Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on March 29, 2020
Passage: John 19:28-30
This Sunday, Mike continued our look at the final sayings of Jesus on the cross in our “Final Hours” series. When Jesus cried out “It is finished,” He knew that His life and sacrificial death had accomplished the mission given to Him by His Father. In the message, Mike explained that Jesus: Fulfilled the Scripture, Satisfied the Law, Paid our Penalty, Conquered Sin and Death, and Defeated the Devil. In this study, let’s take a closer look at three of these.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. One of the things Jesus accomplished in His life and on the cross was that He fulfilled over 380 Old Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah. Read through the verses below containing some of these prophecies. Explain how Jesus fulfilled each of these.
Micah 5:2 (NLT2)
2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.
Zechariah 9:9 (ESV)
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Isaiah 53:4-6, 11 (NLT2)
4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. 11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.
Psalm 16:10-11 (NLT2)
10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. 11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
How do these fulfilled prophecies encourage you that God is sovereign and in control especially now that life has brought on such uncertainty?
2. A second thing that Jesus accomplished was that He fulfilled the requirements of the law. Jesus was the only person who ever lived that perfectly obeyed the ten commandments and all the other requirements of the OT law. Do you think Jesus can still relate to us even though are far from perfect? What can you learn from the following passage about Jesus?
Hebrews 4:14-16 (NLT2)
14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Where does the writer say we must go in order to receive help? How do you go to this place? How have you received help at this place most recently?
3. A third thing that Jesus accomplished on the cross was that He paid the penalty for our sins. What does the following verse say about you before you came to faith in Christ? What did His sacrifice do for you?
1 Peter 3:18 (ESV)
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
Since Jesus suffered for our sins, do you think Jesus put an end to all suffering related to our sin? Explain.
4. According to Luke 9:23 (below), what kind of life does Jesus desire for His followers to live?
Luke 9:23 (NLT2)
23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
What will it require of you to “take up your cross daily”?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?