Sunday, May 24th, 2020
- Believe Jesus as Christ
- Confess Jesus as Savior
Follow Jesus as Lord
- The crucifixion of Jesus is the climax of the Gospel of Mark. Why is it central to the Christian faith? Why is it important for your personal faith?
- Verses 21-39 are full of Old Testament references and fulfillments. Why is this significant?
- At the cross, Jesus quoted Psalm 22:1. Turn there and read Psalm 22:1-5. Given this context, what was Jesus saying by quoting Psalm 22:1?
- Go back to the confession of Jesus in Mark 1:10-11, and then read Mark 15:38-39. What are some similarities between the confessions? Why is it surprising that the confession in Mark 15 came from a centurion?
- A major theme of Mark’s Gospel has been discipleship (following Jesus). Where are Jesus’ Disciples during his crucifixion? Who are the ones still following Jesus, and why is this meaningful?
- Read Mark 15:21. Who is Simon, what role does he play in the story, and why are his children mentioned?
- Read Mark 15:32. What were the Jewish leaders demanding from Jesus? Do you find yourself making similar demands to God or to Jesus?
- Which step are you struggling with the most right now: believing in Jesus, confessing in Jesus, or following Jesus? Please take a moment now to pray, confessing your weakness and humbly asking for God’s help.
21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). 23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it was the third hour when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. 29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.
The Death of Jesus
33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.