The Crucifixion

The cross changes everything.

Sermon preached on August 29, 2021.

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Digging Deeper

Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  • Who carried Jesus’ cross and why did he have to carry it? Describe the events from the Last Supper to our text today.
    For further discussion read and compare the crucifixion accounts in Mark 15 and Luke 23. What other details do these authors add?
  • Read and compare Psalm 22 and Matthew 27. What do you think of these similarities and why are they important?
  • Of all the ways Jesus had to die, why did he have to be crucified on a cross? Why did he have to die in the manner that he did, especially during this time when people were gathering to celebrate the Passover?
  • Verses 41-43 reference the chief priests and the teachers of the law. Based upon our study through Matthew, what do you think of this interaction? This group interacted with Jesus several times throughout his ministry, what might they be thinking now?
  • Read Romans 5:6-11. What makes the cross so significant to the Christian faith? Based on this Romans passage, what does Jesus take upon himself at the cross? If Jesus didn’t die on the cross, what would the implications be for humanity?
YOUR CALL TO ACTION:
  • This week, consider the cross and the reality of the pain and love surrounding the crucifixion. The cross truly changes everything. Reflect on this question – how does the cross change me? “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20

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