Family Devotional #51 & #52

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The Gospel According to Mark Week # 51

OBJECTIVE: To read about and discuss the life of Jesus, applying his teachings to our lives.
Feasting on the Word: Mark, Chapter 15 (As you read, notice the self-control Jesus displays.)
Family Discussion: (15:1-5) What did Pilate ask Jesus? What did Jesus reply? When the chief priests accused Jesus of many crimes, Jesus said nothing. How did Pilate react to Jesus’ silence? Discuss what might have happened to our salvation if Jesus had defended himself and Pilate had let Jesus go.
(15:6-15) Who was Barabbas? Who stirred up the crowd to ask for his release instead of releasing Jesus? Why did they do this? What did the crowd shout over and over again? Why did Pilate give in and release Barabbas? What did Pilate have his soldiers do to Jesus?
(15:16-20) How did the soldiers make fun of Jesus? What crown did the soldiers make for Jesus? Jesus had the power to strike these men dead for mocking him and spitting on him. Why do you think he allowed all of this to happen?
(15:21-32) Who was forced to carry Jesus’ cross? What does Golgotha mean? Describe the scene of Jesus’ crucifixion. Read the prophecy of Psalm 22:16-18 and compare it to this section of chapter 15. The chief priests said, “He saved others but he can’t save himself.” What did they mean?
(15:33-41) If you had been there that day, how would you have felt when the sky was dark from noon till 3:00 p.m.? Why did some think he was calling Elijah? Was he? What women were there watching as Jesus died?
(15:42-47) Why was it a bold thing for Joseph of Arimathea to ask Pilate for Jesus’ body? What did Pilate do first and why? What did Pilate do next? What did Joseph do with Jesus’ body? What was placed in front of the tomb?
Challenge: What do you learn from… …the fact that the curtain in the Temple was torn in two when Jesus died? What did that curtain represent during Old Testament times? …the fact that Jesus chose not to save himself? If he had, where we would be, spiritually?

The Gospel According to Mark Week # 52
OBJECTIVE: To read about and discuss the life of Jesus, applying his teachings to our lives.
Feasting on the Word: Mark, Chapter 16 (As you read, notice the reactions to Jesus’ resurrection!)
Family Discussion: (16:1-3) No Jew was allowed to work or sell goods on the Sabbath day, but at sundown, it was allowed. What did the women buy? Why? Does this show that they expected him to be resurrected or to stay dead? On what day did they go to the tomb? What were they discussing on the way there?
(16:4-8) What unusual thing did they see when they arrived? Whom did they talk to there? What good news did he have for the women? What did he tell the women to do next? How did the women react?
(16:9-11) To whom did Jesus appear first? What had Jesus done for this woman during his ministry on earth? When she told the others that she had seen the risen Lord, what was their reaction? To find out more about this encounter, read John 20:10-18.
(16:12-13) Jesus also appeared to two men in a different form so that they didn’t recognize him at first. When they told the others that they had seen Jesus, what was their reaction again? To find out more about this encounter, read Luke 24:13-35.
(16:14-16) Jesus appeared to the Eleven. Why are they called the Eleven now instead of the Twelve? Jesus rebuked them. Why? Jesus then gave them a command. What was it? Is baptism important? Why?
(16:17-20) After Jesus spoke to them, where did he go? What did the disciples begin doing after Jesus left them? How did the Lord confirm that his word, which the apostles preached, was the truth? (verses 17 &18)
Challenge: What do you learn from… …the fact that Jesus rebuked his disciples for their lack of faith? Will Jesus be pleased with your faith when he comes again? …the fact that Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the gospel. How can you, personally, do that? List as many ways as you can.