Good Monday morning!   In today's reading we find Jesus beginning his trial before the religious leaders to discover how he was accused and how He responded to accusation.  Check out our website to support a child at camp Wabanna.  Also our Easter gatherings are this Sunday at 7, 9 and 10.45am!

grace + peace, Joey

CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group) 
_ What is one thing you are grateful to God for from the weekend?  What is one thing you are holding onto from the weekend?
_ What is one way you see Jesus working in the lives of those you are walking with, what opportunities will you have to pray, serve or share the love of Jesus with them today or this week?

Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, and pray for conviction in the lives of people who are in need of his grace. 

DISCOVER [ Mark 14.53-65 ] 53 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. 65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
_ Who is Jesus coming before in this passage in vs.53-58?
_ What does the high priest ask Jesus in vs. 60-61? 
_What is Jesus response in vs. 62 and what is he saying that upsets the priest so much?
_ In verse 63 the high priest tears his garments and accuses Jesus of blasphemy which leads to Jesus being spit upon, his face covered ands being hit. 

_ How many times does the word testify or testimony show up in this passage?  What does this word show us about what is happening with Jesus? 
_ What good-news for our condition do we find int his account?

+ HOW does this passage surface or reiterate an area of sin in your life and how is Jesus calling you to take a simple step of obedience today? 

+ WHO in your life are you intentionally walking with that you might share what you learned with today and how can you share this with them today? (e.g., family, friends, co-workers or neighbors you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)