The Jews, after a ritual cleansing, buried their dead naked, covered in a burial cloth. The atmosphere was energized with the Holy presence of God Almighty that when Jesus spoke the words, I AM, this young man was resurrected from one of the graves that were in the garden. Now let’s take a look at the picture that Father God was painting for us in the Garden of Gethsemane before Jesus went to the cross.
Every word in the text is there for a reason. When Jesus said “I AM,” He was identifying Himself as God in the flesh. With this proclamation, over 600 witnesses saw a demonstration of supernatural power take a cohort of soldiers to the ground just by uttering two words. They witnessed the miracle of the total restoration of Malchus’ ear, who was the servant of the high priest. Then stunned, they witnessed the resurrection of the dead.
Jesus did not measure up to the Messiah that the Jews were expecting. They were looking for a powerful Monarch that would take down the Roman Empire, would heal the sick, raise the dead, and rule in peace. Before Jesus went to the cross, he demonstrated right there in the garden of Gethsemane that He was indeed the Messiah. With the breath of His mouth, He announced “I AM,” proclaiming to be God. With that same power and the same breath, HE took down to the ground the cohort of Roman Soldiers, arresting those who came to arrest Him. He healed a man whose ear had been cut off. With the same breath of His mouth, He raised the dead. He ruled in peace, as He instructed His disciples to put down their swords, and He went peacefully to the high priest. They did not have any power over HIM, for HE went willing, as the Messiah of Israel, to accomplish His mission. They did not see the picture of Messiah that HE was painting for them in the garden of Gethsemane. My Question though…is…”DO YOU SEE IT?”
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