Deepening Discipleship with Mark
Week 14: Mark 14: 1-32 She has done a beautiful thing!
Monday: Extravagant Worship. vv 1-11
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” v6
Has anyone ever accused you of going too far when it comes to your faith? Taking it too seriously? Giving up too much in order to serve? When they do, remember this account. Jesus himself acknowledges that what the woman did was right and proper. She knew that Jesus was worth more than she could ever give and deserved all of her devotion. Don’t ever let anyone try to convince you that anything but extravagant worship is enough! Jesus deserves everything!
Tuesday: Be prepared. vv12-16
‘Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’’ v14
Jesus was able to give his disciples instructions about where to go and who to meet because he had prepared ahead of time. What does this show us? That he was prepared for what was coming. He knew what was going to happen to him and rather than running in the opposite direction as fast as his legs could carry him, he faced it intentionally. None of it was accidental. There was purpose and that purpose was your salvation! What events do we face intentionally?
Wednesday: Surely not me! vv17-21
‘They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?”’ v19
We all like to think that we are the ones who are faithful; that everyone else might turn and run but not us. We somehow end up thinking that God chose us because we deserve to be chosen and it becomes about what we do and not about what Jesus did. We have all failed. We have all betrayed Jesus in the things we have said, done and thought. The wonderful thing is that Jesus chooses us anyway! When have you felt that you have been chosen by Jesus?
Thursday: Don’t ever forget! vv22-26
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. v22, 23
These verses can become ‘old’ to us if we’re not careful and we can miss the incredible truth within them: Jesus served his disciples this meal. He gave them the bread and the wine and showed that he willingly gave his body and his blood so that we could be saved. When you are taking communion, don’t let these verses just pass you by as something you hear so often. Savour them and don’t ever forget! Why not pray over them today?
Friday: More predictions vv27-31
‘But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.’ v28
In the middle of reading about how Jesus will be deserted by all of his disciples, we have this gem. Even knowing that they are all going to fall away and leave him, Jesus shows us his faithfulness to us. In spite of them falling away, he will go to the cross, he will rise again and he will go into Galilee ahead of them and be there for them. We, too, fail and fall away and still Jesus is there for us; waiting for us to come back into his open arms. Indescribable love! Think about this and give thanks to God.