Going Deeper

Going Deeper: Use the following questions for personal reflection and/or to discuss with family, friends and small group.

March 25th, 2018

  1. What stood out to you from this message? Did anything surprise you?

  2. Imagine being one of the disciples and it finally dawns on you that Jesus is the messiah. How would you feel? Read Daniel 7:13 & 14 to get a sense of what that meant to them.

  3. Now read Isaiah 52:13 – the end of 53. Imagine how the disciples felt after learning that THIS was what Jesus was facing in Jerusalem. How would you feel to learn this?

  4. Imagine what it was like to be in the crowd traveling to Jerusalem with Jesus. You hear him teach and see him heal. You hear the stories of what he’s done. You are singing the ancient Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134) and reflecting on God’s past deliverance. What would it be like to be in that crowd? Read Mark 11:1-10 to see how this journey ends in a fever pitch as they arrive in Jerusalem.

  5. How would you feel if someone came into our lobby, turned over the tables and chairs, jumped up on the information counter and started preaching about how bad Cedarbrook was? (Actually, some of you don’t have to imagine this because you were in a service last year when this happened!). Read Mark 11:15-18.

  6. Now, imagine what it must have been like to be a priest, all your life you’ve learned the rules, the rituals, the sacrifices. Without your realizing it, they’ve become almost equal to God, and then a carpenter turned rabbi has the audacity to speak judgment on the entire Temple system. Can you understand how they might have felt justified in seeking to kill Jesus?

  7. How will this study of Jesus in Mark help you to appreciate Easter a little more this year?

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