The Boy In Mark 14

Q

In Mark 14:51 at the arrest of Jesus in Gethsemane, there was 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.” In all my years, I do not remember reading this portion before, nor hearing anyone address this…why is it there and what does it mean?

A

Many believe that the young man who literally escaped with out even the clothes on his back was John Mark himself, who was only about 9 or 10 years old at the time. He was the son of the “other Mary” among the Lord’s followers, who accompanied Mary Magdalene to the Lord’s tomb on Resurrection morning. (Matt. 28:1) As a young man he accompanied Paul and Barnabas for a time, and wrote the gospel that bears his name, which is actually Peter’s account of events.