March 22, 2017

Thoughts on our Upcoming Sermon:  “An Inevitable Death on Jesus’ Mind”

An essay by Mark Moser
Thus far our “The Final Week” series has frequently seen Jesus in confrontation with the Jewish leaders: The cleansing of the temple. The fig tree incident. The parable of the tenants. And the devastating Olivet Discourse, in which Jesus prophesied a horrible tribulation and the destruction for the temple. But now Jesus’ mind turns to his own impending death.  We enter chapter 14.
Jesus is anointed by a woman in Bethany, and he agonizes in prayer in the garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:1-9, 26-42).  Those are the two passages before us this Sunday.  (Sandwiched between them is the Passover and the Lord’s Supper, which we will cover Maundy Thursday.)  In all of these episodes, Jesus is mindful of his own death.  It weighs on him — not as a sure sign of doom and failure, but instead as a horrifically difficult mission.  The time is near.
But we also learn about devotion.  Ointment worth a year’s wages were ‘wasted’ on Jesus!  The woman is scolded for this, but Jesus will have none of it.  Just as he made a hero out of the woman who gave two small coins, so also will this woman be praised strongly by our Lord.  She understands both the unique moment and the unique Savior.
And Jesus himself exhibits his own deep devotion — devotion towards the Father.  I will that this cup passes me, he prays.  But not my will but yours, Father.  He says that while being “sorrowful unto death,” so deep is His devotion to the Father… and to His plan of salvation.  For you.  
For us!
-Pastor Mark
Mark Moser

Mark is the Pastor at New Life. Before coming on staff he spent many years teaching computer programming in the IT sector, while he also pursued theological studies. Mark and his wife Lise live in Glenside with their four children.

Topic: Opening up the Word

These are “sidebars” to our sermons. Many worthwhile thoughts don’t get spoken on Sunday mornings because they aren’t part of the bullseye we want to hit. Here is our chance to pass along additional ways the Word spoke to our hearts.