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March 18, 2012 - Mark 14:53-65 Small Group Discussion questions

Big Idea In Christ those who are at odds become one.

Opening • When you think of criminal trials, what are some of the rules that regulate a trial in our courts today?

Scripture Read John 18:12-14; 19-23 • This is the first stop for Jesus after his arrest. Why was Jesus brought before Annas? What did Annas find out about Jesus? Why did Annas send Jesus to Caiaphas? Read Mark 14:53-65 • What was the goal of Caiaphas when it came to Jesus? What was the false testimony against Jesus? How is this different from what Jesus really said as found in John 2:18-21? • In Mark 14:60, Caiaphas questions Jesus directly. That was illegal. Why did he do that? Why does Caiaphas asked Jesus directly, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” • Look at Jesus’ answer in Mark 14:62, Jesus is combining a number of old testament passages in his answer. Read Psalm 110:1-2, Daniel 7:13-14, Isaiah 52:8-9, 13-15 • What happened after Jesus said this? Why? What did they know Jesus was saying?

Reflection • Why did Jesus allow all this to happen? • John referred to a book that C.S. Lewis wrote called, “God in the Dock”. How do people put God on trial? How did the people of the old testament put God in the Dock? Read Numbers 14:1-4; Exodus 17:1-7 • How do we put God in the Dock? • John talked about a substitution taking place when it came to Jesus sitting in the seat of the accused. What was John getting at? Read Colossians 1:22. What makes us free from accusation? • Who is our greatest accuser? What will happen to him according to Revelations 12:10?