Holy Week: Day 3 (Part 4 of 4)

Holy Week:Day 3: Tuesday (con’t)

Mark 14:1-10(NIV): Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”

[Okay, this shows us that it is still Tuesday because the Passover starts on Thursday. Furthermore, Matthew’s version goes a step further and states that Jesus told His disciples (again) that in two days he would be crucified. I’ve always wondered why then they seemed so shocked at the Last Supper. I guess we will find out tomorrow.]

3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages[a] and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you,[b] and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

[In case you missed it, in verse 10, Judas made the first step in betraying Jesus]

Some of you may be wondering why we have mainly stayed in Matthew and Mark when there are two other Gospels. Well, the truth is that Luke is just a copy of the stories in Matthew and Mark. John’s timeline is a little harder to follow and doesn’t have much of the Holy Week details. I will be using John for most of the rest of the story.

Some teachings of Jesus recorded in John during the Holy Week included the following:

Jesus Predicts His Death (John 12:20-50)
20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival.21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up[g]from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever,so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.
Belief and Unbelief Among the Jews
37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:
“Lord, who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”[h]
39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
40 “He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
nor understand with their hearts,
nor turn—and I would heal them.”[i]
41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.
42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human praise more than praise from God.
44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn themat the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

Once again, Jesus is reinforcing the importance of accepting Him as the Messiah while we have the chance. Overall, I think that seems to the be the theme of Holy Week. Yes, Jesus he hit on a few others points, such as His greatest commandments, the importance of giving to God, living a life that leads others to Christ rather than standing in the path to Christ, but I think His mission this week was salvation. He wanted to convert as many as He could. For me this is a wake up call. As a Christian this should be my primary mission. I am big on discipleship. I am big on obedience. However, these things come only after one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I have been hearing God for some time telling me to know my audience. If I am speaking to unsaved people, I don’t want to teach on obedience. I want to preach on the Good News of Jesus Christ because it is only after a person has a relationship with Jesus and after they have received the Holy Spirit that they are able to understand and appreciate the importance of obedience and discipleship.

Well, that seems to sum up Tuesday (FINALLY). Tomorrow I will do a brief catch up for Wednesday and start in on Thursday and the Last Supper.

Have a great day!
Missy

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