Forsaken – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric continues the series “The Gospel of Mark: Servanthood and Sacrifice in a Selfie World” with a message titled ‘Forsaken’ based on Mark 15:21-47.

1. ____________ did ‘forsaken’ mean to Jesus at the Cross?
2. ____________ forsook Jesus at the Cross?
3. ____________ was Jesus forsaken at the Cross?
4. ____________ did Jesus endure being forsaken at the Cross?

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1. Why was Simon of Cyrene compelled to carry Jesus’ cross on the way to Golgotha [Mark 15:21]? What does this tell you about Jesus’ suffering to that point [cf. Isaiah 52:14-53:5; Matthew 27:26; and John 19:1]?
2. Reflect on the taunts of the passersby in Mark 15:29-30. What would have been the consequences if Jesus had had enough of the suffering and saved Himself [cf. Mark 10:45; Luke 24:26; and Philippians 2:8]?
3. Why did Jesus disregard the challenge to miraculously come down from the cross in the sight of all the religious leaders [Mark 15:31-32]? Also, consult Psalm 42:9-11; Luke 16:29-31; and Hebrews 2:9-10.
4. What or who tore the curtain of the temple, and why was it torn [Mark 15:38]? Also, consider Romans 5:2; Ephesians 2:11-22; and Hebrews 10:19-22.
5. It is possible that the centurion of Mark 15:29 was part of the battalion that mocked and beat Jesus [Mark 15:16-20], forcibly conscripted Simon to carry the cross, helped crucify Jesus, and participated in dividing up His clothes. What had this Roman soldier witnessed that prompted him to utter his confession, “Truly this man was the Son of God” [cf. Matthew 16:16; John 1:32-34; and John 20:28]?
6. What do you learn about Joseph of Arimathea from Mark 15:43? What do his actions in verses 43-46 reveal about his faith [cf. John 19:38-42; 1 Corinthians 15:9; and Philippians 3:4-11]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“No pain, no palm;
no thorns, no throne; no gall,
no glory; no cross, no crown.”
William Penn