Greetings! Below you will find questions which reference the sermon preached on Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at The Park. This week we studied Chapter 19. Have someone in your group read this section of scripture.
Each week new questions are posted to track along with the sermons. Work hard to facilitate discussion. Listen to the hearts around the room and close with prayer.
Intro to Gospel of John:
This Gospel is unique with regard to the 4 first-hand accounts of the life of Jesus. It was likely the last of the 4 written and focuses much of it’s view on the deity of Jesus. Like today, the question of Jesus’ nature and source of power is constantly being debated and the heart of John’s gospel is to give us a clear, concise, unashamed view of the Son of God. It is here in John that Jesus makes claims like, “I am the Bread of Life”, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, and “I am the Light of the world”. Reading the Gospel of John will provide you with an exalted view of Jesus as God in the flesh, sent to proclaim the good news.
- We know from Chapter 18 that Pilate found no guilt in Jesus. We go on to see in Chapter 19 that he seeks to release Jesus (verse 12). How do you reconcile the obvious conflict happening in the heart of Pilate?
- Pilate was attempting to balance the desire of an angry mob with his desire to keep his job. What kind of pressure would this correlate to you in your daily life? Do you bow to the desires of others?
- Why was the inscription “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” written in 3 languages above Jesus? What Jewish holiday/observance was happening at the time?
- How many Old Testament prophesies about the Messiah do we see fulfilled in this chapter? How does this encourage you in your faith today?
- Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus came for the body of Jesus after he was crucified. Both of these men were members of the Sanhedrin. What does it say to us that they came for his body to take care of Jesus?
- Read 1 Peter 2:9 and Colossians 1:13-14