The Ministry to Seafarers (M2S)

Mark 14 Conversation Starter

Thank you for joining us in listening to Mark 14! If you haven't listened to it yet, you can do so here. Access a written copy of Mark 14 in the NLT here.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this passage of scripture. Below are some questions that made us think. Feel free to answer one or all of them! You can also comment with any other questions or thoughts about the chapter.

Discussion Questions

1. Two days before Passover, Jesus ate at the home of a man named Simon, who previously had leprosy. A woman came in the room and broke open a jar of very expensive nard perfume (worth a year's wages!) and poured it on Jesus' head. Some people at the table were upset with her and scolded her—they thought it would have been better if she sold the perfume and gave the money to the poor. Jesus defended her. He said, "She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.” 
- What stands out to you about Jesus in this passage?

-Why do you think some of the people at the dinner were so upset with the woman? Why do you think they might have thought Jesus would agree with them?

-How does this story encourage, convict, or confuse you?

-This woman "did what she could" for Jesus. What can you do for Jesus?

-Who do you identify with (relate to or "see yourself in") in this passage? Why?
2. Jesus knew Judas was going to betray Him, but did not try to stop him.
-Why doesn't Jesus stop Judas from betraying Him? [See verse 21]
3. At Jesus' last Passover meal with His twelve disciples (the "Last Supper"), Jesus broke bread, blessed it, and gave it to His disciples. He said that it was His body. He also gave thanks for a cup of wine and said, "This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many."
-What is your understanding of the significance (or importance) of this meal Jesus had with His disciples for us today? What is your understanding of the meaning of the bread and wine?

-What covenant is Jesus talking about? [See Hebrews 9:11-28]
4. Jesus predicted that His disciples would desert Him—they do desert Him when He is arrested.

Jesus said that Peter would deny Him three times. Peter said he would never deny Jesus...but he did.

When Jesus was praying in Gethsemane, He asked Peter, James, and John to keep watch with Him, but they fell asleep three times. Jesus said to them after the first time they fell asleep, "Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
-What does this chapter teach you about human weakness?

-Tell about a time you had good intentions or made a good commitment, but your "flesh was weak." What did you learn?

-Tell about a time you felt weak, but the Holy Spirit helped you and you were able to do what you did not think you could do.
5. Jesus was fully God and fully man. In the garden of Gethsemane, He told His disciples, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death." He prayed that, if it was possible, He would not have to drink the cup of God's wrath. He prayed to the Father, "Everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."
-Do Jesus' emotions surprise you? Why or why not?

-How does knowing Jesus experienced such deep grief change or deepen your understanding of Him.

-What does this passage show you about Jesus' relationship with His Father?

-When it is hardest to pray, "I want your will do be done, not mine"?
6. When the high priest asked if Jesus was the Messiah, Jesus said, "I AM. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven." When Jesus said this, everyone there said he deserved to die. 
-Some people say that Jesus was a good man or maybe a prophet, but that He never said He was God. How can this passage be used to explain that Jesus DID claim to be God? [See Exodus 3:14]

-Who do you believe Jesus was/is? Why?
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