Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on March 8, 2020
Passage: John 19:25-27
This Sunday, Mike continued our look at the final sayings of Jesus on the cross in our “Final Hours” series by taking a closer look at the words that Jesus spoke to His mom and His best friend John. Is there anything from the sermon that especially challenged you, confused you, or stood out to you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Can you think of a time when someone close to you sacrificed their time or resources in order to show you love? How did that display of sacrificial love impact you?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. As the oldest son, Jesus honored his mother and obeyed the commandment to “Honor your father and your mother (Exodus 20:12)” by taking care of her needs as a widow. Sometimes our parents misunderstand us or disapprove of decisions we make. Despite being misunderstood by his family and even his mother, Jesus still showed love for His family. How do you think Jesus felt in each of the following situations regarding His family?
John 2:1-11 (ESV)
1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
Mark 3:21, 31-35 (ESV)
21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.” … 31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
John 7:5 (ESV)
5 For not even his brothers believed in him.
Despite the way His family viewed Him during His earthly ministry, Jesus still showed amazing love to His mom on this day. Have you ever found it difficult to show love toward a family member who had mistreated you in some way? What is the condition of that relationship today?
Are there any steps you need to take in order to make things right and show Christ’s love to them?
2. While Jesus was suffering on the cross, He did something amazing. He looked through the pain and blood and noticed His mom and her needs as a widow. That’s what love does. It pays attention. Look below at a few other times in Jesus’ ministry where He noticed someone in need and ministered to them personally even though the crowds were demanding His attention. What can you learn from Jesus about how to see people in your daily routine?
Luke 19:2-5 (ESV)
2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”
Luke 8:43-48 (ESV)
43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
Mark 7:31-37 (ESV)
31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
What are some excuses we commonly make for not going out of our way to pay special attention to individuals in need, including those closest to us?
Are there any habits you need to change in order to love the way that Jesus loved these individuals?
3. What does Jesus’ display of love from the cross toward His mother tell you about the way that Jesus sees you in your time of need? What are the different kinds of needs found in the verses below that God wants to help you with?
1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
James 1:2-5 (ESV)
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV)
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
What can these passages teach you about Jesus’ heart to help meet your needs, big and small?
What is the biggest need in your life right now that you want God to meet?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?