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final point on the outline of Mark “Salvation Secured”
This text brings us to a few days before Jesus’ death on the cross. Some scholars believe that the anointing of Jesus took place on Wednesday.
Location is the house of Simon the Leper. (A Pharisee)
Reclining at the Table - having supper with His disciples
two events: The anointing of Jesus and the betrayal by Judas
Mark places the anointing at Bethany next to His rejection by the religious leaders who plotted with Judas for His arrest. The woman (likely Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus) This is the same account as found in . John placed this event before the entry into Jerusalem. The account is likely not the same occasion.
Matthew- Jesus as Messiah
Mark - Jesus Son of Man (Written to Roman audience)
Luke - Savior
John - Jesus is God (Written to Greek audience)
Evangelical Commentary on the Bible C. Jerusalem Opposes Jesus (14:1–15:47)

(It should be noted that the sequence of events in the reportage of the passion narrative by the four Gospel writers often depends on the specific ironic or theological point they choose to make under the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit.) The irony of the anointing of Jesus follows the same pattern as the irony of his contest with the religious authorities: they defend religious tradition and oppose Jesus, while Jesus actually personifies and fulfills Old Testament tradition and they oppose it.

Generous - what do you associate with the word Generous?
What are some character traits of a generous person? What are some motivating factors to cause us to give?
illustrates unbelievable generosity/
How would you respond if you were asked to give a years worth of wages?
Mark 14:3–5 NRSV
3 While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. 4 But some were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the ointment wasted in this way? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her.
Simon apparently was healed from leprosy or he would not have had guests.
The woman boldly approached Jesus and poured the oil on His head. (a denarius was 1 days wage)
The average median income in Camden county, MO is $50,000
Re read again and listen for different reactions.
What makes it so easy to be critical of the way others show devotion to Jesus? How does this impact our fellowship with one another?
What does Generosity have in common with Love and Devotion?
Mark 14:6–9 NRSV
6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”
What was different about Jesus’ response than the others?
Jesus response to the woman
Greedy- what are some words associated with Greed?
Contrast Jesus’ mission with
Mark 10:45 NRSV
45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Jesus Mission
How does motive influence our worship?
How do we worship extravagantly?
Mark 14:10–11 NRSV
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11 When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
Profile of Judas Iscariot
What were his motivations?
A root of greed is Betrayal.
What is the difference between knowing a lot about Jesus and knowing Him intimately?
How does Judas’ actions illustrate the difference?
Mark 14:12–31 NRSV
12 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16 So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal. 17 When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. 21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” 22 While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 26 When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though all become deserters, I will not.” 30 Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said vehemently, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And all of them said the same.
Mark 14:12-31
Emphasis: Peter promises to never deny Jesus even after Jesus told him that he would.
Mark 14:32–36 NRSV
32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34 And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” 35 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.”
Mark 14:
The emotions of Jesus’ prayer
What does it reveal about His willingness to submit to God’s plan of redemption?
(cf. 8:31; 14:50)
What does it reveal about God?
What does it reveal about humanity? Jesus is the only one who is faithful and worthy to bear the righteous wrath of God upon human sin.
What about the nature of sin?
Evangelical Commentary on the Bible C. Jerusalem Opposes Jesus (14:1–15:47)

The final satanic attempt to divert Jesus from the cross parallels the initial temptation in the wilderness (1:12–13). There is a distinct pattern at the beginning and close of Jesus’ ministry: (1) baptism in water and first approval of the Son (1:9–11); (2) first temptation in the wilderness (1:12–13); (3) last temptation in the garden of Gethsemane (14:32–42, esp. 36a); (4) final approval of the Son that he be baptized by death (14:36b)

Summarization of vs. 37 - 52
Disciples sleeping, Judas completing his betrayal, and the disciples deserting Jesus.
What about Jesus response? Abba - Aramaic for “Father” in an intimate sense.
How about us? how have we betrayed Jesus? With our words, our actions?
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