On Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Wildwood Community Church in Norman, Oklahoma, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16. This message was part 1 in the “Defeating Death” sermon series. Below are a set of questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.
- Read Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16
- Why do you think the Bible is so focused on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? What is so important about these events that 25-50% of the chapters in each Gospel focuses attention on the last week of Jesus’ earthly life?
- Based on the passages discussed this morning, and your understanding of the Bible in general, why did Jesus have to die?
- Jesus KNEW the cross was coming (26:2), and yet He willingly kept the course. What does this tell you about how Jesus feels about you and me?
- Judas Iscariot made a terrible trade . . . exchanging relationship with Jesus and eternal life for 30 pieces of silver. We can clearly see his folly, but we often miss similar “bad trades” in our own lives. As Charles Spurgeon says, “The amount agreed upon, thirty pieces of silver, was the price of a slave; and showed how little value the chief priests set upon Jesus, and also revealed the greed of Judas in selling his master for so small a sum. Yet many have sold Jesus for a less price than Judas received; a smile or a sneer has been sufficient to induce them to betray their Lord.” Where are you tempted to make “bad trades” for your relationship with Jesus for something far less? What can you do to continue to value Him most in your life?
- What is one particular application you took away from this passage/message?
To access these questions in pdf format, click here.
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