- Read the headings in Mark 14:53-65.
- Find Nazareth and Galilee on the map.
- Highlight verses 61 and 62 of chapter 14.
- Read Mark 14:53-65.
- Consider the following questions.
What do you imagine was going on with Peter that caused him to follow Jesus, but at a distance? (14:54)
Did Jesus ever claim that he would destroy the Temple as the false witnesses charge? (14:58) What about building another not made with hands? Be sure to read John 2:19-21.
The high priests asks Jesus in verse 61, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?" When Jesus answers, "I am," it is the first and only time in the Gospel of Mark that Jesus explicitly identifies himself. What is the significance of this acknowledgement?
The religious charge of blasphemy (14:64) would be of little significance to the Roman authorities. How is the Jewish charge against Jesus represented to Pontius Pilate? (See 15:2.)
In verse 65, the Jewish leaders mock and beat Jesus. Just as they are telling him to "Prophesy!", what is happening? See verse 72.