Easter: Mark’s Account


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Intersection includes complete resources for teaching both younger and older youth, including learner’s materials, teaching guides, and handouts. The teaching guide is options-based, so teachers can customize sessions to match their favorite approach.

“Easter: Mark’s Account”

Session 1: What implications does Mark’s introduction of Jesus have for me?
More than a reader viewing the story from afar, we must place ourselves in the story. The implied meaning of Mark’s Gospel is that we are like the disciples and other characters in the story who do not always understand who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. Use this session to help your youth realize their place in Mark’s story and consider when they fail to see what should be evident.

Session 2: What did Jesus’ predictions surrounding his own death say about his identity and mission as the Messiah?
When Jesus asks, Who do you say that I am? (8:29) Peter—speaking for all the disciples—responds by identifying him as the Messiah (8:29). In verses 31-38, before offering a characterization of those who would follow him, Jesus clarifies what it truly means to be the Messiah, disproving the popular interpretation of the Law, prophets, and other aspects of religious heritage that led people of his day to misconstrue expectations for God’s Anointed One. In the same way, it is helpful for teenagers to pause occasionally in order to redefine their faith and reflect on what it means to live as Christians.

Session 3: How did Jesus begin the last week of his life? What significance does Palm Sunday hold?
For teenagers, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem is a wonderful introduction into their participation in the Gospel story. It is a time to imagine what roles they play in this story and to examine when in their lives they have stopped short of accomplishing what needed to be done. Because the Palm Sunday text leads so quickly into the suffering and death of Jesus, one is prompted to ask how things turn so quickly, and more specifically, “What would I have done had I been there?”

Session 4: What does Jesus’ death and Resurrection mean to me?
In Mark 15:33-39 Jesus tragically exits the scene only to return with a magnificent encore in 16:1-8. The Resurrection assures teens that their faith does not rest in a dead hero, but in one who is alive and with them now. It is important for youth to understand that good can come from bad, that wrongs can be made right, and that justice ultimately prevails. Use this session to help them realize the extent to which hope is a part of our faith.

Session 5: What are we doing with the good news about Jesus Christ?
The so-called “longer ending” of Mark reveals that many did not accept the truth of the gospel message. In fact, Jesus reprimanded his very own for their lack of faith and stubbornness in believing that he was really alive. This session provides teens opportunities to explore obstacles they may experience in sharing the good news and to brainstorm creative ideas for “taking care of business,” which is exactly what Christ called the disciples to do.

by Dorisanne Cooper, Tom Allen, Alexis Hermann

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