The Act of Betrayal: "Let Scripture Be Fulfilled"

Bible Passage: Mark 14:43-52

Summary

An act of betrayal will cause us to fight out of misguided commitment or flee out of fear and shame unless we are seized by the work of Jesus.

Outline

  1. People Change: “A Crowd with Swords and Clubs” (vs. 43-46)
  2. Misguided Commitment: “One Who Stood By” (47-50)
  3. Scared Naked Runner: “A Young Man”(vs. 51-52)

Discussion Questions

Worship by renewing our minds:
  • Where were we looking in God’s Word? Summarize it in your own words.
  • Do you have any questions about certain words, the text, or what was said in the sermon?
  • What do you think God wants us to learn from this section of Scripture? How does it point us to Jesus?
  • What happens in verses 43-46? Who are the different people listed?
  • How does one of “those who stood by” handle the betrayal in verse 47? How does Jesus respond to those who are there to seize Him?
  • Why do you think Mark records the scared naked runner in verses 51-52?
Grow by engaging our hearts with God’s Word:
  • How have you acted in moments of betrayal? Do you retaliate? What are you hoping to accomplish? What are you aiming at?
  • This is how all of us react in the face of betrayal and shame, we either want to stay and fight in our misguided commitment or we want to run in shame. Where are you on this spectrum?
  • Jesus does not return evil with evil, He does not fling mud on the character of those betraying Him. He asks them questions. Is it wrong to ask the person or people that continually
    betray you or have betrayed you questions? What would be an example of an appropriate question?
Serve a hurting world by enlisting our bodies:
  • What is seizing you today? What or who is causing you to want to hurt other people for hurting you or running from where you are out of shame?
  • How would you help someone that is responding to betrayal by fighting or fleeing?
  • What passage of Scripture would you use?
  • How would you point them to Jesus?