Sunday service // March 22

MARK 15:1-15

And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

ways to respond

Here are a few ways you can respond to God's Word

Discussion

  • Why did the Jews need to appeal to Rome for Jesus' trial?
  • Why did Pilate comply to the Jews demands?
  • What was Barrabas accused of?
  • What does this story teach us about God's Sovereignty?
  • How are we like Barrabas?
  • How does this story give us hope in the gospel?

Prayer

  • Pray for those across the world who are living in the affects of COVID-19. 
  • Pray for nurses, doctors, medical workers, and hospitals as the treat those who are sick.
  • Pray for the vulnerable, that they would be spared from the coronavirus. 
  • Pray for us to live free with overwhelming gratitude. 
  • Pray that God's people (locally and globally) would be faithful through this season of difficulty.

Worship

  • How did the words of the songs speak to you today? 
  • How did the songs relate to this story in Mark 15?

Reflection Questions

  • How has God used a difficult, or seemingly unfair circumstance for something good in your life?
  • How has a better understanding of God's Sovereignty allowed you to have peace during trials?
  • How does the story of Barrabass cause you to see the grace of God in your own life? Do you tend to think you are not as bad, and miss opportunities to see God's grace in your life? Or do you tend to think you are too bad and undeserving of God's grace?