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Asst. Pastor Timothy Yeo - 25 March 2018

Why is Good Friday Good?

WHY IS GOOD FRIDAY GOOD?

Mark 14:53-15:15

"Good" is often defined in terms of pleasure, comfort and success. Not so in God's dictionary, if we study the happenings on Good Friday more than 2000 years ago. How much do we know about the Good Friday that we celebrate, and what significance does it have on our lives today?

Discussion Guide

1) Jesus was unfairly accused (v14:53-65)

The Jewish religious authorities subjected Jesus to an unfair trial and accused Him of blasphemy when He revealed His identity as the Son of Man. They rejected Jesus as the Messiah because He did not fit their idea of a victorious and powerful saviour.

What were some assumptions we had of Jesus before we came to know Him? How has our understanding of Jesus changed since then? What we think about Jesus and how we respond to what we know affects our destiny for eternity. Why is it important that we have the right understanding of who Jesus is? How can we ensure that what we think about Jesus is aligned with who He has revealed Himself to be in the Bible?

Many non-Christians have questions about Jesus. They may have rejected Him without carefully considering the facts surrounding His existence. How can we as Christians help them to see who Jesus is? What is the attitude we should have in our interaction with them? Mark 14:53-65 shows that even the religious could reject Jesus. The religious know that there is more to life than what appears now, and they are sincerely seeking a greater purpose and higher being. Are there such individuals in your life? How can you persuade them to consider Jesus?

2) Jesus was abandoned (v14:66-72)

Peter was confident that he would always follow Jesus. But when he was scared and felt threatened, he quickly abandoned Him. Peter chose to save his own skin/face instead of staying faithful to Jesus. Even today, the temptation to walk out on Jesus is real.

There will be times when it becomes inconvenient and costly to choose Jesus over our desires, comfort and other commitments. Have you experienced such moments? How did you respond? What went through your mind? What did you learn about Jesus and yourself through such situations? Think ahead – what is one thing that may tempt you to waver in your commitment to Jesus (peer pressure, money, desire for companionship etc)? How can you strengthen your faith now so that you can stand firm when you are tempted to choose another over Jesus?

Peter regretted and repented of his betrayal of Jesus. He was restored by Jesus, and became a leader of the early church. Eventually, he died a martyr. If a believer has once abandoned Jesus and want to return to Him, they can. God is gracious and forgives them. They just have to repent and re-dedicate their life to God. Re-dedication is not a once-off decision but a process that takes time and effort. How can the Life Group support believers on their journey to restore their commitment to God and rebuild their life?

3) Jesus was ignored (v15:1-15)

Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent and unjustly treated. Yet he succumbed to political pressure and sentenced Jesus to crucifixion. Pilate ignored Jesus’ plight. He cast Jesus aside for political gains.

How important is Jesus to you? Do His views and promises matter to you? We know how much we value Jesus by evaluating our decisions. Are our priorities aligned with Jesus’? How kingdom-minded are we in our choices? Share an instance where you made a decision with the Gospel in mind.

The crowd was so blinded by their desire to kill Jesus that they were willing to release a notorious murderer at His expense. Sometimes our foolish desires can lead to disastrous results. What are some common desires that may blind and entice believers to ignore Jesus? How can the Life Group encourage one another to value Jesus more?



Reflection Questions

1) Jesus was unfairly accused (v14:53-65)

The Jewish religious authorities rejected Jesus as the Messiah because He did not fit their idea of a victorious and powerful saviour. Why is it important that we have the right understanding of who Jesus is? How can we ensure that what we think about Jesus is aligned with who He has revealed Himself to be in the Bible?

2) Jesus was abandoned (v14:66-72)

Peter chose to save his own skin/face instead of staying faithful to Jesus. Even today, the temptation to walk out on Jesus is real. What is one thing that may tempt you to waver in your commitment to Jesus (peer pressure, money, desire for companionship etc)? How can you strengthen your faith now so that you can stand firm when you are tempted to choose another over Jesus?

3) Jesus was ignored (v15:1-15)

Pilate ignored Jesus’ plight, casting Jesus aside for political gains. What are some common desires that may blind and entice believers to ignore Jesus? How can the Life Group encourage one another to value Jesus more?

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