Year of the Bible – Mark 14

Epiphany - Mark 14




“I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.” – Mark 14:27b

Mark 14:27-31

We want to confess Christ. After all, what a wonderful Lord He is. What a great man! He did nothing but good. He healed and comforted, fed and pardoned, preached and encouraged. He fought for truth and justice and mercy. But men hated Him. Immediately after the Lord’s Supper, after singing a hymn with His disciples, Jesus brought His disciples to the Mount of Olives. This was a beautiful garden area, full of trees, filled with cool, sweet smelling air – but what Jesus had to tell His disciples was not very sweet. They were going to betray Jesus – run away from Him. Peter, who always thought that he could do greater things than the others, protested. What he heard was frightening! He would deny Jesus three times! Later, when Peter remembered these words, he broke down and wept. This is what we call the “Theology of the Cross.” When we think we are strong, we are weak. But what we see as weakness, especially Jesus’ weakness and suffering, is far stronger than it appears.

Questions – Mark 14

  1. What good things did Jesus do for people that would make us want to praise Him before men?
  2. What startling news did Jesus have for His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane?
  3. What was Peter’s lesson about strength and weakness?
Year of the Bible – Epiphany Week Two | Friday | Mark 14 – © John W. Fiene