The King and His Cross

Series: The Servant King

The King and His Cross

November 15, 2020 | Sam Shaw
Mark 15:1-32

The cross, is the most recognized symbol in the world. It is roughly analogous to an electric chair. How strange is it that a cross became the symbol of Christianity? Join us as Co-Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through Mark 15:1-32, and sheds light on the King and His cross.

Discussion Questions

Here are some questions that we hope you'll take a few minutes to think through and answer.

  • Mark’s first readers were experiencing persecution and facing trials at the hands of the Roman authorities. How could Mark’s account of Jesus’ trial, mockery and death be a source of encouragement to them? How does it help you face opposition for your faith?
  • What makes people do things in a crowd that they might never agree to do in the cold light of day? Have you ever found yourself carried away by the views of others around you?
  • How does the silence of Jesus (v. 5) actually speak volumes?
  • How do you understand Jesus’ cry of abandonment (Mark 15:34)?
  • Which situations in your life right now are addressed by this passage, either directly or indirectly?
  • What truth from this passage do you need to share with someone this week? Who is the person, what is the truth, and when/how will you share it? Pray for this step of obedience?

Series Information

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” (Mark 10:45, ESV)
Mark does not read like dull history. It is a fast-paced narrative that will startle you by how abrupt it can be and leave you out of breath while you try to keep up with the narrative. Jesus entered into this broken world to be The Servant King and this startling reality changed everything forever. Mark presents Jesus' life and ministry in two acts (chapters 1-8 and 9-16), exploding right out of the gate with words that would be unmistakable for a Jewish audience. He provides specific events in rapid-fire succession to show that Jesus is the Servant King who served, suffered, died and rose again conquering sin and death. He alone saves those who will repent and believe. Jesus is not some historical figure, he is a living person who rescues people who will reorient their lives around his Gospel and it is clear that an immediate response to Jesus is required. So let's start at the beginning...

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