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Lord's Supper, Prayer in Gethsemane
Mark 14:22-42 Commentary
by C. Clifton Black
Jesus’ fidelity and the Twelve’s faltering: these cables bind the Last Supper and Gethsemane in Mark.
In a large upper room (Mark 14:22-31): Previously Jesus presided over two other banquets during which he “took, blessed, broke, and gave bread” (Mark 6:31-44; 8:1-10), anticipating a messianic banquet envisioned in the age to come (Isaiah 25:6-8; Matthew 22:1-4). What he has done for the multitudes he now does for the Twelve -- with important differences. In Mark 14:22 Jesus identifies a loaf with his own body. Soma is a flexible metaphor: “my personality” or “my essential selfhood” may capture some nuances here (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:17). Previously Jesus spoke of his self-sacrifice for many (Mark 10:45); here it is reiterated for his followers’ sake.
Predictably at Passover, Jesus gives thanks over a cup and gives it to all his companions (Mark 14:23). Unpredictably he associates its contents with “my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (14:24): a reminder of Jesus’ description of the Son of Man’s service ...
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NL218: Lord's Supper, Prayer in Gethsemane
March 24, 2016
This podcast discusses Mark 14:22-42, the Narrative Lectionary readings for Mar. 24, 2016.