In Mark 2:23-28 some Pharisees accuse Jesus and his disciples of violating the Sabbath law by snacking on some grain while they walked through the fields. Jesus does not argue with their accusation. We notice, instead, that he teaches that there is a righteousness more important in God's sight than religious observance. He wants them to know that God gave some religious instructions for the benefit of humankind, not as a way to keep human beings "in line." Jesus teaches his disciples to honor God's heart as well as God's words.
In Luke 22, Luke makes it clear how we should understand Jesus' death on the cross. Jesus and his closest disciples share a Passover meal. While they do this, Jesus reinterprets the bread and the wine of that meal. He teaches his disciples to understand his death on the cross as a similar event to God's deliverance of Israel from slavery in Egypt. Jesus' death will establish God's "new covenant," the forgiveness of sins.
Click the link below to view, download, or print a manuscript version of the lesson from this Sunday. This was our first "drive-in" style worship gathering, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our focus was upon sharing the Lord's Supper together. So, this lesson is more like a slightly longer "table talk" preparing for communion.