Dr. Dave Whitaker | Mark 15:16-32
The mocking of Jesus reveals how we are hostile to the claims of Christ. You either completely adore Him or you completely despise Him. But God works in the midst of weakness. The world is looking for control and weakness, but Jesus transforms and redeems weakness. Through shame and weakness, Jesus gives us a new hope and a new name.
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These questions are provided for your further study and application of this message. It is helpful to discuss your answers with others such as your Community Group, family, friends or an accountability partner.
- What is your take away from this message?
- What mental, physical and emotional brutality do the soldiers inflict on Jesus? Why? Does their mockery stem from fear, anger, unbelief, or...?
- Why is Simon needed to carry Jesus' cross (see 14:65; 15:15, 19)? How might that affect him?
- What kinds of people were usually crucified (v. 27)? How is Jesus like them?
- What further insults are added to injury (vv. 29-32)?
- Why did Jesus go through this trial and torture when He could easily have used His great power and escaped? How does that make you feel?
- Reflect on Hebrews 12:1-3; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. What do we learn about Jesus? Ourselves? Our response?
- Write out a prayer in response to what the Lord has taught you through this study and what steps in response He might want you to take.