Review – Three Questions Asked Last Week
Q1: How many of you have shared your faith with a stranger?
Q2: How many of you have invited someone to church – especially someone who has never been.
Q3: How many of you have shared your faith/testimony with a stranger – a lost soul?
14:6-9 Then Jesus spoke. Leave her alone. I believe His voice thundered – at least in my imagination. Jesus acknowledged she had been listening and she came and anointed Him for His burial. She honored Him with a tribute worthy of a king. Recall Jesus had entered Jerusalem as a king days earlier to cries of Hosanna. Jesus honored her saying what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. We are 2,000 years later honoring the memory of her. Compare to the widow’s offering Mark 12:41-44.
14:10-11 Judas and his greed. Look at the contrast between these two women and Judas. What they gave versus what Judas got. Matthew 26:15 shows us he bargained for his 30 pieces of silver, the price of a slave in Exodus 21:32. Judas acted out of greed, simple greed. He was a slave to his own sin, his lust for money.
14:12-16 The secret rendezvous. Only two of the disciples, two. Look for a man carrying a jar of water. Ask the owner where is Jesus’ guest room? The secretiveness here is in contrast to how openly He made Himself available for arrest in Gethsemane – making clear the voluntary nature of His death. In fact, when He asked those who were looking for Him in the book of John who they were looking for, they said Jesus of Nazareth. He replied, I am He (John 18:5) and they fell to the ground. Ever wonder why? I have wondered and believe He revealed His true self (as in Matthew 17:2) for just a moment, a short instant in time, to those seeking to arrest Him.
14:17-25 Betrayal and the last supper. Someone, one of the twelve will betray Him, and each asked if they were the one. David Guzik notes “In Middle Eastern culture, betraying a friend after eating a meal with him was and is regarded as the worst kind of treachery.” Woe, a warning to Judas, a chance to change his mind to repent. Jesus is still offering Judas a chance to not betray Him.
The new covenant spoken of 600 years earlier by both Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Let’s look at Ezekiel first, Ezekiel 16:62-63 when God says I [will] atone for you for all that you have done. Next let’s look at Jeremiah 31:31-34 which concludes with I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Jesus initiated the new covenant with His disciples – including Judas – that we still follow to this day. The bread lifted up at Passover symbolized the bread of affliction which the Jews endured in Egypt before they were freed. All the food at the Passover meal has a symbolic meaning. The bitter herbs the bitterness of slavery; the salt water for the tears shed as slaves in Egypt.
Jesus gave new meaning to the bread and to the wine, the new covenant. I like how Dave Guzik characterized it: Take means that it won’t be forced upon you. You have to receive it. Eat means that this is absolutely vital for you. Without food and drink, we perish. Without Jesus, we perish. It also means that you must take Jesus into your innermost being. When we take communion we partake in the fulfillment of the prophecies that were 600 years old when the first communion took place.
14:26 The Hymn they sang. Jesus sang a song with His disciples on His way to be arrested and crucified. He sang a song! What did He sing? The Passover meal always ended with singing three Psalms known as the Hallel, Psalms 116, 117, and 118. The last being Psalm 118. Let’s look at three verses in this Psalm
22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Jesus would fulfill those verses, He would become that cornerstone.
How are we living? Are we following Jesus?
Ezekiel 33:30-32 As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.’ My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.