Mark- The Gospel of Action - Feast Part 2: Mark 14:10-72
March 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Mark: The Gospel of Action

“Feast” Part 2– Mark 14:10-72

 

Mark 14:1-72 (NIV)
12 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus' disciples asked him, "Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"
13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him.
14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, 'The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?'
15 He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there."
16 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve.
18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me--one who is eating with me."
19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, "Surely not I?"
20 "It is one of the Twelve," he replied, "one who dips bread into the bowl with me.
21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."
22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take it; this is my body."
23 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many," he said to them.
25 "I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God."
26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
27 "You will all fall away," Jesus told them, "for it is written: "'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'
28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee."
29 Peter declared, "Even if all fall away, I will not."
30 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "today--yes, tonight--before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times."
31 But Peter insisted emphatically, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the others said the same.
32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray."
33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.
34 "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," he said to them. "Stay here and keep watch."
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.
36 "Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."
37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to Peter, "are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?
38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.
40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
41 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 betrayed into the hands of sinners.
42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!"
43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.
44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard."
45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him.
46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him.
47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
48 "Am I leading a rebellion," said Jesus, "that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?
49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled."
50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.
51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him,
52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.
53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, elders and teachers of the law came together.
54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any.
56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him:
58 "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this man-made temple and in three days will build another, not made by man.'"
59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.
60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, "Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?"
61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"
62 "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."
63 The high priest tore his clothes. "Why do we need any more witnesses?" he asked.
64 "You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?" They all condemned him as worthy of death.
65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, "Prophesy!" And the guards took him and beat him.
66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by.
67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. "You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus," she said.
68 But he denied it. "I don't know or understand what you're talking about," he said, and went out into the entryway.
69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, "This fellow is one of them."
70 Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, "Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean."
71 He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, "I don't know this man you're talking about."
72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times." And he broke down and wept.

Often in the past when I have read this account, or as I have delved into the gospel passages, I have been hypercritical of the disciples. I have been at times, judgmental of their queries of Jesus, their lack of faith sometimes and their glaring flaws. I have looked at them as though I were watching a biopic version of their lives and thought, “Don’t they get it! I mean they were with Jesus!”

 

Judas’ betrayal, Peter’s denials, the fear that would invoke these “Men of God” to disappear – hiding for their very lives – I mean in this account one of Jesus followers ran off without even his clothes – “What? – Unfathomable that these idiots would miss the point that they were with the God of the Universe and nothing could touch them. Wow.”

 

The wonderful thing about these stories though is not that I can look at them and scoff in indignation at the early Church Fathers and their inequities, but that I can---see myself in them. I have no room here to judge them. They are me. How many times have I blown this? How many times have I betrayed my God? How many times have I denied Him? How many times have I fearfully retreated from His side?

 

Jesus modeled three things to us that I would like to point out in this passage this morning. They are tied to His nature and His actions.

 

First of all what I notice in this passage is Jesus knowledge about things that no one else could see…

 

1. The Omniscience of Jesus

 

Omniscient means – All Knowing – Only one person is all-knowing – God is all knowing – Jesus is God. Repeatedly here we see that Jesus knows and sees things that only an all knowing person would know. For example…

 

  • In the preparations that he gave to two of His disciples to go follow a man carrying a jar of water into the house that he enters and ask the owner, 'The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' and then He’ll direct you to an upper room set aside for this purpose. Who made these reservations, right? Well somehow Jesus in His omniscience had this all planned out – the circumstances would seem coincidental, had it not been for His instructions. How often have we felt the tug or nudge of what we perceived to be the Spirit of God telling us to do something and it may have seemed a little unorthodox – He has a plan. We just need to trust that. By the way if you haven’t had God nudge you in this way, then you need to listen closer to what He is saying in your life.

 

  • Another example is His continual alluding to the fact that He would be betrayed, denied , crucified and resurrected. We often say about our lives that hindsight is 20/20 – not for Jesus – He sees it all – the past, present and future. Jesus knew what He was going to endure. He knew that He was going to be betrayed – He knew who was going to betray Him. Not even His disciples knew for sure whether it was going to be them or not who would fall away, but he knew. He knew what was coming, and He knew what needed to be done. He knows what’s coming and He knows what needs to be done. Nothing has changed. Jesus sees the circumstances of our lives and the lives of those around us and the way in which all of these intermingle with the past, present and future and He has a redemptive plan in place working it all out toward His ultimate glory.

 

What Jesus has modeled for us and our response to all of this is…

Choosing to be obedient to Jesus even when it hurts or seems strange to do so.

