Join us for dinner, fellowship & discussion of our current sermon series or designated topic. All are welcome.
Main Dish & Beverage will be provided.
Please Bring an appetizer or dessert to share.
Tonight’s Location: The Furlong Home, Bellflower (near Artesia Blvd & Palo Verde Ave)
For Directions Contact: Judy 562.544.8365
Tonight’s Discussion Topic: John 19:23-30
Sermon Links: John 19:23-27 & John 19:28-30
1. We have seen as we progress through John’s narrative of Jesus’ passion that more and more OT Scriptures are cited or alluded to. Why is this important to John’s Jewish readers? Relate your explanation to I Cor.1:23.
2. Why do we think that the unnamed sister of Jesus’ mother who stood at the cross was actually John’s mother, Salome, the wife of Zebedee? Can you piece the evidence together to make that case? (Matt.20:20-22; 27:56; Mk.10:35-37; 15:40; Jn.19:26-27)
3. Jesus addressed his mother as “woman” twice in John’s narrative (2:4; 19:26). Although it was a title of respect, Jesus was reminding Mary that she was not to think of herself as his mother and to take her place alongside other followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice how Jesus on two occasions distances himself from Mary and his immediate family (Matt.12:46-50; Lk.11:27-28). How does Jesus’ view of his mother differ from that of the Roman Catholic Church?
4. The point was made that Jesus’ 5th saying, “I thirst”, was in indication that he suffered an aspect of the torment of hell. Reflect on Lk.16:24 (Is more than the torment of fire implied?); Rev.7:16 & 22:1 in view of what Christ has rescued us from and has prepared for us to enjoy throughout the eternal ages.
5. The wonderful word, tetelestai, was Jesus’ 6th word from the cross just before dying. Explain the meaning and implications for time and eternity. What was finished? What was the work the Father gave the Son to accomplish? Read Heb.10:12-14 as a cross reference. The finished work of Jesus Christ is at the heart of the good news. The challenge of evangelism in multi-cultural America is the communication of this truth in terms that people can understand. Share your ideas and experiences.
6. John explains Jesus’ moment of death when he “gave up his spirit.” What does John’s language revealed about the death of Christ? How does Jesus’ death differ from all other deaths? Compare Jn.10:18 with Psa.104:29 (Thx Jim!); 146:4; Lk.12:20. How has John’s passion account changed the way you view Jesus Christ?