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This week’s sermon is on Jesus’ arrest and questioning by the high priest in John 18. One might initially find some of Jesus’ responses as ‘abstract’ but they weren’t to Him. Jesus knew what was going to happen all along and it showed in his actions and words. So much Old Testament prophecy points toward events in this chapter. Jesus’ responses also show us his intent to probe Pilate’s (and other’s) heart rather than defending himself.
Key Passages: John 18:1-40
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed). Re-read key passages.
- John 18:1-11… What stands out to you about this scene? How does Jesus respond to those who are seeking to arrest him? What do you think this says about Jesus’ mindset??
- John 18:15-18… How does Peter respond to the servant girl’s question? What do you think could have changed in Peter from his bold defense of Jesus (Jn 13:36-38) to his denial of him here?
- John 18:19-27… What is Jesus’ response to his accusations? What is Peter’s continued response to his accusations? How does Jesus contrast Peter?
- Why would the Jews not enter Pilate’s headquarters, and what is ironic about that? (v28 so they could take part in Passover feast… which ironically is all about Jesus)
- What principles did you possibly discover for your own life from the various personalities in the passage: Judas, Peter, Pilate?
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for the salvation and the calling of those who don’t see the “TRUTH”; for their hearts to be softened and their ears able to hear God’s call. Praise God for the reconciling work of Jesus on the cross.