Mark Has Some Good News, Part 64, Many Is Not All

Mark 14:

Institution of the Lord's Supper 


22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, "Take; this is my body." 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God." 


Jesus Christ.
He used the word "many" but not the word "all". He could have said "all" but it would have changed what he was doing. He was changing the nature of sin and death and could have in his power said "all" and meant it, but he didn't.


"All" would imply that while we are all unworthy of that sacrifice nothing was required for us to accept it. No choice no decision no change.


"Many" implies that the offer and covenant is waiting for those that would follow and avoided and disregarded by those who choose themselves over that kind of love.


Many people will tell you all will be saved and others will tell you all can be saved. If "all" could be saved then "none" would be in danger and "one" did not have to die yet did. That's because many will come at his call and more will turn from it. It's why the most moral and upright nailed him to a cross and why murderers and thieves came to know him as king.


Because he said "many" and not "all".