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God's Plan for Jesus to Die

Matthew 27:31-61

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Jesus Sends Out 70 Disciples (Luke 10:1-24)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10

Opening Prayer

He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels (John 12:27)
    Were the sufferings and death Jesus experienced on Good Friday a surprise?
      Matthew 16:21
    Did knowing what would happen make it any easier for Jesus to go through with it?
      Matthew 26:38-39
    Did being God make it any easier for Jesus to go through with it?
      Hebrews 2:18
    Was Jesus tempted with any opportunities to back out?
      Matthew 26:50-54
    Since He could have easily called 10,000 angels to set Him free, why didn't He?
      John 12:27

    Didn't Jesus come to show us God and be worshipped? Why was death His purpose?
      Matthew 20:25-28
    How could His death buy (ransom) the lives of many?
      Hebrews 2:14
    Why did He have to become human to pay the price for the Father's children?
      Hebrews 2:17

The Wages of Sin (Romans 6:23)
    Atonement - "At One Ment"
    What standard do we have to achieve to be at one with God?
      Matthew 5:48
    What is our option if we cannot quite meet that standard?
      Romans 6:23
    What percentage of humans can we expect to fall into each category?
      Romans 3:10-12, 23

    Can't we at least get close to God by trying to obey His Laws and being as good as we can?
      Galatians 3:10-12
    Is there any way we can get out from under this curse?
      Galatians 3:13-14
    How could Jesus take our curse just by dying on a cross?
      2 Corinthians 5:21

    In summary, how are we made at one with God and righteous before Him?
      Romans 3:20-22

Jewish Atonement (Leviticus 4)
    What about the Jews? Were they able to be at one with God because He had chosen them?
      Romans 3:9
    Before Jesus, how were the Jews able to become at one with God?
      Leviticus 5:5-6
    How would the sin offering be used to make atonement?
      Leviticus 4:27-28, 32-35

    Was there any other way to be cleansed of sin besides the shedding of innocent blood?
      Hebrews 9:22
    Why is the shedding of blood so important to become at one with God?
      Leviticus 17:11

    What about sins that are committed without knowing? Do they need to be atoned for?
      Leviticus 5:17-19
    With so many people & so many sins, how could Israel hope to be at one with God as a nation?
      Leviticus 16:34
    Yom Kippur

Jesus' Great Atonement (Hebrews 9-10)
    What happened on Yom Kippur, the annual Day of Atonement?
      Hebrews 9:1-7
    Did this sacrifice cleanse the worshippers once and for all?
      Hebrews 10:1-4
    How did Jesus change this annual sacrifice?
      Hebrews 9:11-12

    What is the Most Holy Place that Jesus entered by His blood?
      Hebrews 9:24
    Why did God have a Most Holy Place in the temple for the High Priest to mediate for the people?
      Hebrews 9:8
    What is this way into the Most Holy Place of heaven under the new covenant?
      Hebrews 9:15
    How was this way into the Most Holy Place revealed when Jesus died?
      Matthew 27:50-51

'Cause God Said So (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
    Was Jesus making atonement once and for all a new concept or part of God's original plan?
      Isaiah 53:10-11
    Where does God first reveal His plan to save His children from the power of sin and the devil?
      Genesis 3:15
    How do we remind ourselves in our creeds that God planned atonement through Jesus?
      1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Events of Holy Week Promised
    Where do we first see that Jesus' last week occurred according to the Scriptures?
      Zechariah 9:9
    Where do we see the fulfillment of this prophesy?
      Mark 11:7-10
    What simple prophesy was also fulfilled by the praiseful welcome He received?
      Matthew 21:15-16
    Was the fact that He would be rejected by some foretold by the prophets?
      John 12:37-41

Betrayed by Judas
    Was His rejection and betrayal by a close friend a surprise?
      John 13:18-26
    How would a close friend dare to betray the Messiah?
      Zechariah 11:12-13
    What was this prophesy pointing to?
      Matthew 26:14-15
    What about the second part of throwing the money into the temple to the potter?
      Matthew 27:3-8
    What other prophesies were fulfilled by this story?
      Matthew 27:9-10

Jesus' Trials
    What had David written about how Jesus would be tried?
      Psalm 35:11
    What does Isaiah's Great Servant Song about Jesus' Passion say about His trials?
      Isaiah 53:7-8
    How did Jesus fulfill this prophesy?
      Matthew 26:62-63a; 27:12-14

Jesus Abused
    How was Jesus treated by His accusers?
      Matthew 26:67-68; 27:26-30
    How was this prophesied?
      Isaiah 50:6
    How does Isaiah refer to the flogging that Jesus received?
      Isaiah 53:5
    How does Peter later described the reason for the abuse Jesus received?
      1 Peter 2:21-24

Jesus Crucified
    The Jewish form of execution for blasphemy & other major crimes was stoning (Lev 24:13-16)
    Since Jesus was charged with blasphemy (Matt 26:65-66), why was He crucified?
      John 18:31; 19:16
    How did David's great song of Jesus' Passion foretell this strange execution?
      Psalm 22:14-17
    What other unique prophesy did David add?
      Psalm 22:18
    Did the prophets tell that He would be executed with common criminals?
      Isaiah 53:12

Jesus On the Cross
    What did David say about the way the Messiah would be treated during His execution?
      Psalm 22:7-8 (Matt 27:39-44)
    How did David foretell the drugged wine vinegar Jesus was offered on a sponge?
      Psalm 69:21 (Matt 27:34)
    Jesus had died before the soldiers came around and broke legs. How was this foretold?
      Psalm 34:20 (Exodus 12:46)

Jesus' Death and Resurrection
    What had Isaiah said about the Messiah's grave?
      Isaiah 53:9 (Matt 27:57-60)
    What is one of many prophesies that the Messiah would be raised from the dead?
      Psalm 16:10
    What did David say would happen to the Messiah after He rose?
      Psalm 68:18 (Psalm 110:1)

Closing Prayer

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