Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Slow Motion"
Introduction (Mark 14:10-21)
C.J. compares chapter 14 to the slow climb of a roller coaster before the big drop. Mark decelerates his Gospel account to prepare us for the crucifixion of Christ. C.J. highlights three key components of this passage:
Judas’ Preparation for Betrayal (Mark 14:10-11)
- We see a dramatic change in mood from Jesus’ anointing by Mary.
- There is no darker character in the Bible (besides Satan) than Judas.
- The chief priests never would have thought that one of Jesus’ disciples would betray Him.
- Judas not only told the chief priests where they could find Jesus, but also tactically led the guards to Him.
Jesus’ Preparation for the Passover (Mark 14:12-16)
- Passover was a celebration of deliverance from Egyptian rule and filled with Hope of the promised Messiah.
- Finding a location to eat the Passover was problematic (from the disciples viewpoint) due to the influx of Israelites into Jerusalem for the Feast, as well as the hostility towards them. It was known that the religious leaders were seeking the life of Jesus and Lazarus.
- Jesus’ direction to follow the man carrying a jar of water (unusual for someone other than a women in that day) was evidence that Jesus was in control of the situation. He was not a helpless victim. The supremacy of Christ was on display when the disciples found the room as He has told them. His authority is divine!
- Jesus prepares his disciples again for the events about to transpire during the most important meal in the history of the world.
Jesus’ Exposure of Judas (Mark 14:17-21)
- Jesus stuns His disciples by informing them of a betrayer among them.
- Eating dinner together was a public statement of friendship and trust, which makes this all the more unbelievable.
- There was nothing more despicable than a friend who betrays another friend. o Jesus’ compassion is on highest display towards Judas.
- He doesn’t call Judas out in front of the others.
- John informs us in his Gospel that Jesus washed Judas’ feet that evening
- Jesus appeals for Judas to repent.
- Despite this, Judas’ heart was hardened.
What are we supposed to learn from this text? Never take your eyes off Jesus! We should dwell on His remarkable poise and authority. His death was neither an accident nor tragedy. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, to the point of death, even death on a cross (Isaiah 53, Philippians 2:8). It fulfilled the true meaning of the Passover, that the Lamb of God shed His blood as a ransom for the undeserving.
- When is the last time you took time to slow down and methodically read or talk through the Gospel, specifically the events leading up to the death of Christ?
- To the Israelites, the Passover was a celebration of deliverance from Egyptian rule and filled with Hope of a military Messiah. How does celebration of the Passover change with the atoning work of Christ on the cross?
- How does Jesus’ compassion towards Judas inform how you should act towards someone who betrays you?
- How did this passage and exposition change your perception of Jesus, specifically as it relates to his sovereignty?
[by Tristan Murray]