Food For Thought–The Power Of The “I AM”

Who was the naked young lad in the garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:51-52)? Why was he following Jesus? Why was he naked? Why was he wearing a linen cloth? Why did the Holy Spirit put this story in the Gethsemane event? Jesus had just finished his Gethsemane prayer session. Judas was coming with a band of men (John 18:1-8). Jesus asked them, “Whom seek ye?” The band of men said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said, “I am he” (vv. 4-5). As soon as Jesus said the words, “I am He,” such power was released that the mob Judas was bringing with him fell backwards to the ground (John 18:6). The power of the “I am” shook the ground, including the cemetery near by, and a young man was resurrected. Mark 14:51-52… “And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked” (KJV). The key to this young man is seen in the “linen cloth.” A linen cloth was used only for burial (see Matthew 27:59, Mark 15:46, Luke 23:53). When a body was prepared for burial, it was washed and buried in a linen cloth. The power of Jesus’ “I am” raised the young man from the dead. The reason he followed was to get a glimpse of the one who had resurrected him. When the soldiers saw him following, they tried to grab him, but he broke free and fled, leaving the linen cloth in their hands. Later, Jesus told Pilate in John 19:11, “Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above.”  

Jesus was not taken by the will of man but by the will of God. Some Bible scholars think that this young man was Mark, but it was not. Now you know…

Pastor George Belobaba

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