JESUS + COMMUNION
Mark 14:22-31 NASB
22 While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” 23 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.25 Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
26 After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, because it is written, ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.’ 28 But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” 29 But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away, yet I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three times.” 31 But Peter kept saying insistently, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And they all were saying the same thing also.
OUTLINE + QUESTIONS
- Jesus offers relationship & redemption for our sin and shame (14:22-26)
1. How do you describe your relationship with Jesus, specifically to those in your closest circles? How did you come to a place in your life where a growing relationship with Jesus is a priority to you? What are the things that keep that relationship with your Savior a priority? In what ways have you been growing in your relationship with Jesus this week? How does participating in communion with other believers impact you?
- Jesus promises His presence in the face of our failure (14:27-31)
2. How has Jesus’ presence been a reality in some of the most difficult times in your life? How are you tempted to comfort others rather than point them to Jesus in difficult times? How do you interact with the fact that Jesus’ closest disciples would all fall away? How can you identify with the disciples?