Mark 14:53-65 NASB
53 They led Jesus away to the high priest; and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes gathered together. 54 Peter had followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the officers and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any. 56 For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent. 57 Some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying, 58 “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’” 59 Not even in this respect was their testimony consistent. 60 The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?” 61 But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”63 Tearing his clothes, the high priest *said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? 64 You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. 65 Some began to spit at Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him with their fists, and to say to Him, “Prophesy!” And the officers received Him with slaps in the face.
- Abandoned 14:53-54
- Accused 14:55-59
- Attacked 14:60-64
- Abused 14:65
- The story of Jesus ends in a very brutal and bloody way. Why is this necessary or needed in order to accomplish God’s plan of redemption? What is helpful for you in your story with remembering Christ’s suffering?
- How does this aspect of Christ’s life help you when you feel alone and abandoned? Where do you turn for comfort when you feel alone? (vs 53-54) What would turning to Jesus look like? (Hebrews 4:15-16)
- When have you been falsely accused and had your words twisted and used against you? What was your reaction? Where do you turn when you are accused? What did Jesus do? (1 Peter 2:21-23) What would repentance look like for you next time?
- Why is it so easy to believe the lie that if we do everything right, people will like us, and we can avoid suffering? How does this lie lead us to perform? How does this period in Jesus’ life expose the lie and give us comfort in the suffering?