From The Gospel Project: God’s Story, Part 2.
In this session we see Jesus revealing to His disciples that He was indeed the long-awaited Messiah who would suffer for His people. Though His disciples didn’t understand the idea of a Messiah who suffered, Jesus linked His suffering with His mission. On the night before His death, He spoke of Himself as the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises. The next day, Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem, where He gave up His life and took upon Himself the punishment that we deserve for our rebellion against God. God’s kingdom comes through redemptive suffering.
1) Jesus is the Messiah-King who suffers for His people.
- What kind of misconceptions and misunderstandings about Jesus’ person and work are common in our day? How do the Gospels correct these misconceptions?
- Why is it important not only to understand how other people view Jesus but also to come to our own conclusion about His identity?
- How central is the cross to your understanding of who Jesus is? In what ways is taking up one’s cross connected to following Jesus in His mission?
2) Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb who brings about the new covenant.
- What might be some reasons for the Passover celebration being the time for Jesus’ suffering and death? In what ways was the Passover event a picture pointing forward to Christ?
- What are some differences between the old covenant and the new covenant? Why are the new covenant promises considered better? How might these better promises produce in us joy, peace, and assurance?
3) Jesus is the self-giving King who brings salvation to His people.
- Jesus knew He would suffer the curse of sin. So why did He ask God why He had forsaken Him? What might be the reasons for such a piercing question?
- What do we learn about our salvation from Jesus’ last words on the cross? How can these words strengthen our faith?
- In what ways does Christ’s sacrifice for us compel us to sacrifice our comfort in order to reach others with the good news of forgiveness?