Bring the Word
Read Matthew 28:8-15
- Why would the chief priest need to keep the soldiers “out of trouble” with the governor? Why would they offer them a large sum of money?
- Do you think the chief priest believed the soldiers? Why or why not?
- What reaction might you expect from someone hearing this report from the soldiers?
- How did the priest and elders perceive Jesus? How do you think this affected their reaction?
Read Luke 24:13-35
- Who told the two about the resurrection of Jesus?
- What’s the irony in Cleopas’ initial response?
- Before Jesus’ interaction with them, do you think they believed Jesus had been resurrected? Why or why not?
- In what ways does their perception of Jesus differ from the priest and elders?
- Who initiates this meeting and conversation?
- What is it that makes them believe in Jesus’ resurrection?
- Who did they tell?
Read Luke 24:36-43
- Why were they troubled and having doubts?
- Does being troubled or having doubts equal disbelief? Why or why not?
- What do we learn about Jesus’ body in this scripture?
Bring it Home
Read John 20:24-31
- Who tells Thomas about Jesus’ resurrection?
- Just like all the others what does it take for Thomas to believe Christ is resurrected?
- What do these examples illustrate about the process of someone’s salvation/belief in Jesus?
- Is it more effective to pray for someone’s salvation or tell them about the Gospel?
- What does Jesus mean when he says “blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed?”
- How can we pray for you?