IT WAS ABOUT ten o'clock this Thursday night when Jesus led the eleven apostles from the home of Elijah and Mary Mark on their way back to the Gethsemane camp. Ever since that day in the hills, John Mark had made it his business to keep a watchful eye on Jesus. John, being in need of
sleep, had obtained several hours of rest while the Master had been with his apostles in the
upper room, but on hearing them coming downstairs, he arose and, quickly throwing a linen coat about himself, followed them through the city, over the
brook Kidron, and on to their private encampment adjacent
to Gethsemane Park. And John Mark remained so near the Master throughout this night and the next day that he witnessed everything and overheard much of
what the Master said from this time on to the hour of the crucifixion.
182:0.2 As Jesus and the eleven made their way back to camp, the apostles began to wonder about the meaning of
Judas's prolonged absence, and they spoke to one another concerning the Master's prediction that one of them would betray him, and for the first time
they suspected that all was not well with Judas Iscariot. But they did not engage in open
comment about Judas until they reached the camp and observed that he was not there, waiting to receive them. When they all besieged Andrew to know what had become of Judas, their chief remarked only, "I do not know where Judas
is, but I fear he has deserted us."
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