TEXT FOR THIS WEEK LESSON: MARK 14:43-15:15
CENTER TRUTH: JESUS DISPLAYED HUMILITY IN THE DARKEST HOURS OF HIS LIFE.
KEY VERSE: MARK 14:60-61 THE HIGH PRIEST STOOD UP IN THE MIDST, AND ASKED JESUS, SAYING, ANSWEREST THOU NOTHING? WHAT IS IT WHICH THESE WITNESS AGAINST THEE? BUT HE HELD HIS PEACE, AND ANSWERED NOTHING (KJV).
JESUS STANDS TRIAL
LET'S GET STARTED
Since its founding in 1992, a nonprofit organization called the innocence Project has help to exonerate hundreds of people through DNA testing. Most of these people had been tried and sentenced based on bad evidence and/or false accusations. Jesus was tried and convicted without due process of law, and, in His case, by those with bad motives. The Jewish religious leaders wanted Him to be convicted and "handed over to be killed" (Acts 3:13). If we were to bring up the topic of injustice, the discussion could certainly be applied to the trial and execution of Jesus. Considering that Jesus did no wrong, but only good, it may seem surprising that He was arrested and put to death. However, Jesus was not surprised by these events. He knew the sinfulness of human hearts. He also knew that the Father's plan involved His death and resurrection. As we study Mark 14 and 15, we are reminded that the events of our own lives do not surprise God either. We can trust Him to help us respond in His love when confronted by the challenges we face.
BETRAYED AND ARRESTED (MARK 14:43-47).
The night before Christ's crucifixion, He took His disciples to Gethsemane to pray. He brought Peter, James, and John nearer to His place of prayer, then moved ahead and fell to the ground in heart-wrenching prayer. The disciples fell asleep (Mark 14:41-42). As Jesus was rousing them for the third time, Judas appeared with a crowd bearing swords and clubs (verse 43). Judas told them to "lead him away under guard." Judas did not want those with him to lose track of Jesus. Jesus' treatment by Judas shows the pain of betrayal by someone close. Judas called Jesus "Rabbi," meaning "master," or teacher and greeted Him with a kiss, a common practice for a disciple to his teacher. However, Jesus willingly accepted His arrest as a part of God's redemptive plan, healing the injury Peter inflicted (see Luke 22:51). TAKEN BY FORCE (MARK 14:48-52). Jesus asked a question, "Am I leading a rebellion... that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?" (Mark 14:48). Barabbas, who had been involved in a rebellion, would later be freed in place of Jesus. Verses 51-52 records an incident unique to Mark's Gospel: A young man following Jesus fled naked, leaving his garment in the hands of those who seized Jesus. Some believed this young man may himself have been Mark
REACT ? Why do you think the disciples fled at this time, even though they had stayed true to Jesus up until this point?
BEFORE THE HIGH PRIEST (MARK 14:53-64)
Jesus was taken to the high priest Caiaphas (Mark 14:53; see Matthew 26:3). Gathered there was the entire body of the Sanhedrin. Peter followed from a distance, and was admitted with the help of John into the high priest's courtyard. The Jewish court needed to first condemn Christ, then hand Him over to the Romans. Two false witnesses misquoted Jesus saying, "I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands "(Verses57-58; see Mark 13:2 and John 2:19). The witnesses contradicted one another. The high priest then tried to get Jesus to incriminate himself by asking if He was the Messiah, Jesus answered, 'I am, " asserting that He was the "Son of Man" (Mark 14:62). Caiaphas tore his clothing because Jesus, in his view, had just committed a capital offense (verse 63). He then questioned the Sanhedrin, and Jesus was condemned to die (Mark 14:64; see Luke 23:50-53). DENIED BY PETER (MARK 14: 65-72). After being condemned by the Sanhedrin, Jesus suffered at the hands of those who held Him. Meanwhile, Peter attempted to avoid being identified with Christ. When a servant girl recognized Peter as being with Him (Mark 14:66-67). Peter denied forcefully: "I don't know or understand what you're talking about." After his second denial, bystanders noticed that Peter was a Galilean, perhaps by accent or clothing. This brought Peter's strongest denial (verse 71).
REACT ? What? should a person do when he or she has failed Christ?
BEFORE PILATE (MARK 15:1-5)
The Jewish rulers were free to bring Jesus to Pilate early in the morning (Mark 15:1). The Jewish leaders had charged Jesus with Blasphemy, but this would mean little to a Roman official, so they altered their claim to treason. Pilate asked Jesus if He was the king of the Jews. In replying, "you have said so," Jesus used a figure of speech to answer yes. Pilate was amazed that Jesus remained silent amid the accusations of the chief priest (Mark 15:4-5). BARABBAS FREED; JESUS PUNISHED (Mark 15:6-15). Those gathered at Pilates residence had a choice to make. According to custom, one prisoner was released during the Passover festival each year (Mark 15:6-8). One choice was Jesus. The other choice was Barabbas, a man accused of insurrection and murder in an uprising. Pilate asked the crowd if they wanted Jesus released to them . He realized that the chief priests had delivered Jesus to him out of their own self-interests and envy. But the chief priests incited the crowd to ask that Barabbas--who shared their contempt for Rome--be released instead. Pilate's desire to please the people (and protect his standing with Caesar) overcame his concerns of Jesus' innocence. So Pilate released Barabbas to them and Jesus flogged (verse 15).
REACT ? What kind of ungodly actions occur when we are motivated by envy?
WHAT IS GOD SAYING TO US?
Jesus endured unimaginable suffering for us. Yet, because of His love for us He willing submitted to the father's plan for our redemption. How does your walk with Christ reflect your gratitude for His sacrifice?
LIVING IT OUT
(1) If you have been betrayed or disappointed by someone, ask God to help you forgive that person. If possible, reach out to mend that relationship.
(2) Ask God to help you make wise decisions that come from right motives.
Monday A Wrong Response to Difficulty. Genesis 4:1-8
Tuesday A Right Response to Difficulty. Genesis 6:11-22 Wednesday Jesus' Silence Predicted. Isaiah 53:7-9
Thursday Jesus Displays Humility. John 13:6-17 Friday Jesus Teaches Humility. John 13:6-17 Saturday Be Like Jesus. Philippians 2:1-11
See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!!