(72 verses, 6:00 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The Shepherd is struck and the sheep are scattered.
- The chief priests and scribes conspire to kill Jesus (1-2).
- Jesus is anointed for his burial (3-9).
- Judas agrees to betray Jesus (10-11).
- Jesus celebrates the Passover with his disciples and institutes the Supper of his body and blood (12-25).
- Peter will deny Jesus (26-31).
- Jesus prays in Gethsemane and is betrayed (32-52).
- Jesus is put on trial and is convicted for speaking the truth (53-65).
- Peter denies Jesus (66-72).
- The time jumps forward to Holy Thursday.
- The blood we drink in the Lord’s Supper is the same blood that has been poured out upon the altar of the cross as a ransom for many. Jesus saved us from the Father’s wrath by delivering himself as the victim in our place. By eating his body and drinking his blood in faith, Jesus saves us from sin, guilt, shame, and death.
- Jesus teaches us, even in the midst of the unimaginable agony of Gethsemane, that we pray against our flesh for the will of our heavenly Father to be done.
- Who is the man in the linen garment who ran away naked? One theory is that this is Mark himself, the evangelist. To be naked is more than just embarrassing. It also expresses deep shame and uncovers the worst sin of sin of unfaithfulness.
- Dearest Jesus, as we meditate upon your passion and death, direct our hearts and minds to consider the penalty for sin that you willingly bore in our place. Though the rest of the world looks upon your suffering and calls it wicked, teach us to see our salvation being attained by the holy ransom of your sacrifice to appease the Father’s wrath. Amen.
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-Pastor A. Brian Flamme
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO