Mark 14:22-25 This is My Blood of the Covenant

The New Covenants spelled out

The New Covenants spelled out

Jesus and His disciples are continuing on with their Passover meal. The question of “is it me” has run its course as each of His disciples asked it of Him. Jesus never did name names but Judas knew who He was talking about. The others would learn of it later. Now Jesus wants to establish a very personal and special ceremony with His disciples. This will be a remembrance celebration that will last forever.

We encountered this scene in Matthew’s gospel too and talked about it as Our First Communion. In this discussion we looked at the events that took place and the words Jesus shared with His disciples. I want to look at the deeper meaning of the elements Jesus used and what their practical significance.  Read more »

Mark 14:12-21 A Room Prepared

Unleavened bread for dipping

Unleavened bread for dipping

We are less than 24 hours from Jesus’ arrest. It is time prepare for the Passover meal. This will be Jesus’ last Passover supper with His disciples and He wants it to be special. But there are still some matters that need attending to during this dinner.

As expected, Matthew shared this story too. We looked at it in our blog titled Dinner is Served. Feel free to pop back over and review our discussion.

One topic I kept getting side tracked with was exactly when the Passover lamb was killed and did Jesus’ death coincide with that sacrifice. In Mark’s telling of this account he states specifically that “on the first day of Unleavened Bread … they sacrificed the Passover lamb” (verse 12). I guess that answers my question from the last time we talked about this scene. Read more »

Mark 14:10-11 A Bargain is Struck

Judas stepped across the line

Judas stepped across the line

Today we peek in on Judas as he goes to town. He has something up his sleeve that he will very soon regret.

We looked at this story in Matthew and addressed some possible underlying motives for Judas. You can find that blog under the title of Judas’ Decision.

Judas probably came into Jerusalem with the disciples on this day. We don’t know exactly what day in Jesus’ last week it was but it was probably not long after Mary’s gift of anointing oil. Judas was very angry about the “waste of money” Mary engaged in. His anger took root and became brooding. He was angry enough to act spitefully.

I don’t know how Judas got away from the group of disciples, unless he used the excuse of going to the market to purchase something for the group. I wonder how long he was gone. I’m also curious to know if he came to the religious leaders before or after they had decided to kill Jesus. When he approached them, did they share their plans with him? Did he even ask what they would do with Jesus once he turned Him over to them? Did he even care at that point? Read more »

Mark 14:3-9 Love Poured Out

Tears of Joy mixing with Tears of Pain

Tears of Joy mixing with Tears of Pain

We join Jesus today in the house of Simon the leper, in the town of Bethany. It is dinner time and He will receive one of the sweetest gestures of love ever recorded.

This story made it into all four gospels. Jesus’ words at the end explain that fact clearly; “And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her” (verse 9). We looked at Matthew’s telling of Mary’s story in the blog titled “Oil of Anointing.” I invite you to go back and relive the story of that day.

Today I face the challenge of finding something more in our story. I’m trusting God to give us something new. Let’s see where the story takes us. I feel led to look at the hearts in the room.

This gathering is full of people and each person brings their heart full of expectations. To make it easier for me to follow, I’m going to make a list of attendees and then look at each of their behaviors and where their heart might be at. Read more »

Mark 14:1-2 Meanwhile Back In The Shadows

Pay no attention to the men behind the masks

Pay no attention to the men behind the masks

We take a peek in on the chief priests and the scribes today. Jesus has beaten them at every turn and now they have gathered to lick their wounds and plot their next move.

Jesus already left for Bethany, by way of Mt. Olivet, earlier that evening so they think they are free to scheme. We will join them in the judgement hall at Caiaphas’ home. Twenty or so chief priests have gathered tonight to discuss what should be done about Jesus.

Chief priest and scribes are conversing in small groups throughout the room. The majority of them are grumbling about the encounters with Jesus this past week. “I thought once we got Him on our home territory we would be able to take Him down.” “Why couldn’t He stay with those backwards Galilean’s? Why did He have to come to Jerusalem anyway?” “Did He have to make us look like fools in front of the people? Maybe those simpletons didn’t understand His meaning.” “I would love to take Him down a peg or two!” Read more »