Bible Stories for Adults
Jesus in Gethsemane
Matthew 26:30-56; John 18:1-12
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Next Week - Jesus is Crucified (Matthew 27:31-61)
Bible Words to Remember:
Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him striken by God, smitten by Him and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5
Jesus' Last Day Approaches (Matthew 21)
How did Jesus begin His last week in Jerusalem?
Matthew 21:1, 6-11
How did the Jewish leaders react to Jesus' wise teachings in the temple?
Matthew 21: 23, 45-46
Were all of the Jewish leaders upset with Jesus?
Why wouldn't they stand up for Jesus?
Traps for Jesus (Matthew 22)
How did the Jewish leaders plan to arrest Jesus despite His popularity as a prophet?
What are some examples of traps set by the Jewish leaders?
How did Jesus put an end to their fruitless efforts?
Matthew 22:23, 28
Plans of the Jewish Leaders (Matthew 26:1-16)
How did the Jewish leaders' plans for Jesus change after being unable to trap Him?
Why didn't they carry out their plan immediately?
Did Jesus know what was going to happen and when?
How did the leaders get some unexpected help?
What was significant about the price Judas was paid for giving Jesus to be killed?
The Sacrifice Anointed (Matthew 26:6-12)
What may have influenced Judas' financial decision to betray Jesus?
Which disciple had voiced this complaint and why?
Judas Uncovered (Matthew 26:20-25; John 13:23-30)
Did Jesus know what Judas was planning to do?
Did they begin to accuse each other or guess who it might be?
How did Jesus identify the betrayer?
During Passover ritual, master of feast would take a flat cake of unleavened bread
After adding pieces of lamb & bitter herbs, he'd roll it and dip it onto a bitter sauce
The lamb anticipated God's Lamb which would bring salvation to sinners
Beginning with the most honored guest, he'd repeat until he gave one to everyone
By accepting the bread a guest acknowledged his sin & welcomed forgiveness
Did Judas accept Jesus' forgiveness when it was offered?
What comment did Jesus have about the one who would betray Him?
Loyalty of the Other Eleven (Matthew 26:31-35)
Could the others be proud of their loyalty, believing that they wouldn't betray Jesus?
Who was overly self-confident in the faith he had built up himself?
How strong did Peter say his faith and loyalty was?
What was wrong about the disciples boasting of their strong faith?
A Man of Sorrows (Matthew 26:36-39; Isaiah 53)
After sharing His Last Supper with His disciples, where did Jesus take them and why?
Matthew 26:30, 36
How did Jesus feel about His impending suffering and the desertion of His disciples?
How were Jesus' feelings similar to those of His ancestor King David?
Not My Will, But Yours (Matthew 26:42, 44)
How else was Jesus like David in looking for relief from His sorrow?
What was the cause of His suffering?
How deeply troubled was Jesus according to Luke, the doctor?
For what did Jesus pray?
Matthew 26:42, 44
Would it be the Father's will to take this cup from Jesus?
How did the Father help Jesus through this time?
Did Jesus have a choice of whether to accept His cup or not?
What did Jesus' prayer show about Him?
How does this relate to our own lives?
How was Jesus' submission and obedience critical for us?
The Faithful and Vigilant Disciples (Matthew 26:40-46)
Did the disciples understand the grief that Jesus was experiencing and its cause?
Matthew 26:40, 43
How did Jesus use their lack of vigilance to warn them of upcoming temptations?
What temptation was Jesus warning His disciples about?
Did the disciples remain vigilant after Jesus' warning?
Betrayed with a Kiss (Matthew 26:47-50)
How long did they have to wait for Judas after Jesus predicted the coming of His betrayer?
How did Judas know where to find Jesus?
Without photographs, how would the "temple police" know which man to arrest?
Resisting Arrest (John 18:7-9)
How much resistance did Jesus offer to those trying to arrest Him?
What other prophesy did Jesus' response fulfill?
I'll Save You (Matthew 26:51-56)
Who impetuously seized the opportunity to show Jesus his strong support?
Why did Peter have the sword?
How did Jesus thank Peter for defending Him?
What about the poor servant with the missing ear?
What did Jesus have to say to those arresting Him?
What prophesy of Jesus was fulfilled at the end of this story?
Copyright © 1997 by Kurt Rosenhagen
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