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Week 4: Death

As you open your Bible to Luke 23, pray over your time in God’s Word together—that you might read this familiar story with fresh eyes and be changed because of it.

Today we look at the events of Good Friday. At first glance, it’s a strange name for a tragic day. As you begin to read this passage together, put yourself in the shoes of Jesus’ followers, those watching from a distance, terrified and confused.

Read Luke 23:33-49.

What do you think was going through the minds of the men and women who loved Jesus?

Could Jesus have saved himself like the crowd and the criminal suggested?

If you have lost a loved one, you understand how sad and horrifying this day must have been. Questions and doubts must have raced through the disciples’ minds. They watched Jesus feed 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and a couple of small fish. They saw him heal the sick, give sight to the blind, and raise the dead to life. Why didn’t he jump down from that cross and reveal himself as the true Messiah?

We are so familiar with the next chapter of this story—Easter Sunday—that we forget there were three days of silence as Jesus’ closest friends mourned his death. But maybe there was a twinkle of hope in someone’s heart as they remembered what Jesus said, recorded for us in the Gospel of John.

Read John 15:12-13.

What compelled Jesus to die on the cross?

Have you ever loved someone so much that you were willing to die for them?

Read John 3:16-17.

What was Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth in the first place?

According to verse 16, why did God send Jesus?

Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by this information? Why or why not?

When we really stop to think about it, we cannot comprehend the magnitude of this love. Especially when we consider the power and innocence of Jesus. The only Son of God willingly left his throne in heaven to come into a broken, messed-up world. Jesus, who was both fully God and fully human, lived a perfect, sinless life. Then he offered up his life, choosing to die so that we wouldn’t have to. It’s the sacrifice Jesus made in order to save us that makes his death good. In fact, it’s more than good—it’s incredible!

What are the ways that Jesus’ sacrificial love affects you personally?

How can you live your life in a way that says “thank you” to Jesus?

While we anticipate the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday, don’t overlook the importance of his death. Close your time together thanking Jesus for his incredible sacrifice.

**If anyone in your family has more questions about the significance of Jesus’ death, read the following verses. This is known as the Romans Road which lays out the details of the gospel (the good news of Jesus) and how to surrender your life to Christ.**

Romans 3:23 - We are all sinners.

Romans 6:23 - We deserve to die.

Romans 5:8 - Jesus died on our behalf.

Romans 10:13 - Salvation is available.

Romans 10:9-10 - How to be saved.