Book of Mark

I’m Iron, You’re Iron—Soliciting your thoughts on Mark 14:53-65 (#BibleStudy)

Pray

Open my eyes that I may see and behold wondrous things in your law.

Read

Today’s text is a bit longer than usual. I will write two separate reflections on this passage, but wanted to share it in its entirety so you can spend some time meditating on it before I share my own thoughts. So read Mark 14:53-65.

And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But he remained silent and made no answer.Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Manseated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows. (Mark 14:53-65, ESV)

Reflect

I’m changing it up a bit today on you. Rather than sharing my own thoughts today, I would love to hear some of your reflections on this passage. Having spent some time already meditating on these verses, I plan to share two different reflections in the next couple of days—one on verses 53-59, and the second on verses 60-65.

But as Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (ESV) I would love to have my own perspective sharpened on this passage by hearing your thoughts.

Please share in the comments below, via email, or even via Twitter. As you read this passage, what words or phrases are especially striking?

What concepts occur to you as you read?

How does this passage help you know God better?

How do these verses inform how you’re going to live today?

I will refer to your comments in tomorrow’s post, adding them to my own thoughts. Together, let’s explore what this passage has to say to us.

Apply

Today’s application is to read and share your feedback. I look forward to learning from you!

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4 thoughts on “I’m Iron, You’re Iron—Soliciting your thoughts on Mark 14:53-65 (#BibleStudy)

  1. I began to think about how Peter and the other apostles saw Jesus perform so many amazing miracles and wonders, and yet when it came time, Peter “followed at a distance” and the other apostles aren’t even mentioned as being around. So often, we think that if Jesus would just do a miracle in our life or show others something miraculous, we would have greater faith and really follow Him. But it isn’t until after Jesus died and resurrected that Peter and the apostles are truly able to give their lives to following Him. Knowing the power of Christ’s resurrection and having the Holy Spirit is the key to really being able to live for Christ. Without that, even the best of us are simply following at a distance, trying to blend in with the non-believers, and finding temporary relief as we warm our hands by the fire.

  2. Great idea, Christy! I’m once again really struck that Jesus finds himself in a *religious* court not a secular court of law. These are the religious leaders of his day, not the pagans or Romans. And yet they lie and bear false witness, and it’s a kangaroo court. How and when did the religious leaders begin to “miss the forest from the trees”? What a serious reminder to not miss Jesus in the midst of our worship.

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