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Oct 6, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.

The time that Jesus spent with His apostles in the upper room on the night of His betrayal was special. But it’s unlikely that anything done or said was more special than the event recorded here. For centuries, the Jews had observed the Passover to commemorate God’s mercy and care as He worked to deliver them from Egyptian bondage. Following that pattern established by God so long ago, Jesus instituted a new memorial feast to commemorate His upcoming sacrifice and the deliverance that it would bring to mankind from sin and death. This memorial was to be observed by all those who accepted the new covenant offered by God through Christ and done in remembrance of Jesus and His sacrifice. It is this beautiful memorial that we still take part in each Lord’s day as we come together. With hearts full of gratitude and love, we are reminded by the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine of the body and blood of our Lord, offered up as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. What a special time it is to be able to commune with our Lord in the memorial that He Himself established.

Why do you think Jesus desired for us to take part in this memorial?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Oct 5, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

For the Jews, the Passover represented one of their most cherished feast days. Memorializing the gracious mercy of God in sparing them from the final deadly plague that had sealed the deliverance of their ancestors from Egyptian bondage, it was a feast that was kept annually by God’s command. But that feast, and in fact, the entire chain of events that had taken place so long ago in Egypt, had a much deeper meaning within the mind and purpose of God. It was to be a shadow of a much greater “passing over” and deliverance that God had in store for mankind. Through the shed blood of His perfect sacrifice, His Son, God would spare all those who were covered by that blood from spiritual death, the penalty of sin. As Jesus prepared to gather with His apostles to observe the Passover feast one final time, it would be an especially meaningful time of reflection and communion in view of the soon-to-come sacrifice that He was to make.

Why do you think it was so important to Jesus that He spend this time with His apostles?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Oct 4, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.” And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Most commentators believe that this text refers to the same events as John 12:1-8, with Mary, the sister of Lazarus, being the unnamed woman who anointed Jesus’ head (Mark) and feet (John) with a costly oil. This she did to honor Him and, as Jesus says, to symbolically prepare His body beforehand for burial. One of the highlights of this passage is the storm that is brewing around Jesus regarding His enemies. There are the chief priests and scribes who have firmly decided to “take Him by trickery and put Him to death” and are looking for the right opportunity. There are those who were indignant and very critical of such an extravagant act of honor being bestowed upon Jesus by Mary. And then there was Judas, the apostle of Jesus, whose love for money had taken precedence over His love for Jesus. This “wasteful” act of anointing Jesus’ body was more than Judas could stand. He joined the ranks of Jesus’ enemies and would look for the perfect opportunity to betray Him. The stage had been set, and it was only a matter of time.

What was the significance of Mary anointing Jesus?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Oct 3, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

There are different kinds of unbelief. Yesterday’s reading was about those who totally rejected Jesus as the Savior. Today’s reading is about the reluctant believer—the one who believes but is not willing to give up his present life to have the Life that Jesus offers. There were some among the rulers who fit this description. They believed in Jesus, but given the extreme hatred for Jesus among their peers, confessing that belief would surely bring dire consequences. They would lose their positions and all the honor and praise that went with them. It was a price that they were not willing to pay, so they kept their belief to themselves. One has to wonder how many of these rulers who believed in Jesus went along with the plans and efforts to crucify Him. In the end, there is no difference between the absolute unbeliever and the reluctant believer. They both will be judged by the words of Christ in the last day.

Why is being a reluctant believer just as bad as rejecting Christ?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Oct 2, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said, “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.” Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.

It is hard to believe that, at this point in Jesus’ life, there were still those who remained unconvinced. Having seen all the wonderful works and authoritative teaching that saturated His days, how could so many still not believe. But we are reminded that it had always been known to God that this would be the case. Isaiah had prophesied long ago that many would not believe, and that God had allowed their disbelief for the carrying out of His will in the life of Jesus. What is truly amazing to me as I consider this passage is that, despite God’s knowledge of the hard-heartedness of men concerning His Son (both then and now), He provided Him as a sacrifice, even for those who would never believe. What amazing love and overwhelming mercy it required for God to allow His Son to be nailed to a cross, shed His blood, and die for the sins of a world that would largely reject Him. That kind of love and mercy is beyond me, but I am so thankful that God saw fit to offer us salvation through Christ!

Why do you think God was willing to allow Christ to die for those who would reject Him?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Oct 1, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

Lest we think that, because Jesus was God in the flesh, He was above the human emotions of fear, dread, and sorrow, we are reminded by our Lord that, as He contemplated His coming suffering and death, His soul was troubled. But we are also reminded in those same words that it was for this very purpose that He had come. To become the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice for sin, was His ultimate purpose in this world. His only prayer and request was that God and His name be glorified through Him. In this third recorded time during Jesus’ ministry that God’s voice is heard from heaven, Jesus is assured that God’s name will be glorified through Him. Throughout the ages, God’s name had been glorified through His many mighty acts, and through the godly and faithful lives of His servants. The God of heaven had proven time and again to be far above every principality and power, and above every false god that had been named by mankind. But in Jesus Christ, God would be glorified in a greater way than ever before. Jesus, the suffering servant, would be God’s greatest demonstration of His power, love, righteousness, and mercy. To God be the glory!

How did Jesus’ sacrifice glorify God?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

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