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Mark 14:12-26, Exodus 12:1-11, John 6:53-56

Mark 14:12-26, Exodus 12:1-11, John 6:53-56


1. Observations (Mark)

(a) Between the incident at the temple (Mark 11:12-19), Jesus continues to teach at the temple

(a1) His authority is questioned (Mark 11:28)
(a2) There are continued attempts to arrest him (Mark 12:12)
(a3) The Destruction of the temple and the signs of the End Times (Mark13)

(b) Just preceding the meal there is the anointing at Bethany (Mark 14:1-9), and Judas has made the decision to betray his Lord (Mark 14:10)
(c) It was Passover and the meal had to be prepared, similar to his entry Jesus orchestrates this meal (Mark 14:12-17)
(d) Jesus opens with a statement of betrayal, not customary of at a Passover Meal; it was a meal of promise (v 18)
(e) The disciples are not concerned that their Lord will be betrayed, but more if they will be absolved of it (v.19)
(f) Jesus reiterates it is among his core that the betrayal will occur, both sovereignty and human decision have role (vv.20-21)
(g) Jesus does something at the meal that is very similar to the feeding of the 5000, ‘Giving thanks’… but also it was the establishing of a new covenant (vv.22-24 & John 6)
(h) There is promise that Jesus gives before they sing and return to the Mount of Olives (v.25-26)

2. From God’s Point of View

(a) The Passover meal, was instituted by God himself, it had a purpose and it had restrictions (Exodus 12)

(a1) Death had passed over (v.27)
(a2) Salvation was experienced (v.17)
(a3) Restrictions on preparations, who can participate and where it is to be eaten

(b) Jesus was the Passover Lamb, judgement for sin was passed on him (Isaiah 53:7, Zechariah 9:11, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Hebrews 8:13)
(c) The celebration of the Lord’s Table is one that is full of hope (Revelation 19:9)

3. Take Away

Partake at the Lord’s Table so as to forge the covenant he made with his broken body and shed blood