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Jesus' arrest and the young man that escaped

Mark 14: 50 - 52: And they all forsook him, and fled. 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.

The above passage of scripture reveals prophetic parallels between Jesus and the young man that narrowly escaped being arrested.

The character was a man; Jesus was a man. The character was a “young” man; Jesus too was a young man (aged 33) when He died. The character was a “certain” young man; Jesus too was no ordinary man. The character was wearing a linen cloth; so too was Jesus clothed with a linen cloth according to John 19: 2: And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,

The Greek word for “linen” is “sindon”; a fine (and expensive) cloth worn by the rich and was used to wrap the dead. The young man was dressed for burial; Jesus too was dressed for burial. The linen cloth worn by the young man was “cast” about his body. The Greek word for “cast” is “periballo”, which means “thrown about”. Jesus too was clothed in a robe that was cast about his body; the Greek word for “put on” in John 19: 2 is “periballo”. The young man was naked beneath the linen cloth; so too was Jesus naked when He was crucified.

The young man was laid hold on; so too was Jesus laid hold on. The Greek word for “laid hold on” is “krateo”, which expresses brute force. Matthew 26: 48: Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold “krateo” him fast. The young man escaped out of his garment; Jesus did not escape, but went as a sheep to the slaughter.

Jesus died and the young man lived. Leviticus 14: 4 - 7 illustrates the story. Jesus was the dove that died so that we could be sprinkled with His blood and set free from sin. We were dressed to die (we were born in sin), but Jesus took our place; He took our guilt and died for us.


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