MONTHLY ARCHIVES: June 2010
Fortunately for us, the story of Jesus doesn’t end with His death. He died to save us from our sins, but then He rose again, showing He has power and victory over sin and death!
Read Mark 16:1-8. Read verse 6 aloud.
Jesus had been dead for three days when a few close friends came to the tomb to anoint His body. What were the ladies’ concerns before going to the tomb?
What did the women discover once they got to the tomb?
Whom did the ladies meet at the tomb?
What was the angel’s message? What were they commanded to do?
What are you commanded to do with the message of the resurrected Savior?
The women got quite a big surprise that day at the tomb. They had all watched Jesus die. They saw Him buried. And they saw a big stone rolled in front of Jesus’ tomb. They were shocked when they found the heavy stone had been rolled away; they were even more astonished when the angel told them that Jesus was not dead, but alive. So what does Jesus being alive have to do with you personally?
When Jesus died, He took the world’s sin (including yours) as His own; however, sin did not defeat Him. He conquered sin with His death and resurrection. You can have victory over the bondage of sin only with the truth and power of Christ. The angel commanded the woman to tell others about Jesus’ resurrection because it’s a message of hope. Whom do you need to tell?
This past Monday night’s campwide activity was Night of Chaos. The campers and staff ran around trying to complete different tasks such as giving their counselor a hairdo with shaving cream, dumping a bucket of water on someone, feeding birthday cake to a cabin mate, transferring cotton balls from one bucket to another using only your nose and Vaseline, and much more. It’s such a great activity and the campers and staff love it! Here’s our first Vlog of 2010:
THINK ABOUT A TIME when God changed your life. Maybe it was the moment you accepted Jesus. Maybe it was an experience from Camp this past summer. Or maybe it was something that someone did for you or said that opened your eyes to the truth.
Read Mark 15:33-39. Would you have responded like the soldier in verse 39?
What events surrounded Jesus’ death?
Were these natural occurrences?
Reread verse 39. What was the centurion’s reaction to the events that took place that day?
When did you first say to yourself, “This Man really was God’s Son!”?
How did that realization change your life? Or perhaps you still haven’t had that realization.
What do these verses teach you about Jesus’ love for you?
What does this passage teach you about your access to God?
The importance of Jesus’ death didn’t escape the centurion’s notice. He had watched Jesus die, and His death convinced him that Jesus was the Christ. The centurion suddenly knew that Jesus wasn’t just a common criminal; He was the very Son of God.
Jesus died to free us from sin. He followed the Father’s will to the cross. He broke the barrier of sin and made a way for us to have a relationship with God. That’s what the torn curtain in the temple represents. If you’re a Christian, you’ve recognized that Jesus fixed our Sin problem and you have decided to follow him. And you have a story the world needs to hear!
THINK ABOUT A TIME when you had to stand up for what you knew was right. Maybe it was at a movie theater with some friends or at the lunch table in the school cafeteria or even a time at camp when your counselor wasn’t around. Did it cost you anything? Were you embarrassed? Was it difficult?
Today, you’ll read Mark’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion. Put yourself there in the crowd of bystanders. Listen to the insults; feel the humiliation. Seek to understand just how much you mean to Christ and what He went through to save you.
Read Mark 15:27-32, concentrating on verse 32.
What insults were being thrown at Jesus?
Who was taunting Him?
What were the people asking Jesus to do?
Why do you think Jesus did not come down from the cross even though He could have?
On the day of His crucifixion, Jesus was being made fun of by everyone—passers-by, the chief priests, scribes, and the other men being crucified. It was humiliating. Understand that this is Jesus, God in the flesh, on a cross being mocked and taunted. And remember that Jesus could have gotten down off the cross at any time if he had wanted to, but he chose to stay there. He was punished even though He was innocent.
Why did He have to die, and what does His death mean to you today? Christ died because He loves us. He took on our sin and our punishment so we didn’t have to. He put all things aside and died for you because He loves you. When you think about the cross, understand that it is proof of how much God loves you.
Jesus was obedient to His Father even though the world didn’t understand and treated him poorly. You’re called to follow His example, even when it’s difficult.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ACCUSED of something you didn’t do? Perhaps it was a sibling trying to put blame on you for something he or she did. Or maybe a teacher punished you for something that wasn’t your fault. How did you feel knowing the truth when other people around you didn’t? How did you respond in that situation?
Read Mark 15:6-15 and focus on verses 9 and 10 to see when Jesus was falsely accused.
Who was accusing Jesus?
Concentrating on verses 9 and 10, why was Jesus being accused?
What emotion did the accusers let get in the way of doing the right thing?
What was Jesus’ punishment?
Did He deserve this punishment?
Jesus had done nothing wrong and yet the people were shouting for His death. Notice that the crowds accusing Jesus were being egged on by the chief priests, the religious leaders of that day! These men knew the Scriptures by heart and were devoted by all outward appearances, yet they were shouting for an innocent man to be put to death.
It’s easy for us to judge those people. But put yourself on the side of the accusers. Has there ever been a time when you put your thoughts and feelings first, even to the extent of hurting someone else? Sometimes it’s easy to be led by your emotions instead of reason. With all the competing voices, beliefs, and emotions we face, it’s easy to be swayed from what we know is right. That’s when we should strive to hold onto the truth, no matter what.
Is there a part of the Bible that you know to be true but are ignoring? It’s time to face off with the truth.