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THE STORY WE TELL

Sermon Discussion 
Luke 24:44-53

When was the last time that you told a story to someone? How did it go?

What makes a story so compelling for us?

What is the story that we have seen throughout Luke?

If you were to tell someone the story of Jesus how would it go?

In this last sermon of our series through the gospel of Luke, we have seen that there are three main parts of the story of God shown to us in Christ: God is above us, God is for us, God is with us.

What do you think about that?

I. God Above Us


Jesus revealed that it was necessary for Him to die in order to save His people. This tells us that Jesus, the Father, and the Spirit had planned for this story of creation/fall/redemption/restoration to play out exactly the way it did before He ever created anything at all! This shows us the sovereignty of God over all things including sin. This also shows us that God’s story is the story of all stories, and that all of our own stories have their connection to this story.


What do we see about Jesus in His description of the Scriptures to the disciples in vs. 44-47?

What might this teach us about God’s character?

How might the sovereignty of God give us comfort in our lives?

What is challenging about remembering and meditating on God’s sovereignty?


II. God for Us


How do we see God being “for us” in this passage?

Why is it important for us to know that God is for us?

How would we live differently when we really remembered that God is for us in Christ?

What would change about how you related to God and to others?

How can you communicate this truth about God to others?


III. God with Us


How do we see Jesus being “with us” in this passage?

What is the role of the Spirit in this passage?

The word “witness” means someone who has seen something and verbally tells about it. How are we witnesses of Christ and how does God’s Word play into us being witnesses of Jesus?

What prevents us from speaking about that which we have witnessed?

What encourages us to speak about what we have witnessed?

IV. Pray for one another!
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This is one of my favorite books I've read this year.  Tish Warren has some great things to say about Word and Sacrament.  Take a minute to check it out!

-Pastor Duane


 

On the Word: 

Unkind and condemning thoughts tell me that God's love is distant, cold or irrelevant, that I must prove myself to God and other people, that I am orphaned and unlovable, that God is tapping his toe, impatient with me, ready to walk out on me.  These thoughts are loud enough that I need a human voice telling me, week in and week out, that they're lies.  I need to hear from someone who knows me that there is grace enough for me, that Christ's work is on my behalf, even as I'm on my knees confessing that I've blown it again this week.  We may confess quietly, even silently.  But we are reminded of our forgiveness out loud, with standing and shouting.  We need to be sure to hear it.  

Forgiveness is from God, and yet I still need to be told I need to hear in a loud voice that I am forgiven and loved, a voice that is truer, louder, and more tangible than the accusing voices within and without telling me I'm not. 

 

On the Sacrament: 

Of all the things he couldn't chosen to be done "in remembrance" of him, Jesus chose a meal.  He could have asked his followers to do something impressive or mystical- climb a mountain, fast for forty days, or have a trip sweat lodge ceremony- but instead he picks the most ordinary of acts, eating, through which to be present to his people.  He says that the bread is his body and the wine is his blood.  He chooses the unremarkable a plain, average and abundant, bread and wine.

Both Word and Sacrament are gifts given by Jesus who calls himself the bread of life.  The Word of God and the meal of God's people are intended to point to and make manifest the presence of Christ, who is worth the Word and the bread.  In John 6, Jesus reminds his listeners that they received manna, their daily bread, as a gift from the Father, but that it was not enough to nourish them spiritually.  They still died.  But Jesus promises that those who eat "bread from heaven will be eternally nourished and will not die."

- Warren, Tish.  Liturgy of the Ordinary.

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THE STORY OF ALL STORIES

Luke 24:13-35
Sermon Discussion

This Sunday Jesus revealed himself to some travelers on the road, and explained to them the common thread running throughout all of history to tell the story of his death on the cross for us. Duane called it the Story of all Stories, and explained that almost all stories that we love still echo huge elements of The Story.

God loves telling His Story and sharing it.

What was the last Story that you wrote or created to share? (In school? For your kids? For fun? On Social Media or a Blog?)

Let's read the passage in Luke 24:13-35:

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Before we get into the sermon, was there anythin in the passage that stood out to you? Confused you? Intrigued you?

