THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST…SMALL GROUPS STUDY…WEEK 4

FRIENDS AND FAMILY…THIS IS THE LAST WEEK OF THE SMALL GROUPS STUDY, FROM THE CHURCH I ATTEND, ORCHARD GROVE COMMUNITY CHURCH.   HERE IS THE LINK:

                                WWW.ORCHARDGROVE.ORG

BEFORE WE BEGIN TONIGHT LET’S JUST ALL SAY A PRAYER TOGETHER & A SONG OF PRAISE…,

DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO COME TOGETHER TO STUDY AND LEARN ABOUT WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH FOR ALLL OF US TONIGHT…MAY OUR HEARTS AND MINDS BE OPEN, WE ASK THAT YOU BE WITH US TONIGHT AND TO SURROUND US WITH YOUR LOVE, GRACE & PEACE…MAY WE LOOK BACK AT THIS SMALL GROUP AND REMEMBER ALL THAT YOU WENT THROUGH FOR ALL OF US…MAY WE GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHY THE FATHER SENT YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE…MAY WE ALL KNOW THAT WE ARE SINNERS AND IF IT WERE NOT FOR YOUR DEATH ON THE CROSS WE WOULD NOT BE FORGIVEN…MAY WE ALL KNOW THAT THROUGH YOU AND IN YOU AND ACCEPTING YOU AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR THAT WE TOO, HAVE ETERNAL LIFE…MAY WE TEACH OTHERS ABOUT YOU, THE BEST WAY WE KNOW HOW…MAY WE LEARN TO SERVE AND NOT TO BE SERVED, MAY WE LEARN TO BE MORE AND MORE LIKE YOU…THANK YOU, DEAR LORD!!!…IN THIS, WE PRAY…NOT OUR WILL LORD, BUT YOURS BE DONE…

                               AMEN!!!…AMEN!!!…AND AMEN!!!…

                                                        LET’S SING…

                                     http://youtu.be/_sKcw9_PQYA

OKAY, FRIENDS AND FAMILY…TONIGHT WE START THE MOVIE/DVD/VIDEO AT: 1:30  (ONE HOUR AND 30 MINUTES INTO)  *REMEMBER 12 AND UNDER IS NOT SUITABLE, BUT YOU MAKE THAT DECISION…HERE IS THE LINK TO THE MOVIE, AND REMEMBER TO HAVE YOUR BIBLE HANDY TO LOOK-UP VERSES/SCRIPTURE…

                                     http://youtu.be/Uuc2aWJnmQ8

…AND IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A BIBLE, HERE IS THE WEBSITE TO LOOK-UP THE SCRIPTURE:

                                         WWW.BIBLEGATEWAY.COM

                                         DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

THE JOURNEY DONE, JESUS FALLS FLAT ON HIS FACE.  SIMON IS ALSO EXHAUSTED AND KNEELS DOWN TO TAKE ONE LAST UP CLOSE LOOK AT JESUS BEFORE THE SOLDIERS CHASE HIM OFF.  HE IS OBVIOUSLY SHAKEN PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY FROM THE EXPERIENCE.  MEANWHILE, THE SOLDIERS CONTINUE THEIR BRUTAL TREATMENT OF JESUS URGING HIM TO WALK OVER AND LAY DOWN ON THE CROSS.  AN INTERESTING FLASHBACK OCCURS HERE SHOWING THE BREAD OF THE PASSOVER MEAN—HIS BODY?  READ: MATTHEW 27:32; MARK 15:21; LUKE 23:26; JOHN 19:17…NOW, DISCUSS…

