Isaiah 50:4-7 II:
By the sheer length of the Passion narrative, we only look at some significant
- The anointing points to Jesus as the anointed one, the Messiah.
Anointing for burial is not her intent; that is how Jesus chose.
- While the chief priests are afraid to arrest Jesus, one of the twelve
offers to deliver him for a small sum of money thereby changing their fear
into jubilant anticipation.
- Jesus' prediction in (v.27) using an Old Testament quotation becomes
reality in (v.50)
- Jesus looks beyond his death and promises that the scattered flock will
be gathered again. "I will go before" may be taken as "I will lead you".
- Judas is not the only failure, "all" will fail in their measure:
14:23 They "all" drank from the cup
14:27 You will "all" fall away
14:31 they "all" protested
14:50 and they "all" ran away
- Peter's denials gradually become more serious and complete:
- At first, he pretends innocence.
- Then, he denies that he is a follower of Jesus.
- Finally, he curses and swears the he does not even know Jesus.
- Jesus' mission starts with an encounter with the tempter (1:12) and ends
with a final and decisive temptation: to eliminate suffering from his
- Jesus refuses to take the drugged wine as a means to lessen the torment
in order to fully drink the "cup" of suffering.
- Jesus dies in the midst of two sinners instead of James and John who had
requested to "sit one at your right and the other at your left" (10:37)
- By refusing to come down from the cross, by not saving his life, Jesus
brings the temple to an end (15:38) and builds the new temple (14:58)
- The rending of the curtain of the temple may be symbolic that the
privilege of Israel has come to an end and through Jesus a free access to
God is open to all.
- Jesus dies in total desolation: deserted by his disciples, taunted by his
enemies, mocked by those hung with him and worst of all, abandoned by God.
- The presence of the women sharply contrasts with the absence of the twelve
One Main Point
Jesus stands as a lonely figure throughout this Passion account. His hour
had come. He had to suffer alone before he could come to glory.
- With which one person could you best relate, or with whom would you
identify yourself? Why?
- Mark's Passion account is called the greatest instruction on
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