- Verse 1-9. What some said about the value of the ointment and the need of the poor was perfectly true. Why then did Jesus commend Mary for her extravagance? What does this incident teach us about right priorities in Christian service?
- Verses 10-21. What do these verses suggest was the motive that lay behind Judas’ act of betrayal? Is our own attitude one of condemnation, or are we prepared to share the solemn heart-searching of verse 19?
- verse 22-25. Consider the use here of the words ‘bread’, ‘blood’, ‘my’, ‘gave’, ‘take’, ‘dark’, ‘covenant’. What light do they throw on the nature and method of salvation? Cf. 1 Pet. 1:18,19.
- Verses 8,9. ‘Note Jesus’ remarkable prediction of the future worldwide preaching of ‘the gospel’; cf. 13:10. There was in the woman’s action a recognition both of the unique person and of the impending work of Jesus; and these are both essential gospel truths.
- Verse 22. The expression ‘This is my body’ corresponds to the Passover formula, ‘This is the bread of affliction which our fathers ate in the land of affliction’. It indicates a symbolical commemoration, not an actual ‘transubstantiation’.
- Verses 26-31. Peter evidently found it much easier to apply the Lord’s words to the disciples than to himself. What wrong attitude does this reveal? Do we ever refuse to accept what the Lord is plainly trying to reach us?
- Verses 32-50. What caused our Lord’s distress? What is meant here by ‘the hour’ and ‘this cup’? why was Jesus ready, in a way his disciples were not, for what had to be faced? What exactly was his petition? Was it answered, and if so, how? Cf. Heb. 5:7, 8; Ps. 119:50, 92.
The object of the Jewish council was to find legal grounds for putting Jesus to death. It had been previously decided that he must die (14:1), but some ground must be sought, which would justify their action in condemning him, and enable them to secure Pilate’s confirmation of the verdict. Cf. Luke 23:1, 2.
- Verses 53-65. Note that the one definite charge, on which the decision to have did Jesus put to death was taken, was his claim to be the Christ. Cf. 15:26. What is your attitude to his claim?
- Observe the experiences through which Peter passed on this eventful night. What were the contributing factors that finally led up to his denial of Christ? See 14:29, 37, 50, 54. What can we learn from all this will help us to be prepared for temptation?