remember the cross of christ
On Good Friday it is so important to pause and reflect. It can be easy to fast forward to Easter and a empty grave, but it is vital to stop and remember a cross and an occupied tomb…the death of our Savior, Jesus Christ on our behalf.
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In this session from The Gospel of Mark, Francis Chan reflects on the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. The crucifixion of Jesus, he says, perfectly displays and proves the deep, unconditional love that God has for all of us.
Read Mark 14:32-15:47 (If you don’t have time to read the whole passage, read these excerpts: Mark 14:32–39, Mark 14: 55–65, and Mark 15:33–40.)
Watch Good Friday with Francis Chan (14 minutes) HERE
+DISCUSS or JOURNAL YOUR THOUGHTS
Francis Chan emphasized the deep emotions that Jesus felt. Jesus started by eagerly anticipating dinner with dear friends. Then, in the Garden of Gethsemane, he was “very sorrowful” as he begged the Father for a way out of his suffering. In what way does this reminder of Jesus’s humanity affect the way you think of him? How does it help you understand him better?
Jesus encountered many people during his arrest, trial, and crucifixion who reacted to him in different ways. What were the responses of the religious leaders (Mark 14:43–65, Mark 15:31–32), bystanders (Mark 15:6–15, Mark 15: 29–30), women (Mark 15:40–41), and the Roman centurion (Mark 15:39)? How have you seen some of those responses to Jesus reflected in your own experience of how people respond to Jesus?
Despite Jesus’s repeated prayer that the Father find another way to accomplish his purpose, he still went obediently to the cross. In what way are you inspired by Jesus’s prayer “not my will but yours be done”? Why do you think the cross was necessary to God’s plan to save us from our sins?
Francis said, “The good news of the cross is so much bigger than every other thing in your life.” Why is it true that your response to Jesus’s death is the most important decision you could ever make?
How have you responded to the good news that Jesus died in your place, as a substitute, taking on the penalty of your sin? When did you understand and accept his love for you? Take time for everyone with you to share their stories.
Sometimes contemplating the incredible gift of forgiveness that Jesus offers can overwhelm us. In what ways could Jesus’s grace toward you motivate you in your own relationships this week?
God’s most dramatic and meaningful declaration of love came through Jesus’s selfless sacrifice. Contemplate the suffering and shame he endured on your behalf. Write out a prayer to acknowledge your need for forgiveness and thank God for his gracious plan to reconcile us to himself. If you have young children, retell the crucifixion story in your own words, highlighting God’s love for them. Then, take time to thank him for loving you so completely.
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