Bring the Word
Read Psalms 22:1-31 (you can read the whole psalm or just v. 1 and vs. 6-19)
- Why do you think Jesus, while on the cross, quoted the opening of this psalm?
- What is so significant about this verse that we find parts of it in all 4 of the Gospel accounts?
- Is this Jesus’ first hand account of being on the cross? Why or why not?
- What other Old Testament scriptures can be related to the death of Jesus?
Read John 19:1-16a
- What is significant about the crown of thorns? What parallel does it draw to the Old Testament?
- How does Pilate feel about Jesus?
- Why do you think Pilate is troubled when the Jewish leaders accuse Jesus of claiming to be the Son of God?
- Who is Jesus talking about when he says, “the one who has handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin?”
Read John 19:16b-24
- Why does it matter that the sign stating the charge against Jesus said: “Jesus of Nazereth, The King of the Jews” and not what the chief priest wanted it to say?
- Is there a difference in claiming to be a Christian, and being a Christian?
Bring it Home
Read John 19:28-37
- What was finished?
Read Genesis 22:6-18
- Abraham says: “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Is that fulfilled by the ram?
- In what ways does the death of Jesus fulfill God’s promise to Abraham?
Read Psalms 22:30-31
- Does thinking about this verse as Jesus’ words from the cross give more importance to these last 2 verses? Why or why not?
- How do we serve the Lord?
- Why is it so important that we tell people what the Lord has done?
- How can we pray for you?