The Events leading to the Death of Jesus:
Read: Mark 14: 1-31
This chapter records, Mary’s anointing of Jesus, the Preparation for the Passover, the Institution of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane, Jesus’ betrayal and arrest, Jesus’ trial before the council and Peter’s denial of Jesus. To know more read the note on Matthew 26:1-75. Mary’s anointing of Jesus was significant. It happened in the house of Simon the leper. The ointment costs three hundred Denarii which was a year’s wages. There were disciples who said to themselves, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? They viewed this as an unnecessary extravagant act. Judas’ betrayal at least in part was a reaction to Mary’s act of worship. But Jesus said “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me”. We should never waste the opportunity to worship God. Jesus faithfully participated in the Passover. He is the ultimate fulfillment of the Passover celebration. In the Passover meal, Israel celebrated their great redemption from Egypt. Paul wrote “Indeed Christ, our Passover was sacrificed for us (1 Cor 5:7)”. After celebrating the Passover, Jesus and the disciples sang and went to Mount Olive. Jesus predicted Peter’s denial. Peter said “if I have to die with you, I will not deny you”. His over confidence preceded his failure. In the Lord’s Supper we celebrate our redemption and forgiveness (Heb 9:22). By eating of the bread and drinking of the cup, believers remember the broken body and shed blood of Christ for them. It gives joy and spiritual nourishment to worship and serve God. It is importance that believers should regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper to remember the death of Christ (Heb 10:24-25). In the Lord's Supper, believers enjoy the presence of God.
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane:
Read: Mark 14:32-71)
The garden of Gethsemane is located on the Mount of Olive. To know more read note on Matthew 26:36-46. Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane as he prepares to sacrifice his life for his people. This prayer shows the nature of his suffering for our sins. Jesus knew what it means to be forsaken by his Father. Jesus was facing the cup of God’s wrath and knew that only the Father can deliver him from it. Jesus prayed repeatedly to remove this cup from him yet he was willing to submit to Father’s will. Jesus willingly endured God’s wrath on our behalf. This was the critical moment in all of human history. On the cross sin was punished, sins are forgiven, heaven was secured and the lost relationship was restored. Because of the cross, God’s wrath against sin has been turned away from us forever. Jesus stood innocently before the council who accused him falsely. These are the accusation we ourselves rightly deserve. Jesus could rightly defend himself yet he did not. He stood condemned in our place as our substitute. Because of that we freely receive the gift of salvation by faith. Peter denies Jesus because he was afraid of his life. Jesus graciously restored him. Peter's restoration is an encouragement to other. Peter was made useful in the work of God's kingdom. There is no need to be discouraged because we serve a forgiving and restoring Savior. God's salvation by grace removes all human boasting. We must not be reluctant to admit that we are sinners and deserve nothing but God’s judgment. Peter made many mistakes but when he repented, he was mightily used for God's glory. Pray that the forgiving love of Christ should motivate us to love and serve him.