Mark 14:53-65

Talks for Growing Christians

The Lord's Trial

Mark 14:53-65

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Lesson Number 63

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Jesus predicted His resurrection.
  2. Jesus claimed to be God.

Practical Application

  1. At whose fire are you warming yourself?


  1. Who were the Jewish authorities involved in the Lord's trial?
  2. What were the two stages of the Lord's trial? Why were there two stages?
  3. What was the purpose for this unusual night session?
  4. When did the high priest become convinced that they had accomplished their mission?
  5. How did the Lord foretell His resurrection? To what was He referring?
  6. A claim to be the Messiah was also another claim. What was it?
  7. Why did the Jewish authorities want Jesus crucified?


  1. Jesus was tried before Caiaphas (the high priest) and the Sanhedrin (the governing body of the Jews).
  2. The first stage was before the religious authorities, and the second stage was before the political authorities (Pilate and Herod). The religious authorities did not have the power to enforce the death penalty.
  3. To find some cause to take the Lord before the Roman authorities the next day to ask for the death penalty.
  4. When the Lord answered, "I am."
  5. He said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (John 2:19). He was referring to the temple of His body.
  6. That He was also God.
  7. Because Jesus claimed to be God.


  1. Skeptics have a problem accepting Jesus' claim to be God. Are you sufficiently versed in apologetics to defend the claim of Jesus to be the Messiah?
  2. Why is it impossible for the skeptics to confirm their denial?


  1. Compare Mark 14:54 and John 21:9. Label these two fires. Can you identify as a participant in either or both of these fires?

Key Verses

  • "Are You the Christ?' 'I am." (Mark 14:61-62) "Peter followed Him at a distance...and warmed himself at the fire." (Mark 14:54)

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