Dying for the People
Review your answer to question four from last week. Why does Jesus
make the comment, i.e. pose the question, he does to Martha in verse 40?
When did he ever state this to her before? How do you connect the two
encounters together logically?
Jesus' prayer in verse 41b-42 is a powerful one. In order to getting a
clearer picture of what Jesus is saying, rephrase the prayer in your own
words while paying specific attention to the verb tenses. Ad lib
as required to draw out the meaning. You may wish to look at a couple
of other translations or paraphrases to assist.
After such an incredible miracle, it is almost "unbelievable"
that "many" and not "all" of the Jews there put their
faith in Jesus (verse 45). Even more unbelievable is the logic used
by the chief priests and Pharisees in verse 48. Why are they concerned
that "everyone will believe in him"? What are they afraid of?
(Follow their logic!)
Caiaphas' prophecy in verses 51-52 and his resulting answer in verse 50
amaze me. Explain what's going on in these passages. Do you believe
the prophecy was from God? Can you connect the first part of verse 50
with the part "than that the whole nation perish"? What do
you think Caiaphas was thinking?
The result of the high priest's and Pharisee's "summit"
was quite conclusive (verse 53; 57) which will have a major impact on
the remainder of Jesus' ministry. As with many early Christians, many
Christians in the world today live with a death sentence over their heads.
Today we live in a society without a similar death sentence. Jesus did
not flinch. Yet today we seem to fear the honour of sharing in the
Lord's sufferings (Phil 3:10). Reflect on this. What are your thoughts?
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