Duane had 3 points he wanted to touch on from this passage:

Hearing the Story
Reading the Story
Experiencing the Story

HEARING THE STORY

Duane explained that hearing the Story of Jesus is something that all believers have in common. It's the start to their acceptance of Him as savior.

Who did you hear the Story from?

Like most stories, the Jesus story can often get half told, or misheard so that misconceptions grow out of it.

What do you think are some of the popular misconceptions San Diegans have about the Jesus Story?

Story is so powerful in communicating information and creating relationships. It's clearly one of the biggest means God has to showing Himself to us, in the Jesus story and our personal story. Duane explained that as believers our personal story is often being written with story arcs leading to us turning to and learning more about God.

What is happening in your story arc that is pushing to you connect with God?


READING THE STORY

Today we most often experience the Jesus story by reading it in the Bible. Duane explained that we should therefore have a good handle on how we should read to best experience the story.

There's 3 wrong ways to read the story:

As a myth of overblown anecdotes that probably did not actually happen or have been exaggerated.
As a moral code giving examples of what is right and wrong
As a mystical story that gives different feelings and impressions as you read that can guide you.

Which way do you think is most popular in our culture today? Which way is how you often find yourself reading the Bible?

Duane explained that the best way to read the Bible is Historically (understanding who it's talking about, where they are and what's going on), Grammatically (understanding the proper meaning of the words and phrases), and christologically (seeing the entire story as pointing to Jesus).

Historical and grammatical reading are pretty common, but Christological reading may be a new idea.

How do you think you would go about reading a passage Christologically?


EXPERIENCING THE STORY

The men who heard Jesus explain the story were deeply effected. It said that their eyes were opened (v 31) and hearts were burning (v 32).

What do you think it means that their "hearts were burning"?
Why do you think these two guys had such a strong feeling about the story?

The men experienced Jesus and His story deeply because they asked Him and urged him to share.

How can we urge Jesus to share his story with us? How do you urge Jesus to share His story?

PRAYER

Pray with the group that we would be helping the people of San Diego to hear the greatest story ever, that God would give us wisdom as we read His Story, and that we would be urging Jesus that we would experience His Story.

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THE STORY OF DEATH DEFEATED

Luke 24:1-12 // 36-43
Sermon Discussion


Read the passage.

What are you noticing about the descriptions of life and death in this passage? What might this teach us about Jesus and the goal of all things?

-What is a story that you have enjoyed recently? Why? Why do you think we love stories? What might this teach us about our nature as humans?

I. The Death of Skepticism

-How do you think Luke's profession as a medical doctor either helped or hindered his ability to believe and write about the resurrection? What about you?

-Christianity hinges totally on a historical/scientific fact that Jesus rose from the dead. Why is this important to our faith? How is this either encouraging or challenging to you and your faith?

-What are some of the evidences that Luke provides for us regarding the resurrection?
-Where might you be wrestling with skepticism in your faith? How does the resurrection help to bring assurance to our faith?

II. The Death of Suffering

-The resurrection places a large emphasis on the human body. How do we see this being emphasized in our text?

-We are embodies souls, and our physical bodies have a huge impact on our souls well being. Why do you think that is? How have you experienced the body/soul connection in your life?


-How does Jesus’ incarnation as a physical human man teach us about the sacredness of our physical bodies? What is your view of the body?


-“Jesus Mission is the redeemed the human body. Christianity is a body religion.” What do you think about this? How do we see this played out in the Scriptures and in our lives?

III. The Death of Sadness

-What is sadness? How do we see people being sad in our text? How do we see them becoming joyful? What causes them this kind of joy?

-What are some of the different emotions in this text?

-How does the hope/promise of the resurrection help to redeem/reinterpret those sad and difficult things we have lived in our stories?

-What are some things that you need the power of the resurrection to help bring joy into your life again?

IV. Pray for one another!

 

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Sunday Preview

Sunday, July 22, 2018
10:00 am

Worship in Fellowship

Coffee and tea are available in our outdoor courtyard. We encourage you to come early and stay late to hang out with God's people.  

