(26-29) Institution of the Lord’s Supper
The broken bread is Jesus’ broken body. The poured out cup is Jesus’ shed blood.
(30-35) Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
All of the disciples (sans Judas) promised to never deny or leave Jesus the Christ, but none of them (sans John) kept their word. As soon as Jesus was seized, they fled. And later on during His mock trial, Peter denied Christ three times – just as He predicted he would. When times are calm, it is one thing to say ‘I will follow’ Christ; but in times of chaos, it is quite another thing to actually do so. Better for us to be humble and follow through, then presumptuous and fall apart.
(36-46) Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
In Mark 11:24, Jesus the Christ tells us that whatever we ask in prayer, if we believe that we have received it, it will be ours. In this scene, however, Christ prays to His Father for the cup of suffering and death to pass, and as we all know, God DOES NOT answer the prayer of His only begotten Son. The only perfect man to ever live did not receive what He asked for in prayer.
When God does not answer our prayers or is slow in answering our prayers, we must not think it is because He does not hear us or because He hates us. God’s will encompasses all of humanity, while our will often only encircles ourselves. If the cup had been removed, only Christ would have been saved and God’s divine mission to bring salvation to the entire world would have failed. We are redeemed people with a future and a hope because Christ was more concerned about the will of His Father being done.
Favorite verse: (31) Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’