Read Mark 14:66-15:47
1. Did you discover something new this time you read the chapter?
2. Look at Mark 14:66-72. What does it mean to disown someone or something? Have you ever done this? Why? Now Peter is brave enough to follow Jesus to the high priest’s house. Why do you think he now denies Christ? Do you think he realized what he was doing? Why? How were the three accusations and denials similar? How were they different? How do you think Peter felt, especially in the light of Mark 14:31? Do you think this situation would have been different if Peter had headed Jesus’ command in the garden (Mark 14:38) to watch and pray? How? How do you feel toward Peter right now? When do you find it difficult to admit you are a Christ follower? What helps you the most to publicly identify with Jesus? When, if ever have you felt that your failures had made it impossible for Christ ever to use you again? How does Peter’s account help you?
3. Look at Mark 15:1-20. If you could release any prisoner from jail, at any point in history, whom would you release and why? What is the charge against Jesus? Is this a charge that the Romans would take seriously? How does Pilate discover the truth? Does he succeed? Do you think that Pilate is most concerned with justice or with order in this passage? Why? Why do you think Jesus again remains silent? What does this tell you about Jesus?
4. Look at Mark 15:21-47. Have you ever sat with someone who is dying? What was it like? What do you know about crucifixion? What king of experience was it for the person? How is the official charge different from the change of the high priests in Mark 14:53-65? Why is there this difference? What do you think was the real reason Jesus’ opponents wanted him crucified? Is this reason different than the charges against him? What do you think was the worst aspect of the crucifixion? Why this aspect? What causes his separation from the father? What does this say about your part in the crucifixion? What does the torn curtain of the temple symbolize in this passage? Why do you think that only women are mentioned in verses 40-41? What do these verses say about Jesus’ relationships with women? What you the say about Jesus’ women followers? About his other followers?
5. Do you have any questions about this chapter?
6. How did this chapter in Mark explain the gospel to you?
7. What was the most important new concept you learned in the Gospel of Mark? Why? How has it changed your relationship with Jesus and how you live for Him?
Has the gospel of Mark challenged you in any way? In what way? What was it challenging?
*Much of the work in is not my own but used in collaboration with a few commentaries and Group Study Bible.