22 Mar Discussion Guide: Jesus: The King Who Suffers – Week 2
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.
Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.
This Week’s Topic
This week we continue on through the Gospel of Mark as we are in the last part of a three part series looking at Jesus: The King Who Suffers. We will be taking at look at Mark’s claims regarding the life of Jesus and how this Jesus of Nazareth not only changes lives, but has changed history itself. Today’s discussion is going to be a bit of a testimony session as we discuss when, how and why our faith journey began and how, if you’re a Christian, following Jesus has impacted your life.
What is your favorite court room drama show to watch? Why do you think we are so drawn to those kinds of shows?
“The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree. 57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree. 60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?””
Why do you think these Jewish people in general, and the High Priest in specific, were so troubled and disturbed by Jesus?
The people in general, and the religious leaders in particular were so angry with Jesus because He had disturbed their status quo, He had upended their religious system. Even though the Jews didn’t really have any power being under the thumb of the Roman Empire, they still had developed a sort of political system wherein the High Priest, and the Chief Priests had a sort of power and control within their community. As we know from other Scriptural accounts, as well as other historical documents, these religious leaders had been using their positions of power to serve themselves politically, financially, etc. Rather than leading the Jewish people through the midst of difficult and trying times, they were using the Jewish people to ensure their own success and comfort under the dictates of Rome.
When Jesus showed up on the scene and began to call the people to the true Kingdom of God and He began to elevate the status of people considered powerless within that community. He began to proclaim forgiveness of sins apart from the High Priest’s interceding on their behalf. He began to challenge and question the traditions of the religious elite that for years had kept them in the place of power.
Jesus was causing their power structure, or what little power structure they had, to come unraveled. The people who had been in power were losing that power/control and this angered them greatly. This is what Jesus does to us as well. When Jesus steps into our lives He upends our power structures and takes away our sense of control.
How do we tend to respond in our own lives when it feels like we are losing control or power in our situations?
Is that response different or similar to what we see in this passage?
Why do you think we tend to put God on trial when life gets difficult and scary?
What does that say about us? What does that say about God?
Mark 14:53-54, 66-72
“They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said. 68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway. 69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”
71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” 72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.”
Why do you think Peter was doing what he was doing here?
How do you think you would have responded if you were in Peter’s shoes?
Are there any areas in your life today where you seem to keep Jesus at a distance rather than following Him up close? (finances, relationships, etc.)
Why might someone keep Jesus at arm’s length when it comes to certain areas of our lives? Is that approach wise or foolish? Why?
In our moments of feeling fearful, alone, and out of control in life, why is it so important that we stay connected with the people who know us, love us and will remind us of what’s true and good?
Dr. Tim Keller, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
“Suffering is unbearable if you aren’t certain that God is for you and with you.”
How was Jesus’ reaction to HIs trial different from Peter’s reaction? Why do think that is?
How might the sacrificial love of Jesus free us from the fear of losing control and enable us to follow Him intimately in every area of our lives?
How can we put that same kind of love on display in the midst of a fearful world today?