"Silence" - Mark 15:1-21

STUDY QUESTIONS

  1. Why do you think the whole Council held a consultation before delivering Jesus to the court of Pilate?
  2. What was the basis of their charge against Jesus before Pilate?  Check out John 19:12 and Luke 23: 2,5,13.
  3. 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.
  4. Why do you think Jesus answered Pilate's question the way He did in verse 2?
  5. Why was Pilate amazed in verse 5?  What was it about Jesus that amazed Him?
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. 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)?
  9. 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.
    1. 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
  10. 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?
Benjamin Steiner