On the last night of His life, Jesus wanted to praise the Father, by the power of the Spirit, for the sake of His own heart. And He wanted to do it with His friends. We have a God who sings?!
Main Text: Mark 14:12-26
What does it mean for Jesus to love? That’s the question we’re asking in this series, and to answer we’re looking at His last supper with His disciples the night before He was crucified.
Jesus demonstrates His love by sharing His spiritual life with them:
He tells them about His prayers for them (e.g., Luke 22:32)
He prays with them (e.g., John 17)
He has spiritual conversations, telling them more about the Father’s kingdom (e.g., Luke 22:24-30)
He promises to be with them in the Holy Spirit (e.g., John 14:18-26)
And Jesus shares His spiritual life with them, in today’s main passage, by singing hymns with them:
This is a remarkably intimate act, to sing to His Father, with His friends, by the Spirit, on such a dark night
This is Jesus inviting His friends to see and to take part in the relationship He has with His Father
This is what we’re invited into still—to sing to God the Father, by the power of the Spirit, in the name and place of Jesus
How delightful would life be if we imitated Jesus?
We're having a year at the table--a year where we partner with Jesus and love our neighbors as actively, warmly, and simply as we know how. We're going to make a habit of hosting our neighbors for dinner, inviting them to feast on Jesus with us.
Will you join us?
How different might our lives and neighborhoods be if we invited our neighbors into our own spiritual lives?