questioning Jesus, Mark 14, a last meal

8 Sep
one by one, they ask

Preparations for this Passover meal, this important time of teaching and serving, begins with the disciples question,

12 ‘On the first day of the Festival 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?”’

Where do you want us to go…?

Jesus wants them, us, to go with him. To be alongside him.

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 room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”

Jesus gives the disciples their ‘where’ question back and tells them how to use this ‘where.’

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, “Truly I tell you, 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 you don’t mean me?”

‘…and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?”’

Pause, reader please pause here. Each of them, one by one, ask Jesus if they were to be his betrayer.

They didn’t know their own hearts. Except that they were capable of betraying Jesus. And their question reveals their hearts’ actions: each one will betray Jesus.

They all left him. These betrayals are from their falling to sleep; to their leaving him in Roman and Sanhedrin hands and a Pilate’s hands. In a mob’s voice that had called ‘Hallelujah’ a week previous and now called for ‘Barabas.’

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, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave 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 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

“Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.”

All of them took the cup from Jesus’ hand, one by one, and they all, all drank. All.

All are with Jesus. Even as they question themselves this night, Jesus is with all betrayers. He drinks, eats, loves, forgives all. 

Where are they, where we? With Jesus. Drinking the cup with Jesus.

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