Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Jesus died for our sins, in the midst of evil people. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live like we appreciate what Jesus did for us.
Read Mark 15:6-15
I. Exchanged for a Rebel.
- Stirred up to do evil. Notice in vss. 9-14 that the people were stirred up to do evil. Let’s avoid being stirred up for evil or stirring others up for evil.
- Spiritual courage. Notice in vs. 15 that Pilate did not have enough courage to save Jesus. Let’s work on having the spiritual courage to stand for what is right.
Read Mark 15:25-26
II. Enthroned on a Cross.
- Suffering. Notice in vss. 25-26 that as holy as Jesus was, it was the Father’s will for Him to die on the cross. In like manner, you can do everything that God is calling you to do, and suffering may still be in God’s plan for your life. Let’s make sure that we have enough faith to suffer within God’s will.
Read Mark 15:33-39
III. Suffering in Affirmation.
- From lament to confidence. Notice in vs. 34 that Jesus talks about “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me”? Let’s find comfort in the word of God, especially in our times of trouble.
- Ignorant and mean. Notice in vss. 35-36 that the people were ignorant and mean. Let’s work on studying and obeying God’s word, which commands us to love.
- Access. Notice in vs. 38 that the curtain is torn from the top to the bottom. Let’s live like we are thankful for access to the Father through the ministry of the Son.
- Suffering the right way. Notice in vs. 39 that after Jesus died, the centurion mentions that He was the Son of God. Let’s work on suffering well and appreciating God’s will right now.
Conclusion: Let’s work on living like we appreciate what Jesus did for us. God has much for those who obey His will.