THE HORROR OF JESUS BEING NAILED TO THE CROSS CONTINUES WITH VARIOUS FLASHBACKS–AND SAYINGS OF JESUS: “THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE THAN FOR A MAN TO LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.”  (JOHN 15:13)  “I LAY IT DOWN FOR THE SHEEP…NO MAN TAKES MY LIFE FROM ME, BUT I LAY IT DOWN OF MY OWN ACCORD.  I HAVE THE POWER TO LAY IT DOWN AND THE POWER TO TAKE IT UP AGAIN.”  (JOHN 10:17-19)  “MY CHILDREN, I WILL BE WITH YOU ONLY FOR A LITTLE LONGER.  YOU WILL LOOK FOR ME, AND JUST AS I TOLD THE JEWS, SO I TELL YOU NOW: WHERE I AM GOING, YOU CANNOT COME.  A NEW COMMAND I GIVE YOU: LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, SO YOU MUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER.”  (JOHN 13:33-34).  “I AM THE WAY, THE THRUTH AND THE LIFE, NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.” (JOHN 14:6).  “THIS IS MY BODY, GIVEN TO YOU.”  (MATTHEW 27:33-35; MARK 15:22-27; LUKE 23-33; JOHN 19:18).

IS THERE ANYONE FOR WHOM YOU WOULD UNQUESTIONABLY LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE?  IF YOU HAD TO LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE LIKE THIS?  IS IT SELFISH TO JUST THINK OF THOSE WHO ARE CLOSE TO YOU?  HOW DO YOU GET TO THE PLACE WHERE YOU LOVE ***EVERYONE AS MUCH AS THOSE CLOSEST TO YOU?…READ: 1 SAMUEL 16:7

“AS I HAVE LOVED YOU” IS SUBTLETY DIFFERENT FROM “AS I LOVE YOU.”  HERE WE SEE THE DIFFERENCE!!!… CAN WE LIVE UP TO THIS COMMAND OF GOD?  IF SO, HOW?

AS THESEFLASHBACKS ARE STRUNG TOGETHER, IT BECOMES OBVIOUS THAT JESUS WENT TO GREAT PAINS TO TELL HIS DISCIPLES WHAT WAS COMING BEFOREHAND.  WHY DO YOU THINK IT STILL TOOK THEM ALL BY SURPRISE?

READ ISAIAH 53:4-5.  IF YOU HAD BEEN THE SOLDIER COMMANDED TO DO THIS DEED, COULD YOU HAVE DONE IT?  HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOUR HANDS AND ACTIONS AND THOUGHTS DID DO THIS DEED?

JESUS IS RAISED UP ON THE CROSS IS DROPPED IN PLACE.  WE FLASHBACK TO THE LAST SUPPER.  “THIS IS MY BLOOD WHICH IS GIVEN FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.”  ONE OF THOSE CRUCIFIED WITH JESUS BEGINS TO INSULT JESUS:  “IF YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD, WHY DON’T YOU SAVE YOURSELF?”  CAIAPHAS JOINS IN “YOU SAID, YOU COULD TEAR DOWN THE TEMPLE AND REBUILD IT IN THREE DAYS, AND YET YOU CANNOT COME DOWN FROM THE CROSS.  IF HE IS THE MESSIAH, I SAY, LET HIM COME DOWN FROM THE CROSS SO THAT WE MIGHT SEE AND BELIEVE.”  JESUS RESPONDS, “FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.”  THAT UNNATURAL RESPONSE SENDS RIPPLE OF SHOCK THROUGH EVERYONE PRESENT–PARTICULARLY THE OTHER THIEF ON THE CROSS, WHO ASKS, “LORD REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU ENTER YOUR KINGDON.”  JESUS RESPONDS” “AMEN, I SAY TO YOU, ON THIS DAY YOU SHALL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.”  THE OTHER THIEF LAUGHS AT THIS AND GETS HIS EYE PLUCKED OUT AS A REWARD.  READ: (MATTHEW 27:36-44; MARK 15:25-32; LUKE 23:34-43.)

DO YOU THINK JESUS ACTUALLY FULFILLED HIS PROMISE TO TEAR DOWN THE TEMPLE AND REBUILD IT IN THREE DAYS?…READ: (JOHN 2:19-22).

WHAT WOULD IT HAVE MEANT TO YOU IF JESUS HAD GIVEN UP AT THIS POINT AND COME DOWN FROM THE CROSS?  READ: (HEBREWS 10:10-14).

