Happy Friday!  In this classic passage we find Jesus being betrayed by one of his twelve closest friends and a key distinction in how he responds to and how one of his followers acts out.  Look forward to Gathering with you this Sunday- invite friends and family to join in as Resurrection Sunday approaches!

grace + peace, Joey

CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group) 
_ What is one thing you hoping for today?  What is one thing you are in need of God's help with?
_ 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 14.43-52 ] 43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!”and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled. 51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
_ What sign does Judas give to signal who Jesus is?
_ What did one of his disciples do to the high priest in vs. 47?
_ What is significant about Jesus' question in vs. 48-49? 
_ What happens in vs. 50 that Jesus predicted would happen? 
_ Who do you think the young man in vs. 51 could have been? 

_ How would you have responded if you were one of Jesus' followers in this situation? 
_ How does Jesus respond to being arrested?
_ 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)