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"Jesus’ Swan Song?" Your Thoughts?

I want to give you a passage from Mark 14:

22In the course of their meal, having taken and blessed the bread, he broke it and gave it to them. Then he said,

Take, this is my body.
23-24Taking the chalice, he gave it to them, thanking God, and they all drank from it. He said,

This is my blood,
God’s new covenant,
Poured out for many people.

25″I’ll not be drinking wine again until the new day when I drink it in the kingdom of God.”

26They sang a hymn and then went directly to Mount Olives.

Now, let’s keep one thing in mind.  This song occurs at a time when it is obvious that Jesus knows that His time living in his eartly body is about over.  He knsow that soon He will be denied by his closest friends, ratted out by another, and placed on a cross to endure absolute torture.

Now…let’s reflect on the last verse of this passage:

26They sang a hymn and then went directly to Mount Olives.

The question is simply this:

“What do you take away from this verse?  What does it mean to you?”

No wrong answers – but your answers may assist me in a new Worship project that I am working on right now.  I know many of you read my blog posts but choose to remain silent when it comes to comments…and I respect that.  If you have a few brief moments…please break your silence for this post.  It would mena the world to me.  Whether you decide to answer or not, would you also concider forwarding this to other via facebook, twitter, or other means by using the “Share This” icon below?

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12 thoughts on “"Jesus’ Swan Song?" Your Thoughts?”

  1. Gene says:

    To me this speaks of worship through pain, because of the pain, and certainly as preparation for the pain.

  2. Bryan Wolski says:

    Reminds me of a lyric from my favorite song on our latest album. "I will trust you in the pain. When I can't see past today, when it's hard to lift my hands to praise you, I will trust you." That is from Blessed is the One on the Daniel Doss Band album. There have been many nights I have been performing that song with tears in my eyes. I have had pain as many others have, but we need to trust God through the pain and give praise anyway.

  3. Garry HILL says:

    Cannot find the song to listen too brother?

  4. Carl Miller says:

    I'm not so sure there was pain being felt during the singing. Remember that in Luke 22:24 it is said that a dispute arose among the disciples as to which of them was the greatest, and Jesus had to counsel them about that. I believe there was some confusion among His followers. It could have been merely praising of God, as it was a custom for them to go to the Mount of Olives.

  5. Jason Whitehorn says:

    "It could have been merely praising of God, as it was a custom for them to go to the Mount of Olives. "

    That it was…

    Thanks for your input!

    1. Jason Whitehorn says:

      Bryan,
      Haven't listened to that one yet, bro. Now you\'ve got my curiosity going. Good playing with ya Saturday….despite the temperature on the stage.

      JW

  6. Anonymous says:

    From that last verse, I feel like that speaks to how I deal with any bad situation I'm dealt. I turn to music, or worship music, or piano, or whatever. I am called to music and when I need God, that's where I find him. In my music he has given me. Going to the Mount Olives was him going to pray to be closer to his father. Well, when I need to be closer to God, I find a quiet time and pray. He was just preparing himself, getting himself completely ready for the task at hand. And we all need to prepare ourselves for the tasks God has called us to do. <3 I dunno if this was the sort of response you wanted, but that's what I get.

  7. Jason Whitehorn says:

    [(Editor's Note) Some people choose to send me messages via Facebook or regular email and wish to remain anonymous. I chose to honor those requests and will manually insert their comments without their identifying information.]

    Anonymous,

    Thanks for your input.

    "I feel like that speaks to how I deal with any bad situation I'm dealt. I turn to music, or worship music, or piano, or whatever. I am called to music and when I need God, that's where I find him."

    Believe it or not, it is because of those feelings that I am doing this project! More info later!

  8. Becky Davis says:

    In my opinion, it's a song of both and sadness and pain. There is a song that we did called "When Joy and Sorrow Meet" it was actually from our Easter Concert last year. When I heard that song, and these lines;" There is hope in despiration , there is vicotory in defeat" this is was exactely what came into my mind when I think how the deciples felt during this time when they knew that it was the last moments when they would be with Jesus.

  9. Jason Whitehorn says:

    Nice points. Much appreciated!

  10. Thomas Loy Bumgarner says:

    Jason, traditionally it is thought that Psalms 111 -118 were sung. That's all I know.

  11. DLB says:

    Traditionally, the hymn that is sung at the end of the Passover feast is Psalm 118. Significantly, it is a prophetic Psalm of the Messiah. Here Jesus was singing about Himself. "The stone which the builders have set at naught, the same has become the head cornerstone. This is the work of the Lord; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Hosanna, Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" And Jesus singing with His disciples, and then leaving the upper room and going out to the Mount of Olives. — Chuck Smith

    But don't forget to take it in context with the rest of the chapter. This was the Passover and the meal ended with a hymn. That Jesus could sing it on the eve of his cruxifiction shows that He could still praise the Father in the midst of turmoil, He was fulfilling prophecy (singing about Himself), and that He followed the whole "jot and tittle" of the Law in following the tradition of the Jewish Passover.

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