Worship in Song

Every week we love to worship God through song. We are fortunate to have three rotating worship bands that perform a wide variety of songs and styles all centered around the Gospel and the work of God through Jesus. Come prepared to sing these songs unto the Lord!  

Holy Holy Holy
Death Was Arrested
Day by Day
Satisfied in You
In Tenderness
Defender

Worship in the Word

This week, Pastor Ryan Buss will be continuing The Simple Faith series,  with The Life of Love  from 1 John 3:11-24. Feel free to read the passage ahead of time to prepare your heart and mind for God's Word. 

Worship in Sacrament

Each week believers respond to God's Word by coming forward to The Lord's Table to receive Holy Communion. During this time there is always prayer available at the back of the sanctuary for those in need.  We encourage you to bring your needs to Jesus during this time and have Him meet you with His grace.

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Everyone should long for and want the resurrection of Jesus Christ to be true. Here is an excerpt from Timothy Keller's book The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism stating why.  
- Pastor Duane


 

The Challenge of the Resurrection

Nothing in history can be proven the way we can prove something in a laboratory.  However, the resurrection of Jesus is a historical fact much more fully attested to than most other events of ancient history we take for granted.  Every effort to account for the birth of the church apart from Jesus's resurrection flies in the face of what we know about first-century history and culture.  If you don't short-circuit the process with the philosophical bias against the possibility of miracle, the resurrection of Jesus Jesus has the most evidence for it.  

The problem is, however, that people do short-circuit the investigation.  Instead of doing the work of answering these very tough historical questions and then following the answers where they lead, they bail out with the objection that miracles are impossible.  N.T. Wright makes a scathing response: 

The early Christians did not invent the empty tomb and the meetings or sighting of the risen Jesus... Nobody was expecting this kind of thing; no kind of conversion experience would have invented it, no matter how guilty (or how forgiven) they felt, no matter how many hours they pored over the scriptures.  To suggest otherwise is to stop doing history and enter into a fantasy world of our own.  

I sympathize with the person who says, "so what if I can't think of an alternate explanation? The resurrection just couldn't happen."  Let's not forget, however, that first-century people felt exactly the same way.  They found the resurrection just as inconceivable as you do.  The only way anyone embraced the resurrection back then was by letting the evidence challenge and change their worldview, their view of what was possible.  They had just as much trouble with the claims of the resurrection as you, yet the evidence- both of the eyewitness accounts and the changed lives of Christ's followers- was overwhelming.  

Each year at Easter I get to preach on the Resurrection.  In my sermon I always say to my skeptical, secular friends that, even if they can't believe in the resurrection, they should want it to be true.  Most of them care deeply about justice for the poor, alleviating hunger and disease, and caring for the environment.  Yet many of them believe that the material world was caused by accident and that the world and everything in it will eventually simply burn up in the death of the sun.  They find it discouraging that so few people care about justice without realizing that their own worldview undermines any motivation to make the world a better place.  Why sacrifice for the needs of others if in the end nothing we do will make any difference? If the resurrection of Jesus happened, however, that means there's infinite hope and reason to pour ourselves out for the needs of the world.  In a sermon, N.T. Wright said: 

The message of the resurrection is that this world matters!  That the injustices and pains of this present world must now be addressed with the news that healing, justice, and love have won... If Easter means Jesus Christ is only raised in a spiritual sense- [then] it is only about me, and finding a new dimension in my personal spiritual life.  But if Jesus Christ is truly risen from the dead, Christianity becomes good news for the whole world- news which warms our hearts precisely because it isn't just about warming hearts.  Easter means that in a world where injustice, violence and degradation are endemic, God is not prepared to tolerate such things- and that we will work and plan, with all the energy of God, to implement victory of Jesus over them all.  Take away Easter and Karl Marx was probably right to accuse Christianity of ignoring problems of the material world.  Take it away and Freud was probably right to say Christianity is wish fulfillment.  Tea his away and the Nietzsche probably was right to say it was for wimps.

Keller, Timothy.   The Reason for God (pgs. 210-212). 

