"Silence" - Mark 15:1-21
- Why do you think the whole Council held a consultation before delivering Jesus to the court of Pilate?
- What was the basis of their charge against Jesus before Pilate? Check out John 19:12 and Luke 23: 2,5,13.
- How did this charge differ from the one they found Jesus guilty of before the Council (Sanhedrin)? Why? Review Mark 14: 53 – 65; John 19: 7.
- Why do you think Jesus answered Pilate's question the way He did in verse 2?
- Why was Pilate amazed in verse 5? What was it about Jesus that amazed Him?
- What did Pilate know about the religious leaders and the reason for the charges they had brought against Jesus? What was Pilate's assessment concerning their charges?
- Why did Pilate finally agree to sentence Jesus to death even though he did not believe he was guilty of the charges? What does this tell you about Pilate?
- How does the account here agree with, and help us more fully appreciate what Isaiah prophesied about Messiah and He would do for us (Isaiah 53)?
- Why do you think the soldiers treated Jesus with such great cruelty and brutality? Again, compare this scene with what we find in Isaiah 53.
- In my sermon I pointed out four things I believe Jesus silence proclaimed. Please discuss for yourselves in what way Jesus "silence" demonstrated not only His submission to the will of the Father, but also the fact that:
- There was nothing left to be said. Was there something Jesus left unsaid?
- There was nothing left to do. What was still to be done but not in this courtroom?
- Did Jesus leave anything undone? To be completed by others? (Matt. 28:18 – 20)
- There was nothing left to prove. What would the final proof be?
- There was nothing left to improve. Why is this important to each of us? Eph. 2:8,9
- What have you learned from this passage and in what way are you going to take what you have learned and apply it to your life?