Betrayed.

Abandoned.

Humiliated.

Stranded.

Thrown under the bus.

Do you have a few stories of your own that made you feel…drastically alone?

“The sober symphony of Calvary was arranged by these characteristic notes of betrayal.” This was the story leading up to Jesus’ death.

“Our Savior’s murder was not a story just to give us a knee-jerk emotional response, but to show us how carefully and divinely orchestrated a mission of mercy it was.” Imagine how many betrayals Jesus encountered by both friends and enemies, from the garden of Gethsemane to the interior of the governor’s palace?

Yet, he gave no excuses.

“He humbly remained the Passover Lamb and stumbled up a hill to His own slaughter.”

He took the punches, the spit, the ridicule, the bruising, the scourging, the nails…

Yet, “he muted His own omnipotent roar to save us.”

The lash on his back, the thorns on his head, the spit on his cheek, the bruises on his face, the nails in his hands, the spear in his side, the scorn of the rulers, the betrayal of his friend, the desertion by his disciples – these were all the result of sin, and all designed by God to destroy the power of sin. ~ John Piper

Roman crucifixion ranks among the most heartless and inhuman forms of torture and death yet contrived. That such a cruel practice could be transformed into a means of salvation testifies powerfully to God’s grace and mercy for all the world. ~ Lisa Harper

What MERCY!

What GRACE!

As I read this week’s bible study from Lisa Harper’s, The Gospel of Mark, I was somberly and joyfully reminded of the Cross. Jesus’ story of betrayal led to my story of redeeming beauty. Everyday this should be a prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude in our hearts. What an amazing reminder of God’s goodness in our lives. Everyday we have access to eternal life, healing, the promises of God, joy, and so much more because of our Lord’s choice of a sacrificial death and resurrection. Sometimes we have to be reminded to keep the main thing the main thing; It’s. All. About. Jesus.

Let’s take a moment right now to thank God for this beautiful outcome!

We have one more week in this study! Join me for the final week of The Gospel of Mark Bible Study next Thursday morning as we close up with a grand finale and release the topic of the next study. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

The Gospel of Mark Book

Week 6: The Beautiful Outcome of Our Lord’s Betrayal

Scripture References:

  • Mark 14: 32-16:8

Reflective Questions:

  • If someone asked you, “Why did Jesus have to die?” how would you answer that person?
  • When you really ponder the symbol of a cross, do you feel more sorrowful or hopeful?
  • What’s the “Oh wow, surely Jesus is the Son of God” moment in your life?

 

 

20 comments

  1. Goosebumps. From the moment I started reading until I finished. If someone asked me why he had to die… I would say, he didn’t have to, but to save us from ourselves, to redeem this fallen world, he would do anything. Even humble himself to death on a cross. And for that, I owe him everything.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this beautiful reflection on the tragedy and triumph of the cross. Recently, the symbol of the cross has brought me hope, not just because of redemption, but also because it’s a symbol of the Lord’s willingness to assume and identify with our frail mortality.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to read. I’m so thankful for the hope we have in the Cross and to know we have a Savior that understands our every pain, hurt, disappointment, tears, and brokenness. God Bless!

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  3. Thanks for sharing from the study and your thoughts, Nicci. My spirit felt joyful as you said What mercy! What grace! And this, “how carefully and divinely orchestrated a mission of mercy it was.”

    Grateful for that mission of mercy for me!

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  4. The fierce love of God to redeem us at great cost to himself, the betrayal and sacrifice of his own Son to suffer the worse possible form of torturous death, demonstrates love beyond our comprehension. Love that walks toward the threat, that suffers no defensive wounds only wounds absorbed while facing the threat, that relentlessly pursues us, THAT is God’s love. A great reminder of Jesus and how much he loves us!

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  5. It is truly awesome what Jesus faced up to. On a human level amazing. What was achieved is life changing even now. Thank you for reminding me to add more thanks to my own prayers.

    Thank also for the reflective questions – very helpful in keeping my brain and spirit on the topic longer

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  6. The reflective questions at the end are really powerful. I think even “seasoned” Christians need to know how we would answer those because I am not sure we could off the cuff. Jesus tells us to always be ready to give an answer for our faith!

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  7. This is a great read! I love the comment you share about why Jesus died. His murder did indeed orchestrate a way to show us all how to have mercy in the face of betrayal. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Marcie. Thanks for reading! Jesus’ path of humility certainly led to the Father’s will of the Cross. What an act of humble obedience!

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  8. Wow. What a moving post! You really captured the depth of passion that Jesus expended on our behalf. “He muted His own omnipotent roar to save us.” I appreciate the opportunity that you provided here to stop and contemplate this once again. Amazing love! Amazing grace! Amazing Savior! God bless you, Nicci!

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