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The Death of the King (Mark 15:25-39) // Week 11

Published for Week 11, Semester 2, 2020

Scripture: Mark 15:25-39

Speaker: Rowan Kemp

Series: Beyond Opinion: The Truth of Jesus


This week, we continue with the series Beyond Opinion: The Truth of Jesus.

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The apostle Paul said of the cross of Jesus,

‘Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.’ (1 Corinthians 1.22-24).

  • Why does the message about Jesus’ death seem foolish?

  • How else is the message about Jesus’ death regarded in our culture?

  • How does the cross represent the power and wisdom of God?

Who in your life would you like to ‘see’ the cross of Jesus for what it really is? Pray for them together.

Bible Reading

25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS.

27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. [28]  29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”

36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”


Friendly tip: Feel free to use/modify this prayer or write your own if you feel compelled to do so. Feel free to also pray for your faculty or other prayer points you may have.

  • Praise God that Jesus has paid our debt by dying on the cross.

  • Pray for your faculty community, especially those who are sick or struggling.

  • Pray for our country, especially for those who lead and govern.

  • Pray for our world, especially those who haven't heard the good news of Jesus.


Pray for a less-reached or less-resourced people group such as the deaf community of Nigeria:

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