CC 041814, Thursday Of Passion Week, The Passover, The Last Supper, The Betrayal Of Jesus, Mark 14:12-52

(Sources that are being consulted, are: The Ryrie Study Bible, The Holman Christian Standard Bible, The MacArthur Study Bible, The Reformation Study Bible, The Complete Jewish Bible, The Scofield Study Bible, The Thompson Chain Reference Bible, The New American Commentary Series, The Holman Commentary Series, and internet sources, BibleGateway.com, and BibleHub.com.

The setting is that of a festive meal, on Thursday evening. The stage was being set for the crucifixion of Jesus, which would take place less than twenty-four hours later. Consider how quickly our lives can be turned, “totally upside down,” in a very short period of time.

Mark 14:12-52
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Passover with the Disciples

12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the passover?” 13 And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the householder, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?’ 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city, and found it as he had told them; and they prepared the passover.
17 And when it was evening he came with the twelve. 18 And as they were at table eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. 21 For the Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

Consider: The setting was that of a meal. The upper room may have been the place where the Disciples, and the remainder of the “120,” “went, stayed, and prayed” for the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1,2). This Passover meal was on Thursday evening.(Maundy Thursday). It is clear that if Jesus was alive on Thursday evening, that He was also alive the preceding day, Wednesday.

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Consider: It was during the Passover seder/meal, that bread and wine from the meal were used by Jesus to tell of His impending death, and the new covenant. Jesus also looks forward, to the millennium, where He will take part in the Passover seder again. Matthew’s Gospel has a passage that is very good in explaining this meal, as follows.

Matthew 26:26-30
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Consider. The bread and wine that were used to introduce the “Lord’s Supper/Holy Communion/Holy Eucharist/Breaking Of Bread” were actually taken from the table where the Passover Meal was being served. The bread was not “a very small wafer.” The cup/the wine, was not “a very small sip” of wine. When the church began having fellowship meals, it did the same thing, but for a different purpose than to remember the deliverance of Israel from Egypt: “do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Corinthians 11:24-25).

Peter’s Denial Foretold

26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.”30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said vehemently, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.

Consider. Soon, the disciples would experience good times, and a lot of bad times. Jesus told Peter that Peter would deny his relationship with Him, very soon. Peter quickly responded, “I would die for you!” Consider the voice inflection of Peter as he spoke those words. The other disciples voiced in with their support of Jesus.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

32 And they went to a place which was called Gethsem′ane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch.”35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; remove this cup from me; yet not what I will, but what thou wilt.” 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer him.41 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. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

Consider. When the need is greatest, are we too tired for prayer?

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him and lead him away under guard.” 45 And when he came, he went up to him at once, and said, “Master!” And he kissed him. 46 And they laid hands on him and seized him. 47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 And they all forsook him, and fled.
51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body; and they seized him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

Consider. The “young man” may have been Mark (vs 51). The linen cloth might have been a loosely-fitting sleeping garment, or maybe a sheet, that Mark quickly put around himself after he was awakened from his sleep.

Now, let’s go to our Lord and Savior, Jesus, in worship and praise of Him.

For Your Name Is Holy

John 13:35
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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