On the Road – Week 2 Bible Study
32 They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again, he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days
later he will rise.”
Some Questions and Reflections:
In this passage, Jesus is predicting his own death for the third time. The disciples were astonished (rather than fearful like the followers).
1. What do we think Jesus was trying to teach the disciples in this moment?
(Answer: Obedience, humility and submission to God is what God asks of us on our journey of discipleship and Jesus modelled this to his disciples – they were astonished, which means amazed AND fearful – they were learning what discipleship meant)
In John 15, Jesus taught on the importance of “abiding with him”. We might make the association of discipleship with proximity; the importance of closeness to Jesus.
2. Why is our proximity to Jesus important?
(Answer: Jesus’ invitation in John 15 says that proximity to Jesus – abiding with him – is how we learn to be a disciple and where we can satisfy our deepest desire for wholeness, purpose and renewal. “Abide with me so your joy may be complete”. Our primary call in life is to grow and know Jesus.)
Read Matthew 11:28-29 together.
3. What is Jesus offering as part of our discipleship to him?
(Answer: Jesus wanted us to know that discipleship to him brings rest, it’s another way of working (not the absence of problems or responsibilities) that brings abiding peace to our souls regardless of the challenges. It helps us embrace the cost of discipleship rather than resent it).
Jesus predicted in quite a lot of detail, the way he was going to die – possibly one of the most demeaning ways to be killed in the culture of the day. Jesus also highlighted that in following him, we will face hardships on our discipleship journey. There is a cost involved–even more than just leaving behind a career, lifestyle etc. The cost is much deeper than we might realise.
4. Why might discipleship be worth it when there is so great a cost? What is the benefit?
Jesus taught about the Kingdom more than anything else during his ministry.
5. What do we think are some of the promises of the Kingdom of God that Jesus wanted his disciples to appreciate in their discipleship journeys?
(Answer: That the Kingdom – the reign and rule of God – restoration, peace, the love of God – is available in the now, not just in the future)
Jesus said I am leaving you with a gift, peace (John 14:27).
6. Why do you think the work of the Holy Spirit in us is so important with regards to our discipleship journeys?
(Answer: abiding peace by the power of the Holy Spirit, and the grace of God, enables us to persevere through the hardships of discipleship. It’s not by our own strength, but by the Spirit).
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