Lesson 10

Jesus Wins

(Mark 14, 15 & John 20)
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Introduction: The ultimate battle in the great controversy between Jesus and Satan took place during the time frame when Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected. With His life, death and resurrection, Jesus won the battle over sin. The question is whether we will join the winning side. Let's plunge into our study of Jesus' sacrifice for us which allowed us to accept His the victory over death!

  1. The Watch

    1. Read Mark 14:32-35. We pick up the story during the last hours of Jesus' life. What is Jesus' mental state? (He is very sad and very troubled.)

      1. Why?

      2. How do you feel after you sin? (You feel badly about it. 1 Peter 2:24 says that Jesus "bore our sins in His body" when He was crucified. I believe the weight of our sins was making Him sad and troubled.)

      3. Jesus tells Peter, James and John to "keep watch." For what were they watching? (Jesus wanted them to be alert. No doubt part of their "watch" was to look out for the mob to come.)

    2. Notice Mark 14:35 again. Jesus asks that "the hour might pass from Him." For what is Jesus asking? (Jesus was going through tremendous mental distress and He was about to go through tremendous physical pain. He wanted to avoid it.)

      1. In the great controversy between good and evil, what do you think was Satan's reaction to verse 35? (Satan hoped that Jesus would abort this mission. He hoped Jesus would turn away from the sacrifice for us.)

    3. Read Mark 14:36. Is Jesus saying that He does not need to die and that God could figure out a different way to do this? ( Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was tempted in "every way, just as we are." This text proves it. Jesus, like us, knows that God can fix anything. Jesus, like us, does not want to experience the painful, terrible things of life.)

      1. Was it true that God could figure out another way? (Any other way would leave us forever dead.)

      2. What is the most important part of Jesus' prayer for us to incorporate into our prayers? (Jesus says "not what I will, but what you will." You can see that the weight of sin, and Jesus' humanity, has caused Him to naturally shrink from what is coming. He wants to avoid "the hour," but He puts the matter in the hands of His Father.)

      3. Have you ever been disappointed in God that He did not fix some sort of problem in your life? Have you ever thought that you should just claim the right to some miracle? (Jesus did not "deserve" to suffer like this. It was most unfair. We need to learn the lesson that we are not the judge of what is "fair" in our life. We need to simply place our trust in the judgment of God who knows the end from the beginning.)

    4. Read Mark 14:37-38. How do you think Jesus felt about the disciples sleeping?

      1. Remember I asked you earlier about what the disciples were supposed to be watching. What do these verses suggest? (Jesus is looking for support in this trying time and the disciples are sleeping. Because Jesus knows that a tremendous test is about to come to them, He tells them to be alert to what is about to happen ("watch") and to pray.)

    5. Read Mark 14:39-42. What is it that Jesus is praying again? (It must be the same prayer He prayed in v.36.)

      1. Have you prayed several times for something and God told you "No."

        1. If that has happened to you, how did you feel? (Consider now what is happening here. Jesus is not going to have the cup taken away, His disciples are not giving Him moral support. Jesus is facing Satan and His furies without any help from His closest associates.)

  2. The Cross

    1. The mob has now come and arrested Jesus. Jesus is on trial before Pilate. Read Mark 15:14-15. What is the answer to Pilate's question about whether Jesus committed any crime? (Evidence and logic showed He had not committed any crime. Judas, who had Jesus arrested, said Jesus was innocent ( Matthew 27:4). Pilate's wife sent a note to him that Jesus was innocent ( Matthew 27:19). Pilate himself disclaimed responsibility for Jesus' death (Matthew 27:24).

      1. How did the crowd answer Pilate's question "What crime has He committed?" Did they present evidence? Give a legal theory? (No. Mark 15:14 tells us they simply turned up the volume.)

        1. For whom was Jesus dying? (The people who were yelling.)

        2. Jesus had already prayed that this hour would pass from Him. How would you feel now if you were Jesus? (The people who you have come to save are calling for your death without reason or justification.)

