Mark 14:17-26: Singing in the dark.

“17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me – one who is eating with me.’ 19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, ‘Surely you don’t mean me?’  20 ‘It is one of the Twelve,’ he replied, ‘one who dips bread into the bowl with me.21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.’  22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’  23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.  24 ‘This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many,’ he said to them. 25 ‘Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’  26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” NIV UK

There is an interplay between divine sovereignty and human responsibility to note in (21):  ‘’The son of Man will go just as it was written about him’’ – Divine Sovereignty.      ‘’But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man!’’ – Human responsibility.

That was something which hit me as I read this passage. But there was something else that caught me attention. It’s the two references to thanksgiving (22, 23), and the one reference to hymn-singing. This all took place under the shadow of the cross. It was singing in the dark; ‘singing in the pain’.

When Jesus ‘’gave thanks’’ for the bread and broke it, He knew full well what it represented: His own body to be crushed in crucifixion. When He ‘’gave thanks’’ for the cup, He knew what it was all about. He was going to die a terribly bloody death. But He gave thanks. It was the way to establish the New Covenant.

You will never face a day so dark as Jesus did. Yet on our dark days, it is good that we should learn to rejoice in the Lord.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your example. Thank you for your life in me, helping me to walk as you walked. Otherwise I could never sing in the dark.