In this chapter, Jesus ate with his disciples, he took the bread , broke it, blessed it and gave it to his disciples to eat . The bread being a symbol of his body which would soon be broken. He also took the cup, he gave thanks and shared it among his disciples, this he said would serve as his Blood, which would establish the new testament, to be shed on the cross of redemption for many.
Jesus then foretells his ordeal on the cross and Peter’s denial. He prepared their heart for the events that would follow his betrayal, and he assured them that he would see them after he’s resurrected.
As things unfolded, Jesus took with him some disciples to join him to pray at Gethsemane. Jesus prayed with agony, submitting his will to God’s sovereignty. He checked his disciples, three times, but they were in deep sleep all through Jesus’s travail at the place of prayer. Jesus advised that they ought to have prayed to overcome temptation, nevertheless the hour for his betrayal had come, and he was ready to be betrayed into the hands of sinners.
We have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus, his body was broken for our sins. Every time we take the communion we should always remember how costly our salvation is, sealed with the blood of Jesus.
In addition, Christians must always pray and not be weary, In fact, we would always gain strength in the place of prayer to face life’s challenges.
I have total salvation in Christ Jesus, henceforth I enjoy total victory all the days
of my life.
Reading – Mark 14:22-42
22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke itand gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 “This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:
“‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’[b]
28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”
30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice[c] you yourself will disown me three times.”
31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.
32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[d] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cupfrom me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter,“are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
- Mark 14:24 Some manuscripts the new
- Mark 14:27 Zech. 13:7
- Mark 14:30 Some early manuscripts do not have twice.
- Mark 14:36 Aramaic for father
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.