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It was late summer of 2017, the sun was just starting to sink, although still well above the horizon. Golden hour. A warm breeze filtered through the car as I drove home from a long day of work. The radio host of the local top 40 radio station announced a new hit single from Kesha. My temptation was to change the station, assuming a newer variation of Your Love Is My Drug was about to play through my speakers. But I didn’t, and instead a slow, somber, piano began to play. The first lyrics of the song told a story that felt oddly familiar to me.
How do you handle life when you’re in trouble and heaven is silent? When your back is against the wall and you find yourself between a rock and a hard place and you’ve cried long and loud to God and God gives you no answer?
The Last Supper is likely the most famous meal there ever was. Even those who didn’t grow up in Church are familiar with the story. The name explains it all, Jesus’ last meal with His disciples.
Wednesday is the day that some would label into the darkness. As we read in Mark 14, the events that take place this day are all foreshadowing the death of Jesus. They point us towards the Cross. In verses 1-11, we are confronted with two opposing actions, the woman who recognized Jesus as Lord and poured out her devotion to Him and Judas, a close friend, who betrayed Him.
On this day, in the afternoon, Jesus and His disciples left the city and went to the Mount of Olives. As we read in Mark 13, this is where Jesus has an intentional conversation with His disciples that is meant to explain what will happen in the days to come.
Jesus’ first “act” after entering Jerusalem happens the day after His arrival and He comes in with a bang. At this point in the story, Jesus has a significant following. For the three years leading up to this moment He has been laying a foundation for what the Kingdom of God looks like, what His Father cares about and more importantly, who His Father cares about. All the while, the teachers of the law and Pharisees are looking for an opportunity to trap Jesus, to catch Him.
As a church we have been journeying through the book of Mark for the last 40 days of this Lent season. With Easter around the corner, we would like to spend Holy Week reading and rereading the significant moments of Jesus’ last week in the gospel of Mark.