Gospel of Mark Chapter 14 Part One
Introduction: A key idea in the Gospel of Mark is that Jesus is the servant of God. Today, we hope to discuss some of the events that took place on the Wednesday before Jesus was crucified.
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Read Mark 14:1-11
D. Anointing by Mary and Agreement to Betray by Judas, on Wednesday. It was two days before the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread. In this first section of the Gospel of Mark we see religious leaders wanted to kill Jesus, but they feared the people might riot.
A woman poured very expensive perfume on Jesus' head. Some got angry and talked about how the woman could have used the money to bless the poor. But Jesus commended her for her priorities. Judas went and made a deal with the enemies of Jesus to have Him killed.
- Godly holidays. Notice in vs. 1 of the Gospel of Mark the mention of the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Passover was a celebration of how the death angel passed over the people in God in the book of Exodus, in Egypt.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread was the week immediately following the Passover that further commemorated the exodus of God’s people from Egypt to the wilderness.
The people were instructed to put no leaven/yeast in their bread, as an expression of the urgency of leaving immediately. It is important for believers to make time to remember what God has done.
Christmas and Easter are pretty universal in scope. Church and Pastor Anniversaries are in the spirit of this idea. If we don’t stop and remember, we run the risk of forgetting. And if we forget, we may end up sinning and being punished.
Let’s make time to remember important dates on the Christian calendar. And let’s live by the lessons learned from the dates. Just as the blood of the lamb for Passover kept the people of God from God’s wrath, the blood of Jesus keeps us from God’s wrath.
Just as there was an urgency about following God’s commands with the unleavened bread, there is an urgency of obey God’s will today. Church and Pastor anniversaries should be times of thankfulness and re-commitment to gong further.
- Positive influences, in the midst of negative times. Notice in vss. 1-2 of the Gospel of Mark the mention of the people possibly rioting, if Jesus was mistreated.
We learned from this section of the Gospel of Mark that the people of God should have such a reputation for responding to mistreatment that evil doers seriously consider them before they misbehave.
When the school board and city commission do those things that
seem evil, with no regard to what the Christian community will do by way of protest or electing others to serve, it may be evidence of how far we are from being the light and salt that we need to be in the dark and decaying times that we live in. Let’s work on being positive influences in the midst of evil times.
- Honoring those whom God has given us. Notice in vs. 3 of the Gospel of Mark that Jesus teaches the importance of honoring the person of God.
In spite of the expensiveness of the perfume and the needs of the poor, Jesus commends the woman for honoring the God sent. Let’s learn to honor those whom God has given to us as gifts.
Pastor anniversaries, birthdays, and Christmas gifts are not just about money, but they are also expressions of honor. The expressions of honor are not just for the sake of the person, but an expression of thanks to God.
Expressions of thankful honor should be extended to other faithful workers of the Lord – teachers, ministry managers, and others. Too many people wait until people die or leave to say, “Thank you.”
Notice further that the woman gave a great gift without her name ever being called. Too many of us want too much applaud for what we do. Give without expectation of being recognized.
Notice further that many will not understand or appreciate what you do for the servant of God. Do it anyhow.
- Poverty issues. Notice in vs. 7 of this section of the Gospel of Mark that Jesus said that “The poor you will always have with you.”
We know from passages like Matthew 6:2-4; 25:31-46; Luke 6:20 that Jesus had a great concern for ministering to the poor. However, He was awarded that poverty would be around until the Kingdom of God would come.
Poverty will persist because of the sins of oppression and irresponsibility. This is not to say that the poor should simply relax in their poverty. We should work on being wise stewards of our resources, so that we can not only experience economic well-being but also, so we can be a blessing to others.
We should also seek to minister to the poor not only with hand outs and empowerment programming but also with systemic reform (i.e., getting laws and policies changed). Let’s work on poverty issues with a realization that it is an uphill journey.
- Trusting God, in spite of Judas. Notice in vss. 10-11 that Judas proved to be untrustworthy. We learned from this section of the Gospel of Mark that because of the sinfulness of people, no person can be trusted without reservation.
Only God is absolutely trustworthy. However, we should not walk around so paranoid that we cannot enjoy the blessings of the day. Let’s strive to trust God and enjoy the day, in spite of the possibility of having untrustworthy people around us.
In spite of the possibility of untrustworthy people being around us, we are yet called upon to love one another. There is a difference between trust and love.
Read Mark 14:12-16
E. Supper and Betrayal on Thursday, 1. Preparation for the Last Supper. Jesus' disciples asked where He want to eat the Passover.
He gave them instructions and sent two disciples to set things up. The disciples followed Jesus' instructions and arrangements were made to eat in the upper room of an unnamed man's house.
- Sendable disciples. Notice in vss. 13-16 that Jesus’ disciples were sendable. We learned from this section of the Gospel of Mark that no matter how young or intelligent the leader may be, without some help, so much good that could have been done will go undone.
Every leader would do well to have some helpers who can be sent to carryout assignments. Let’s work on being sendable disciples.
Being sendable includes being a disciple, being trained to carryout assignments, and being humble enough to be sent to carryout instructions without discussion or even recognition. There is a great need for more sendable disciples.
- Allowing God to have His way. Notice in vs. 16 of this section of the Gospel of Mark that the owner of the house allowed Jesus to use it. There are too many how don’t allow God to use what He has blessed them with.
God is not allowed to use our cars, homes, cloths, or money. This is tragic when we think about how God owns everything. It is even more tragic for us, when we realize that the more we let God have His way the more blessings He sends our way.
Let’s work on allowing God to have His way with all that we have. We can start with paying our tithes and giving our offerings. But we should move on to render our time and talent as well.
Conclusion: Let’s work on being servants of God. God has much for those who obey His will.
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