The Jesus Identity

Mark 14:12-25

12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘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 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 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 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.” The New International Version. (2011). (Mk 14:12–25). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

You might remember the novel and the movie, The Bourne Identity, in which Robert Ludlum protrayed a person who had completely forgotten everything and did not even know who he was. The man, Jason Bourne, discovered people chasing him and trying to kill him. He was not sure whether he was an assassin who was a force for instability and evil or an agent who was supposed to bring stability and improvement. I can’t imagine staying sane in such circumstances.

The gospel of Mark describes a person who is the complete opposite of Jason Bourne. Jesus knew exactly who he is and what his purpose is. Instead of a complete lack of knowledge of his circumstances, he even knew where he was going to eat that night without even making reservations or preparations of any sort.

The only scene that actually sounds like a spy story is Mark 14:13-15. In these three verses, the disciples are to find a man carrying water and follow him into a building. In the building, they are to ask the owner about a guest room that has been prepared for the teacher. This might sound like meet the man wearing an overcoat and carrying a striped umbrella and ask this secret question, but it really isn’t. Prior arrangements can not be made when any number of people could be carrying water in a city with as many people as the city of Jerusalem. The story can only mean that Jesus has supernatural knowledge and with his divine abilities he has arranged for this meal.

This story, like so many in Mark, reveal the true identity of Jesus. Only the Son of God has this power and only the Son of God has this knowledge. Mark tells us clearly about the identity of Jesus: he is the Son of God.

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