Mark 14:41 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Mark 14:41, NIV: "Returning the third time, he said to them, 'Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners."

Mark 14:41, ESV: "And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners."

Mark 14:41, KJV: "And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners."

Mark 14:41, NASB: "And He *came the third time, and *said to them, 'Are you still sleeping and resting? That is enough. The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is beingbetrayed into the hands of sinners."

Mark 14:41, NLT: "When he returned to them the third time, he said, 'Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But no--the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners."

Mark 14:41, CSB: "Then he came a third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The time has come. See, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners."

What does Mark 14:41 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus has been praying that God would choose not to abandon Him to the sins of the world, that the "hour" of His torment would pass (Mark 14:35). Jesus has known He must face the cross since before the creation of the world. God prophesied this moment when He confronted Adam and Eve about their sin (Genesis 3:15). Jesus fought for the right to be crucified during His temptation in the desert (Matthew 4:1–11). Without the crucifixion, there is no salvation. It is why He came to earth, and it is how He obeys His Father (Philippians 2:8). So it is no surprise that the hour has now come.

The hour has also come for Peter, James, and John. Jesus told them to use the time of rest to prepare for the spiritual warfare that is coming (Mark 14:37–38). It is already established that the disciples will scatter when Jesus is arrested (Mark 14:27) and Peter will deny knowing or following Jesus (Mark 14:30). But had they watched and prayed, the damage may have been mitigated, as it was for Hezekiah when told of his impending death (2 Kings 20). Instead, the disciples slept, and the time they had for preparation is over.

The hour has also come for Judas. The theology of Judas is difficult. He was chosen by God as the "son of perdition," that is, the person set aside for destruction. That doesn't mean God made him evil or forced him to betray Jesus to the Jewish leaders. It was Judas who had more loyalty to money and himself than this Jesus he had followed around for three years. Satan may have directed (Luke 22:3) and encouraged (John 13:27) Judas' decisions, but Judas is still responsible for his own beliefs and actions. Satan used Peter, as well (Mark 8:33), and Peter does deny following Jesus, but he never chooses to betray Jesus.

We will face our own "hours" as well. God gives us times of peace to rest and prepare, but there will come times when we must act. It may be confronting sin in a friend, sharing the good news of Jesus, or even accepting Jesus as our Savior. We have a choice whether to sleep like the disciples, prepare to meet our own selfish needs like Judas, or pray to God for what we will face next.