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Emotional Overloads

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Grief: Emotional suffering brought about by loss, mishap, or disaster. The word is used meaning as to cause it or to feel it.
In Scripture we see it used to describe Isaac and Rebekah’s grief when their son Esau married a Hittite woman. Where God mourned the misery of Israel brought upon themselves by their disobedience. Where Hannah was sad not having a son. And the list goes on...
INTRO - Grief is one our strongest emotions and we are blessed that God gives us insight into this emotion.
EST - Jesus grieves his disciples telling them that one of them is going to betray him to the religious leaders.
ESS - Our message notes the reality of grief as part of life and urges us to accept and handle it wisely.
OSS - This message will question if we grieve with God especially over people who refuse to come to Jesus to be saved.
TRANS - Let’s travel back to a time when Jesus walked with his disciples.

What does it say?

Mark 14:17–21 ESV
And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

What does it mean?

TRANS - Grief rarely comes at a good time.

Grief’s Timing

Why did Jesus and the disciples “recline” to eat the Passover meal?
In this case, reclining is associate with the Passover setting.
That was not the case as we note from the OT where it stipulates the Passover should be eaten in haste.
Later Jews stretched the Passover meal into a banquet where the remembrance of the exodus recounted in a leisurely manner and participants reclined as a sign of their status as a free people.
Grief can come in at a time of celebration and during the normal course of enjoying life.
What insights do you gain from comparing different Bible translations on their rendering of the word “to be sorrowful” in Mark 14:19?
sorrowful, to be distressed, grieved, saddened
The word describes the rich young ruler’s sorrowfulness:
Matthew 19:22 ESV
When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
And Paul uses the word to describe pain:
2 Corinthians 2:2 ESV
For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained?
The word “grieve” means severe emotional distress; it means to be distressed, to be sad, or to be actively grieved.
TRANS - Grief can lead to denial and questioning God

Grief’s Temptations

Does the disciples’ response (“Is it I”) suggest confidence or uncertainty?
The disciple’s response is in answer to the interesting construction in the original language that expects a negative answer.
That nuance is nicely handled in the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation:
Mark 14:19 HCSB
They began to be distressed and to say to Him one by one, “Surely not I?”
Mark probably wanted readers to ask themselves, “Would I betray Jesus in the face of persecution or other trial?”
We all should ask that question.
Consider the the prayer offered by Pastor Edwards prior to the Lord’s Supper:

Cf. the traditional prayer often offered by Morgan Edwards (pastor of FBC Philadelphia beg. 1762) at the beginning of the Supper: “Cast out of every heart the Judas that would betray thee, that would eat bread with thee, and then lift up the heel against thee.”

That really brings the seriousness of Jesus question to the disciples right up into our contemporary lives.
TRANS - Even God knows grief.

Grief’s effect on God

What does it mean to “[dip] bread into the dish with me” (Mark 14:20)?
BAK - Dipping bowls were used during the Passover ritual feast.
The idea of someone about to betray another dipping into the same bowl at such a feast would horrify ancient folks.
For them, hospitality and sharing was a time for developing intimate bonds and enjoying one another’s fellowship.
Some scholars note that many Jewish groups required the leader to act first
In this text, “dipping” with Jesus could mean a person was denying Jesus’ superior rank.
What is “written” of the Son of Man?
The text reminds us of the divine necessity for Jesus’ passion and death.
For example:
Mark 8:31 ESV
And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Mark 9:31 ESV
for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”
We don’t know exactly what Scripture is referenced here.
Truly it’s not necessary to know where the text references because Jesus used the title “Son of Man.”
Any Scripture that refers to Jesus’ life as given as a ransom; his being killed for others, qualifies as a proof text that Jesus holds the title “Son of Man.”
What does “woe to that man” mean in Mark 14:21?
Let’s look as some passages that use similar word structure:
Isaiah 3:11 ESV
Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.
Micah 2:1 ESV
Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand.
Or other NT passages:
Matthew 11:21 ESV
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
Luke 11:42 ESV
“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
In it’s context we get the idea that Jesus is providing an insight to the whole of God’s Word explaining the action of the one who sides with evil to the demise of the Son of Man.
Psalm 41:9 ESV
Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
Here the “friend” turns on Jesus.
According to the word of Daniel, evil has some power for a time:
Daniel 7:25 ESV
He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.
Daniel describes the fierce struggle between God and powers of evil.
The handing over the “Son of Man” to those who seek his life fits the scenario.
Given Jesus’ interest in Daniel, perhaps the “an anointed one shall be cut off” was in his mind.
Big Point - Jesus is betrayed and great woe is assigned as the result of and even to the one who sides with evil.

What is God asking from me?

The disciples’ response to grieve when Jesus told them one of them would betray him.
The disciples noted the seriousness of betraying Jesus.
Are we saddened when things make God sad?
Do we grieve when God is dishonored by people?
Let’s remember that it is okay to grieve over people’s decision to refuse salvation.
(Consider showing a video clip from a sitcom or news story to show how desensitized we’ve become to material that dishonors God.)
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