      1. What argument convinced Pilate to let Jesus be whipped and crucified? ("Wanting to satisfy the crowd" - pure weakness in the face of unreasoning pressure.)

    1. Read Mark 15:16-20. How do you feel about being embarrassed? Shamed? Being the butt of jokes and ridicule?

      1. Think back to the last time that someone, who was not your friend, deliberately embarrassed you. How did you feel? What emotions came to the surface?

      2. What is your response if you have the opportunity to "get back" at those who make fun of you?

      3. Was Jesus (v.18) the King of the Jews?

        1. What would you have said or done if you had been Jesus?

      4. In the controversy between good and evil, what tools does Satan use to win his points? (These verses are examples of the comparison between Jesus and Satan. Satan's tools are mob pressure, lies, raised voices, ridicule and physical violence. Notice in a debate which side uses those tools.)

    2. Read Mark 15:24-37. Is the statement in v.31 true?

      1. As you look at these verses, remember that this is Satan's last, great, opportunity to cause Jesus to sin. What temptations does he use?

      2. Notice particularly verse 34. Had God forsaken Jesus? (As we will see below, God had not forsaken His Son.)

        1. Remember the verses ( Mark 14:37-40)we read a little bit ago about Jesus asking His disciples to watch and pray. They did not come through for Jesus. Mark 14:50 tells us that when Jesus was arrested "everyone deserted Him and fled." Have you ever felt that you were alone against your problems?

        2. Did Jesus have reason to believe His Father had forsaken Him? Why do you think Jesus said this?(Remember the sacrificial system of the Old Testament? That system was a "prophecy" of Jesus' coming sacrifice for us. Jesus was bearing our sins and the weight of that sin caused Him to believe a holy God had forsaken Him. See John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:7)

        3. What impact do your sins have on your ability to see that God is working in your life?

      3. As you review these verses, what kind of a being is Satan? Since Satan is the inspiration behind all that was done to Jesus, what do you think about being on Satan's side in the conflict between good and evil? What do you think Satan has in mind for you?

      1. Friend, if you honestly examine your life, whose side are you on? When you consider what your sins have done to Jesus, what direction do you want your life to take in the future?

  1. The Resurrection

    1. Read John 20:1-2. Who did Mary think "they" were who had taken Jesus?(Mary had seen Jesus take so much abuse she probably thought this was the latest outrage - the Romans or Jewish leaders had stolen His body.)

      1. Was it the goal of the Romans and Jewish leaders to further abuse Jesus after His death? (No. Read Matthew 27:62-66. The goal of the government and the Jewish leaders was to make sure no one took Jesus' body.)

    2. What had happened to Jesus? Where had He gone? (Read John 20:11-17. God had not forsaken Jesus. He had raised Him to life. Jesus was about to go on His way back to heaven.)

    3. Read John 20:9. What does this say about the possibility of conspiracies to make it look like Jesus rose from the dead when He actually did not?

      1. What does this suggest about the mental state of Jesus' disciples? (The disciples could hardly have engaged in a conspiracy to fake a resurrection since they did not even understand that Jesus would be raised from the tomb. This was a very bitter end to their great hopes about Jesus ruling the nation. Stealing Jesus' body was the last thing they had on their mind.)

      2. What warning is there in this about your understanding of the future? (Friend, I get so concerned about people who claim to know exactly how prophecy will be fulfilled. We need to studying the Word and be alert, rather than arrogant about our present understanding.)

    4. Read John 20:19-22. What is our role in light of Jesus' resurrection? What attitude should we have?

    5. Friend, would you have gone through what Jesus did for people who abandoned, physically abused and mocked you? Jesus has an unbelievable love for us. He knows what it means to feel alone and unwanted. He will be with you in your difficult times when you feel alone. But most important, Jesus has overcome death. If you accept His hard-won victory over sin and death, you can live with Him forever. Will you repent and join Jesus' side in the great controversy between good and evil?

  2. Next Week: The War Within

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