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Mark’s first-century biography – page 42

And the first day of the Unleavened, when they were sacrificing the Passover, his disciples state to him (Jesus of Nazareth, c. AD 30, Jerusalem, the day before his crucifixion), “Where do you wish that, having come away, we may prepare that you may eat the Passover?” 
The adjective ‘Unleavened’, usually bread without leaven, was a picture of living a judgment-free, sin-free new life. The singular noun ‘Passover’, was a reminder of the lambs slain by the Israelites around 1350 BC by means of whose blood they escaped the punishment of death which, on one night, fell upon all the Egyptians and their livestock. 

This feast of the “sin-free” and the “passing over of sin and judgment to another” coincided with Jesus’ sacrifice of himself. All the disciples thought that this had to be eaten (roast lamb) “away” and was for Jesus, not them.

And he sends out two of his disciples and states to them, “Go into the city! And a man carrying a kermaion (25 litre pitcher) of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he may come in, say this to the master of the house, ‘The teacher states, where is my guest room, wherein I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large above-ground-room, having been fully provided for, and prepared. 

Instead of answering their question Jesus picks two to go through a pre-arranged teaching episode. This wonderful parallel – cleansing typified by water, the man illustrating Jesus, the master of the house (with Jesus) having already prepared everything in every way in heaven’s plan. All was already as good as completed above.

‘What God sends is better than what humans ask for.’  (Croatian proverb)
“There, prepare for us!” And the disciples came out and came into the city and found just as he had said to them, and they prepared the Passover. 

The Passover (again). But where? There in the city? Not in the Temple or the synagogue or church. But also, chiefly, in the above-earth prepared place.

And it having become evening, he comes with the twelve. And, as they are reclining and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I state to you that one out of you will give me away - one eating with me.” They began to be sorrowful and to state to him one by one, “Is it I?” But he said to them, “One of the twelve baptising-into the tryblion (0.25 litre dish) with me. The Son of Man indeed goes according as it has been written about him, but sorrow to that particular man through whom the Son of Man is given away; good for that particular man if had not been born.” 

Jesus brings his twelve disciples to the “sin-free”, the “sin and judgment transfer place”. He teaches them that appearances are totally incorrect. He teaches them to question whether their own hearts are clean. The choice is whether to “give away” Jesus or not. It still is. As are the consequences.

And as they are eating, he, having taken bread, having praised, broke and gave to them, and said, “Take! This is my body.” And having taken a poterion (small cup), having thanked, he gave to them, and all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the new testament, which is being poured out on behalf of many. Truly, I state to you that I shall no longer drink from the product of the vine until that particular day when I may drink it brand-new in the kingdom of God.” 

Body and life-blood given. They needed to “take” and they all “drank”. (Not Judas.) For Jesus, this would be the final “product of the vine”: the disciples knew that descendants of Israel comprised that “vine” and that, over many centuries, the “vine” had only produced evil. He would “drink” that. A new kingdom was imminent…

‘In my place condemned he stood, sealed my pardon with his blood. Hallelujah. What a saviour.’ (Philip Bliss, American composer, 1838-1876)
And having sung a hymn, they came out to the Mount of Olives. And Jesus states this to them, “All will be turned away because it has been written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ Nevertheless, after my having risen. I will go before you into Galilee.” But Peter stated to him, “Even though all will be turned away, yet not I.” And Jesus stated to him, “Truly, I state to you that this very night you, before twice rooster sound, you will disown me three times.” But he spoke emphatically, “If it may be necessary for me to die along with you, I will not disown you.” Moreover, they all stated likewise. 

To whom will this real “Unleavened” (sin-free), this “new testament”, this “Passover” (passing over of sin and judgment to another), this “kingdom of God” apply? Will it apply only to goody-goodies? No, it will apply to those who will have run away from him. To Sinner Syvret and others. 

Sinner Syvret

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