What Jesus Did! 'Anticipating the Sacrifice' — Mark 14:12

Friday, October 14, 2016

It was now the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread. This was the day when the Jews killed the lambs for the Passover. Jesus' followers came to him. They said, "We will go and prepare everything for you to eat the Passover meal. Where do you want us to have the meal?"
— Mark 14:12 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:12 NLT — "We will go and prepare everything for you to eat the Passover meal. Where do you want us to have the meal?"

Key Thought

Jesus is our Passover Lamb. Mark wants us to know that Jesus will go to his death in the context of the Jewish Passover and God's great deliverance of his people from Egypt. Jesus brings us deliverance in the events that lie ahead. That deliverance, however, will require a sacrifice. Jesus chooses to be that perfect sacrifice for our sins.

Today's Prayer

Righteous and holy Father, the God Almighty, thank you for my deliverance from sin. Thank you for the sacrifice that Jesus made in his body to deliver me from sin and death. And thank you Lord Jesus, in whose name I pray, for the incredible price you paid to cleanse me. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 9:14
  • 1 John 2:1-2
  • Mark 10:42-45

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About This Devotional

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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