Gospel of Mark – Chapter 14:22-25 – New Symbols of Passover Introduced

by | Mar 23, 2023 | Gospel of Mark, Bible Studies | 0 comments

Speaker: Daniel Deininger
Date: March 22, 2023

Message Summary

In Mark chapter 14 verses 22 to 25, Jesus is having his last supper with his disciples before he is arrested and crucified. During the meal, Jesus takes bread, gives thanks, breaks it, and gives it to his disciples saying, “Take it; this is my body.” He then takes a cup, gives thanks, and gives it to them, and they all drink from it. Jesus says, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”

These actions of Jesus are the new symbols of Passover. He transforms the traditional Passover meal into a new commemoration of his impending sacrifice on the cross. The bread represents his body, which will be broken for them, and the cup represents his blood, which will be shed for them. Jesus is establishing a new covenant between God and his people through his sacrifice, which will bring forgiveness and redemption to all who believe in him.

Discussion Questions

  1. What time of the day is the Passover to be kept? Is the NT time consistent with OT scripture?
  2. Is taking Passover optional or commanded?
  3. Are the new symbols Jesus instituted optional?
  4. What happens if we don’t eat the bread (of Passover)? What are the promises if we do?
  5. What point does Paul make about how we observe or keep Passover?
  6. What point does Paul add about the body?
  7. Why did John include so much more detail on Passover?
  8. What isn’t mentioned in Matthew, Mark, or Luke… that is mentioned in John?
  9. Why does Luke show a different sequence of events?
  10. How do we”shew” the Lord’s death? (As Paul put it?)
  11. When Christ “broke” things before, what were the benefits?
  12. Why won’t Christ drink wine until in the Kingdom?

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