The Thrill of Victory or the Agony of Defeat, “The Second Quarter” #10


The Second Quarter Played in the High Priest’s Palace


After Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, he dealt with the religious elite that hated him and would end up killing him. Mentally he was dealing with the reality he was going to be killed. He could have walked away from the playing field and lived, but he didn’t, making eternal life and healing available to mankind! 


As the big game of life played out it’s hard to put in words what happened during this confrontation

Matthew 26:57-75, Mark 14:51-72, Luke 22:54-71, John 18:13-27


The Head Coach was now the only player on the word’s team after his team fled because of fearing the world’s team, he faced eleven players on the world’s team. A defensive lineman weighing about 350 pounds told him we are going to kill you as he broke 2 big chains over his head, they also had trash talking back then. The Head Coach lined up to take the first snap to himself, looked the defensive lineman in the eye, and ran over him on the way to the word’s team’s first score (the lineman’s name may have been Legion – Mark 5:1-15, Luke 8:27-35)


The world’s coaching staff just stood there muttering to themselves saying how do we kill him, knowing they would lose the big game if they didn’t


After the Head Coach’s touchdown, he played defense, because the world’s team aggressively went on offense using tactics that were not called penalties by the refs

  • They humiliated him by spitting on him, slapping him, and punching him when he was blindfolded multiple times after each play – Matthew 26:66-68, Mark 14:63-65, Luke 22:63-65, John 18:22,23


  • Interesting side note, Peter almost got back in the game but ended up fleeing again. Peter told the Head Coach he would never deny him, and would rather die with him (Matthew 26:33-35, Mark 14:26-31, John 13:33-38)


  • Peter lied, fellowshipped with the opposing team, cursed and swore about his Head Coach, and denied he even knew him – Matthew 26:58,69-75, Mark 14:54,66-72, Luke 22:54-62 (The head coach looked at Peter and said nothing!), John 18:15-18,25-27


The Head Coach broke another long run for a touchdown by using the power given to him by his Father, called Holy Spirit, and the opposing team could do nothing except say it’s not fair – Matthew 26:62-65, Mark 14:60-63, Luke 22:66-71


The score at halftime was the world’s team 21, and the Head Coach’s word team 14


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