IN THE LORD’S PRAYER WE ARE ASKED TO FORGIVE AS GOD FORGIVES US, DOES HE REALLY WANT US TO TAKE IT TO THIS EXTENT?  READ: (MATTHEW 18:23-35).  HOW WOULD YOUR LIFE CHANGE IF YOU DID?  (REMEMBER, FORGIVENESS IS NOT SAYING WHO HURT YOU IS OKAY, FORGIVENESS IS NOT LETTING THE SITUATION HOLD YOU BACK ANYMORE..UNFORGIVENESS IS LIKE RUNNING WITH A WEIGHT IN YOUR LIFE, DON’T LET IT STOP YOU FROM DOING WHAT GOD HAS PLANNED FOR YOU.)

AS THE SOLDIERS GAMBLE FOR JESUS’ CLOTHES THE CLOUDS MOVE IN AND IT BECOMES DARK.  THE PRIEST AND SOME OF THE CROWD LEAVE.  THE SOLDIERS ALLOW MARY (JESUS’ MOTHER) MARY AND JOHN TO MOVE IN CLOSE TO JESUS.  MARY EMBRACES HIS FEET AND COMES AWAY WITH A BLOODY FACE.  ANOTHER WORD OF JESUS FROM THE CROSS.  “I THIRST.”  ONE OF THE SOLDIERS HOLDS A SPONGE UP TO HIM, BUT AFTER WETTING HIS MOUTH HE REFUSES MORE.  ANOTHER MARY INSERTION HERE AS SHE SAYS, “MY SON, LET ME DIE WITH YOU.”  JESUS RESPONDS, “WOMEN, BEHOLD YOUR SON.”  AND TO JOHN: “BEHOLD, YOUR MOTHER.”  THEN, JESUS SAYS, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME.”  AND “IT IS ACCOMPLISHED.”  HE LOOKS UP INTO HEAVEN AND SIGHS…”FATHER, INTO YOUR HANDS, I COMMEND MY SPIRIT.”   READ: (MATTHEW 27:45-50; MARK 15:33-37; LUKE23:44-46; JOHN 19:25-30.)

WHY/HOW DID GOD (OUR/THE FATHER) FORSAKE GOD (JESUS/THE SON)?   READ: GALATIONS 3:13; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21

***PROPHECY FULFILLMENT!!!…READ: PSALM 22:1

AFTER WATCHING AND DISCUSSING…MEDITATING AND DIGESTING ALL 4 WEEKS, WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH???…

             WHAT A GREAT SMALL GROUP THIS LENT SEASON!!!…

IN CLOSING, ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS, IN THANKS…TO THE LORD, OUR GOD, WHO, I KNOW, HAS SAVED ME!!!…

                                           http://youtu.be/Dooif2-yAoI

FRIENDS & FAMILY, IN ADDITION…IF YOUR IN THE AREA, I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU ALLL TO THE CHURCH I ATTEND FOR GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES AT 4:30PM…AND EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES: 9:30AM AND 11:15AM.  AGAIN, PLEASE SEE:

                                  WWW.ORCHARDGROVE.ORG

                                CONTACT THE CHURCH WEBSITE FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE…MAPS & DIRECTIONS ARE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE…CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED…

AND LOTS OF GREAT EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL!!!…

PRAISE & WORSHIP BANDS, “BIG DADDY WEAVE” & “THE KATINAS” WILL BE THERE SOON AS WELL IN APRIL 2012…SEE THE SITE FOR MORE INFORMATION!!!…(YOU CAN ALSO FIND THEM ON FACEBOOK AND BECOME A FAN, NOT TO MENTION, YOU CAN FIND THEIR MUSIC VIDEO’S ON YOUTUBE TO TAKE A PEEK IN ADVANCED, IN YOUR NOT SURE OF WHO THEY ARE!!!)

 ***BLESSINGS FOR A WONDERFUL REST OF YOUR WEEK***

...IN JESUS NAME...WE ALLL SAY, "AMEN!!!"...THANK YOU, LORD!!!... : )

     PEACE & LOVE TO ALLL OF YOU THIS GOOD FRIDAY & EASTER…

WITH LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, JOYOUS JEWELS

***REJOICE!!!...I SAY AGAIN, ***REJOICE!!!...OUR LORD, HAS RISEN!!!... : )

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