Mocking the Crucified Christ

Mark, Sermon Preparation

November 8, 2015 – Morning Worship

MondayMark 15:16-32

See the theme of mocking that runs through this passage. Who are the mockers and why are they mocking Jesus?

TuesdayPsalm 69

How does this Psalm echo in our passage of Jesus’ scorn and reproach? What reason do we find in the Psalm that Jesus had to endure this (v. 9)? How does that apply to you?

WednesdayPsalm 22

In what ways do you see this Psalm of King David being fulfilled in a new way in Jesus Christ’s crucifixion? How does this Psalm help you understand what is going on in Mark? Why did Jesus have to suffer shame and suffering and crucifixion? How ought this be a great sadness and comfort to you?

ThursdayI Peter 2

How did Peter apply the reality of Christ’s suffering to the lives of Christians after the resurrection? How does this apply to you?

FridayMatthew 27:27-44; Luke 23:26-43; John 19:16-27

Notice the similarities and differences in the accounts of the other eyewitnesses to Jesus’ crucifixion? What is unique about Mark’s emphases and what is the significance for you?

SaturdayGenesis 2:25; 3:7-8; Ezra 9; Isaiah 61:7

How is shame related to sin? When do you feel shame, what do you feel ashamed about? How does Jesus enduring the mocking shame he does in Mark 15 deal with our shame?

Favor for Failures

Mark, Sermon Preparation

October 11, 2015 – Morning Worship

MondayMark 14:66-72

What is the significance of this account about Peter as the premier disciple who was first to confess Christ? How might he be an encouragement to Christians who falter when facing persecution? How does Peter’s failure encourage you?

TuesdayMark 13:9-13; 14:53-65; 15:1-5

Why do you think Mark sandwiches Peter’s denial of Jesus between these two accounts of Jesus’ trial before the Sanhedrin and Pilate? How is Jesus doing for Peter what he cannot do for himself? Apply that to yourself.

WednesdayPsalm 88

This is one of the darkest Psalms without much glimmer of hope. If Jesus is the ultimate singer of the Psalms, how might this be the appropriate Psalm for him to be singing during Peter’s denial? Can we or should we sing this Psalm? How? When? Why?

ThursdayMark 14:17-21; 14:66-72

Peter makes two oaths—one to Jesus that he will never fall away, and one to a servant girl and some bystanders that he does not know anything about Jesus. Do you see the depth of Peter’s failure? How might that comfort and encourage you?

FridayJohn 13:36-38; 18:15-18, 25-27; 21:15-19

John recounts not only Peter’s failure, but also Jesus’ restoration of Peter. How does this help us understand the significance of Peter making sure the church always would remember his denial of Jesus? How is Jesus treatment of Peter such a powerful picture of his grace? How does this grace of Jesus substituting him- self for Peter and you apply specifically to you in your circumstances?

SaturdayMatthew 16:13-19; Mark 14:71; 1 John 1:5-2:6

How can God be faithful and just to forgive Peter’s denial Jesus? In ways are you tempted to deny knowing Jesus? In what ways does our sin look like a denial of knowing Jesus? Why do you think Jesus chose Peter after denying him to be a pillar of his church? What does that mean for you?