Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Journey with Christ to the Cross thru the Resurrection pt. 2 Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Dig Deeper

Last Sunday we followed Christ’s journey from Bethany to Jerusalem to the Upper Room where Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples. Following the Passover meal Jesus begins teaching the disciples in order to prepare them of the trials that lie ahead. This teaching is known as the “Upper Room Discourse” (John 14-16) because Jesus began teaching while they were still in the Upper Room and continued as they journeyed to the Garden of Gethsemane east of Jerusalem near the Mount of Olives (Matthew 26:30 & Luke 22:39).

Read John 14:1-31. How does an increased awareness of the context surrounding this teaching add to your understanding and appreciation of Jesus’ message to His disciples?

 Read Luke’s account of Jesus’ Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane in Luke 22:39-46. Compare Luke’s observations with the portion of Jesus’ prayer as recorded in John 17:1-26. For whom and what does Jesus pray?

John 17:1-2, 5--

John 17:9, 13--

John 17:19--

John 17:20-21--

In Luke’s account of Peter’s denial of Christ he observed that following Peter’s third denial and the crow of the rooster, “The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter.” (Luke 22:61) Why is this significant?

After examining Jesus, Pilate concluded, “I find no basis for a charge against him” (John 18:38, NIV). How was Pilate’s declaration unwittingly a testimony to the Gospel? See 1 Peter 3:18.

Application

The Christian life is not difficult, it’s impossible. It can only be lived as the Christian lives dependently on the Holy Spirit. In the garden after finding the disciples asleep Jesus warned, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38). How specifically is the Holy Spirit leading you to live dependently on Him?

Memorize This


John 17:3 Now this is eternal life; that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. NIV