The Trial of Jesus - Mark 14:53-65

Study Notes

Getting started

  • How connected do you feel to Easter as a Christian celebration?
  • What impact have the past few weeks of reading Mark’s gospel had on you?
  • Has anything surprised you?
  • Has anything challenged you?

Look at the text

Read Mark 14:53 - 72

  • Why does the text make such a big deal about the false testimonies?
  • Why is it important that Jesus was innocent?
  • Who is setting the agenda in verses 53 – 65?
  • If Jesus is in control, why is he letting things go the way they are going?
  • What claim is Jesus making about himself in verse 63? (Read Daniel 7:13-14)
  • Why was the high priest so upset? He was clearly expecting the Messiah. (Verses 61b and 63-64)
  • How easy – or difficult – would it be for you to explain to your friends that they are going to be judged?
  • How do you feel about the idea of being judged by God?
  • What do you think about the bushfire and burnt ground metaphor Mark used in his sermon? (Listen from about 30:15 if you can’t remember it) Did you find it a helpful explanation for what happened on the cross? Why/Why not?
  • How often do you think about the people standing on the unburnt ground? Do they impact your life?
  • Read how Paul reacted to the people on the unburnt ground - 1 Corinthians 9:19-22
  • If the people standing on the unburned ground had more impact in your life, what might you do differently as an individual?
  • What might we do differently as a small group or as a church?