 

Let’s talk about that a little more. Obedience is really submission to something – some authority, code, rule or process. Jesus submitted himself in humility to the authority of God the Father, the mandates of the law and the process of redeeming all people from sin. Paul said that – “He made Himself nothing - He humbled himself becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2) What I notice secondly about Jesus in this passage is…

 

2. The Submission of Jesus

 

  • After Jesus and His disciples finished their Passover meal they went out in the evening for a stroll to the neighborhood park – The Mount of Olives. Jesus goes there specifically to pray. Jesus was modeling for the disciples to pray. While their stomachs were digesting the meal Jesus gives them an opportunity to digest through prayer the things that He had been teaching them. Jesus didn’t need to pray. He is God, but being fully man again in an act of submission He relegates himself to the mode of humanity in communicating with God the Father – He is modeling for us the importance of spending time in communion with God. He spends a lot of time doing this on this occasion. So much that the disciples were falling asleep. We don’t have many details about this prayer. For the amount of time that He did pray we only have one sentence written down. I may be wrong, but I get the sense that Jesus was doing more listening than He was talking to God the Father. This is a good lesson for us to grapple with. Many of us spend hours in prayer just rambling on and on. Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and they just wouldn’t shut up? You know what I mean – you have something that you want to say –maybe just a little interjection – but there is never an opportunity, and by the time the opportunity comes you are just looking for the exit? God loves to hear us talk to Him, but I wonder sometimes if we are taking advantage of His patience, and if we are not hearing Him simply because we leave no room for Him to answer. I think prayer is less about us talking to God and more about us submitting our lives to Him – stopping and listening to His instructions for us.

 

  • That one line that we have from Jesus long prayer time is, "Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." Wow – I think it is evident here that Jesus is putting God the Father’s Word’s above His own. He makes a request, but then He says in humility – “Your will be done.” Do you think He got His answer from God? I know He did, because He modeled for us being quiet and listening to God. We don’t really know how to do this as people do we? Our worship time is filled with Music/CDs. Our devotional time is filled with reading and commentaries and Max Lucado. Our Prayers are endless ramblings of words and petitions. When do we ever listen? He has so much to say to us. Jesus relinquishes His own authority as God here and submits to hearing and becoming obedient to the Word of God the Father.

 

What Jesus has modeled for us and our response to this is…

Making our lives about the humble pursuit of Jesus Words even when it hurts or seems strange to do so.

 

Finally, what I notice in this passage is the…

 

3. The Testimony of Jesus

 

  • Interestingly Jesus testimony about Himself began with no words. At first when Jesus is called upon to make a defense, he was silent. They were accusing Him of blasphemy and all kinds of things, but He kept quiet. Learned people today are constantly making accusations about our faith - denying Jesus deity - denying that the gospels accurately have portrayed His words, claims and deeds – denying even the historicity of the person of Jesus. He felt no desire or need to defend Himself with great arguments and neither should we. Apologetics are good for us in understanding our own faith, but unless a person is truly seeking truth, no amount of good solid methodical reasoning will ever be enough to convert them from their delusions. Jesus didn’t defend Himself, instead in that moment he became the Sacrificial Lamb of God. Our testimony in words about Jesus means very little unless we are willing to live out our faith in sacrificial ways everyday. I heard Francis Chan in a sermon say that (I am paraphrasing) – people are always saying that they have no problem with believing in God, it is organized religion that gets in the way. Maybe it’s time for the church to live in such a way that people will be left saying the church is making a lot of good contributions even if I don’t agree with their position about God. At least then they won’t be able to hide behind the church as an excuse to deny Him. We need to be less about words and more about living out our faith. Like words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi – “Preach the gospel always if necessary use words.”

 

  • Don’t misunderstand me here. When we are living out our faith a time will come when we need to take that leap and use our words as well to proclaim who Jesus is. Good deeds are not enough to bridge people to a relationship with God – they need clear direction. Jesus was asked by the High Priest "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." This is the unashamed Testimony of Jesus. And it stands alone. He backed it up in every way and nothing more needed to be said. We cannot cower away doing good things for people, without ever proclaiming this truth – that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life and that no one comes to the father apart from Him.
     

What Jesus has modeled for us and our response to Him is…

 

That our lives would be a testimony unashamed of Jesus even when it hurts or seems strange to do so.

 

– Jesus was a man of action and He is calling us to action – to be obedient, humble and unashamed.

By Carl Friedel




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04-05-2020 at 7:00 AM
Jo Ann
And...to be quiet and sit at our Lord’s feet and listen.
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