Mark: Faith in Action

Week 11(18-24 Mar.) – 5th Sunday of Lent

Sunday – Anointing Jesus

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:3-9

When Mary of Bethany comes to anoint Jesus with ointment of nard, there is an argument over whether the money for the ointment would have been better used by giving it to the poor.  As Jesus points out, that is a worthy use of money but you will always have the poor to help.  Mary, must have been one really listening to Jesus because Jesus points out that she is doing it in preparation for his body’s burial.  And for this, Jesus says, she will always be remembered.  Anointing Jesus for the dark days ahead.  There is a season for everything under the Son!

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Monday – Bargaining with the World  

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:10,11

Anytime we make a bargain with the world, we become like Judas Iscariot and we betray Jesus.  Whatever the motivation, when we turn away from Jesus as our Lord and we look to the world and its darkness as a Christian, it is like putting Jesus on the cross.  When we sin that is why Jesus was on the cross – that we may be forgiven and stay in the presence, in the kingdom, in the family of God.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Tuesday – Preparing the Passover

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:12-16

As Jesus prepares the Passover meal to share with the disciples we find that there is the behind the scenes work that is done and there is the work that the disciples are told to do to accomplish the Lord’s will in life.  The Holy Spirit is at work behind the scenes and there is the work that we are to do for faith to be in action in this world.  This brings about the Lord’s will and Glory.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Wednesday – Sharing the Passover

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:17-21

In the midst of sharing the Passover meal with the disciples, Jesus points out the need for the days ahead, the one who will betray him sits at the table and eats with Him.  For that one to be at the table requires the Passover Lamb.  For that one, the darkest of days are before him to the point “it would have been better for that one not to have been born.”  Caught in our sin, the guilt before our Lord brings more darkness than the sin alone.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Thursday – Communion at Our Lord’s Table

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:22-25

Christ becomes the Sacrificial lamb for our sins and the Passover Lamb for our death to life that we may be able to join Him at the Table of God’s Kingdom.  Jesus, our Lord, instituted the last supper as a celebration of the communion that we have together as his body through his blood and through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Friday – Fall Foretold

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:26-31

After Jesus and the disciples go back to the Mount of Olives, he informs them they will all desert him.  Peter swears to Jesus he will not!  Pride goeth before a fall and thus, Jesus assures Peter not only will he desert Jesus but he will deny knowing Jesus three times.  All of us are susceptible to the pull of the darkness and when we are most sure of ourselves is when we are most at danger of falling!

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Saturday – Faith in Agony

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:32-42

Jesus in Gethsemane is a story of great faith in action.  Knowing what lies ahead, Jesus goes off to pray, to talk with God, to plead with God, his Father, to remove the cup that is before him.   Faith in action is being honest in prayer with God.  Faith in action is being willing to do God’s will even if it means going to the cross.  Faith in action means not sleeping but being awake in prayer and in action.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

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