Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on March 22, 2020
Passage: John 19:28-29
This Sunday, Mike continued our look at the final sayings of Jesus on the cross in our “Final Hours” series. When Jesus cried, “I’m thirsty,” it revealed three things about Jesus. We learned something theologically, prophetically, and personally about our Savior. Is there anything from the sermon that especially challenged you, confused you, or stood out to you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What is your favorite beverage when you are thirsty (non-alcoholic)?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Jesus’ thirst was another sign of Jesus’ humanity. He was fully human in addition to being fully God. Jesus became like us in every respect — human body, heart, mind, and will — except for sin. Jesus took a human body to save our bodies. And he took a human mind to save our minds. Without becoming man in his emotions, he could not have rescued our hearts. And without taking a human will, he could not save our broken and wandering wills. In the words of Gregory of Nazianzus, “That which he has not assumed he has not healed.” He became man in full, so that he might save us in full. What do the following verses tell us about Jesus’ experience as a human? How did His experience as a human help Him fulfill His role as our great high priest?
Hebrews 2:17 (ESV)
Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV)
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. 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 weakness do you want Jesus to help you with today?
2. Jesus fulfilled Scripture, most likely Psalm 69:21, when he cried out, “I am thirsty.” In fact, Jesus fulfilled over 300 OT prophecies about the promised Messiah in his life, death, and resurrection. Even in the darkest of valleys, Jesus wanted to send out a beacon of hope to us. In that dire moment, He did not want you to doubt His identity. What did the following individuals do right when it came to handling their doubts? How did Jesus respond to each?
Mark 9:23-25 (ESV)
23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
John 20:24-28 (ESV)
24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
Luke 7:18-23 (ESV)
18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, 19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 20 And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” 21 In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight. 22 And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. 23 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
in what area of your life do you currently need Jesus to bolster your faith?
3. Jesus’ thirst on the cross was one more sign of the sacrificial love that Jesus demonstrated for us. What do the following verses tell us about the depth of Jesus’ love for you?
Romans 5:5-8 (ESV)
5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 3:1-3 (ESV)
1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV)
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
What amazes you about God’s love for you in Christ? How does His love motivate you toward faithful living?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?