What Jesus Did! 'The Passover Lamb' — Mark 14:1

Thursday, October 6, 2016

It was now only two days before the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and teachers of the law were trying to find a way to arrest Jesus without the people seeing it. Then they could kill him.
— Mark 14:1
Illustration of Mark 14:1 — It was now only two days before the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

Key Thought

In all the Gospels, the Passover festival plays a huge part. This is partially because Passover was so important to the Jewish people and the Hebrew faith. However, Jesus comes to earth to be the Passover lamb that was slain for the sin of the people. For Mark's Gospel, the images of Isaiah 53 merge with the theme of Passover and Jesus paying the ransom to set sinners free. Jesus is our Passover lamb—the sacrifice that brings our freedom from sin.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for providing the sacrifice for my sin at such a great cost. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for paying the price for my sin. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

It was now only two days before the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and teachers of the law were trying to find a way to arrest Jesus without the people seeing it. Then they could kill him. They said, "But we cannot arrest Jesus during the festival. We don't want the people to become angry and cause a riot." Jesus was in Bethany. He was eating in the house of Simon the leper. While Jesus was there a woman came to him. The woman had an alabaster jar filled with very expensive perfume. This perfume was made of pure nard. The woman opened the jar and poured the perfume on Jesus' head. Some of the followers there saw this. They became upset and complained to each other. They said, "Why waste that perfume? That perfume was worth a full year's work. It could be sold and the money could be given to poor people." And they criticized the woman strongly. Jesus said, "Don't bother the woman. Why are you troubling her? She did a very good thing for me. You will always have poor people with you. You can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. This woman did the only thing she could do for me. She poured perfume on my body. She did this before I die to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth. The Good News will be told to people in all the world. And in every place where the Good News is told, the story of what this woman did will also be told. The thing she has done will be told and people will remember her." Then one of the twelve apostles went to talk to the leading priests. This was the follower named Judas Iscariot. Judas wanted to give Jesus to them. The leading priests were very happy about this. They promised to pay Judas for doing this. So Judas waited for the best time to give Jesus to them.

Mark 14:1-11

Related Scripture Readings

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world! This is the One I was talking about. I said, 'A man will come after me, but he is greater than I am, because he was living before me—{he has always lived}.' Even I did not know who he was. But I came baptizing people with water so that Israel (the Jews) could know that Jesus is {the Christ} ." Then John said, "I also did not know who the Christ was. But God sent me to baptize people with water. And God told me, 'You will see the Spirit. come down and rest on a man. That man is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. '" John said, "I have seen this happen. I saw the Spirit come down from heaven. The Spirit looked like a dove and sat on him (Jesus). So this is what I tell people: 'He (Jesus) is the Son of God.'"

John 1:29-34

Take out all the old yeast (sin), so that you will be a new batch of dough. You really are Passover bread without yeast. Yes, Christ, our Passover lamb, has already been killed.

1 Corinthians 5:7

It was almost time for the Jewish Passover. So Jesus went to Jerusalem.

John 2:13

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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