Series: BIOS of a Savior
Bible Passage: Mark 14:12-25
Other Pertinent Scripture: Parallel passages: for Mark 14:12-16 see Matthew 26:17–19 and Luke 22:7-13; for Mark 14:17-21 see Matthew 26:20-24; for Mark 14:22-25 see Matthew 26:26-29, Luke 22:18-20, and 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
Exodus 6:6-7 and 12:1-51; John 6:47-53; 1 Corinthians 5:7
The gospel of Mark is a documentary account of the life of Christ. Like other ancient biographies, which were called a BIOS or “life,” Mark’s account speaks to us about the actions and events of a man’s life. But this is no mere man Mark is presenting. This is the holy man who is wholly God, the one who has unique authority to call us to follow him.
As a church, everything about Stonehouse centers on this BIOS - his life, his teaching, his authority, his suffering and his victory.
a note on this week’s text:
Jesus shares the Passover meal with his disciples on the eve of his death on the cross and inso doing he connects his death with the historic deliverance of Israel from slavery in Egypt. This meal was a centerpiece of Jewish family and community life for generations. The disciples were familiar with what was going on, even asking Jesus, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” (v. 12). They knew what to look forward to and were expecting this meal.
What they were not expecting was how the focus of the meal shifted from the past deliverance of God’s people to Jesus himself. With the words, “this is my body” and “this is my blood” Jesus changes this meal forever. This new meal, the Lord’s Supper, is first given to his disciples and then to all those who will follow in their footsteps of belief in Jesus. He is the perfect sacrificial lamb, who’s blood covers over all of those who have faith in him so that spiritual death would “passover” them just as physical death passed over Israel in Egypt. For us, communion is a remembrance and proclamation of Jesus’ death until he comes (1 Corinthians 11:26).
The following article is a great summary of what it means to remember through communion:
“What Does it Mean to Remember Jesus in the Lord’s Supper?” by Dustin Crowe
Suggested discovery/discussion questions:
1. It is extremely important to Jesus that he has this Passover meal with the disciples. Great care is taken to make sure he shares in this annual meal before he is betrayed, tried, and crucified. As we read, Kent Hughes called this “the most important meal eaten in the history of the world.” Why was this meal so important? What was it about this meal that made it essential for Jesus to eat it with his disciples?
2. Historically, the Passover meal was an annual meal of remembrance among the Israelites commemorating their deliverance from Egyptian oppression and slavery (and is still celebrated by Jewish people everywhere today). Exodus 12 is where the actual events of God passing over Israel during the 10th and final plague take place. Exodus 6:6-7 is where the 4 promises of God are put before Moses, all of which were remembered with 4 cups of wine during traditional Jewish Passover meals. What were the promises God made to Israel when they were in Egypt? What was required of Moses and the people in order to be saved and “passed over” when the 10th plague fell on the land of Egypt? What comes to mind when you think of these events and the Passover meal?
3. Jesus told the disciples in Luke 22:19 to “do this in remembrance of me” and Paul repeated these words in 1 Corinthians 11:25-26 as he was instructing the church at Corinth regarding the Lord’s Supper. This remembrance is more than just thinking about the cross, it is a time when we consider what happened at the cross and how it matters for our lives today. Through communion our minds and hearts are drawn to the place where we apply the truth of redemption to ourselves. We take communion with this attitude of faith. This begins with humbly admitting we need forgiveness and then trusting that what we need is provided for in Jesus. Communion is a gospel minded meal, we take it not because we have cleaned ourselves up and deserve to take it but because we are sinners in need of saving. Sin doesn’t disqualify us from taking communion, unbelief does. What helps us to ensure that taking communion is full of its intended meaning? What does it mean for you to truly have faith in Jesus and to take personal what he did on the cross? Have you ever felt that you didn’t deserve to take communion? Why? What does it mean to believe the gospel personally? What are some ways we apply the death of Jesus to our lives? What is the gospel?
4. We take communion together each week because in it we: 1) remember and proclaim the death of Christ, 2) receive spiritual nourishment for our souls, 3) signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body (the church), and 4) look forward with hope to the day Jesus returns and we eat it again with him in the kingdom of God. Which one of these reasons for taking communion is most familiar to you? …the least familiar? If any of these reasons are new to you, how does that affect the way you look at and take communion?
The good news of the Gospel as we see it proclaimed in the Lord’s Supper is that Jesus is the fullness of what Passover was pointing to all along. Jesus is the spotless lamb, who was slain so that we could be saved from death. His body is the bread of life, that we eat and are fulfilled with in a way that no other “bread” can satisfy. His blood is the cup of blessing, that was poured out for the forgiveness of sins, in which a whole new covenant is established — one that is made for all people who believe, a covenant that he himself has promised and will fulfill. In Jesus we have freedom, redemption, and a renewed relationship with God our creator — it’s all ours by grace, may we take, eat, and believe!
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