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JESUS THE LORD OF THE CROSS

Luke 23:26-56
Sermon Discussion

We finally arrive at the pinnacle of our story. Everything since the beginning of time has been leading up to this great and terrible act, performed to save us, because God loves us.

Jesus has been intimating and revelaing for quite some time that he would die soon, and die horribly on a tree. His disciples refused to believe Him. This week we read and discuss Jesus death on the cross, which has become the symbol for Christians worldwide.

Aside from a cross, is there any other symbol you've associated yourself with, or wear often that reveals a part of your identity? What is it?


Let's read the passage from Luke 23:26-56:

26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!' 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us,' and to the hills, 'Cover us.' 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!" 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" 38 There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!" 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." 42 And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." 43 And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

44 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, "Certainly this man was innocent!" 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Before we talk about Duane's thoughts on the passage, what did you think? Were there any ideas that stood out, were confusing, were challenging?

Duane had 2 points he wanted to expound on in this passage:

The Word of the Cross
The People of the Cross

THE WORD OF THE CROSS

Duane based his first point on the passage from 1 Corinthians 1:18 which states that the "For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."The cross is a loaded word and a lot is contained in it.

In this passage we have Jesus who is called by 4 names.

Jesus (God saves)
Christ (Savior)
King
Chosen Son of God (only, unique)

Which name do you think most of San Diego thinks of when they hear about Jesus?
Which name/meaning do you most often associate with Jesus?

Jesus speaks and acts while on the cross to give addition and clear meaning to the cross.

The word of the cross is:

Forgiveness - "forgive them for they know not what they do"
Solidarity - silently suffers as some of us have suffered and is abused on the cross
Redemption - Promising the criminal he will be with him in paradise
Access - The curtain is torn and we can go to God whenever we want
Completion - Dies on the cross so there is nothing else you have to do

Which of these words seems most impossible when applied to you?
What other words or actions tied to the cross have struck you from the passage?


THE PEOPLE OF THE CROSS

Duane then wanted to touch on the reactions of the different character near the cross.

He pointed out 8 different reactions:

Simon of Cyrene - literally picked up and carried Jesus' cross

Why are we called to "pick up a cross and follow Jesus?" Is that also a literal command?

The Women - Completely devoted, never leaving Him, giving money and time to Him even after he had died.

Put yourselves in their shoes, why didn't the women leave? What were they hoping for?

Crowd - Angry, and ashamed, but unrepentant

Why do you think the crowd was ashamed? (beating their fists against their chests)

Soldiers - Put their faith in Caesar and government
Centurion - pays attention, recognizes Jesus as the son of God and changes

The Centurion notices that Jesus was greater than Caesar. What do you think caused him to notice and change?
Is there something in your life that God is working on changing your mind about?


Criminal 1 - turns to God only in crisis
Criminal 2 - recognizes his true and greater need

How would you explain the difference between the two criminals?

Joseph of Arimithea - Courage, Honoring Jesus with his grave for burial.

Acting in the face of the people who had just killed Jesus, Joseph boldy and very publicly still supports Jesus even after death.

What opportunities do you have to be bold for Jesus this week?

PRAYER

Thanking God for the cross, and the great power that it has on our lives.

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JESUS THE LORD OF JUSTICE

Luke 22:63-23:25
Sermon Discussion 

Read the passage, or have someone paraphrase what happened.

-What are ways that we see injustice in our society today? Why is justice something that we all desire to see in our lives and in the society at large?

I. Lies For Truth

-How is injustice connected to lies? How do we see this get played out in our culture today? How does the truth help to bring justice where there is injustice?

- What do we see about Jesus' character as related to the truth in this passage? What lies are people speaking about Jesus? How does this enable Jesus to empathize with us when we experience injustice?

II. Wounds For Healing

- How do we see Jesus being wounded in this passage? Wounds can be much more than physical, so how are ways that you have been wounded in your life? How does Jesus' wounding help me to experience healing in those areas of woundedness?

-How do wounding and injustice relate to each other? What are the relational effects of injustice caused by wounds?

III. Guilt For Freedom

-What is guilt? How is this related to injustice?
-How do we see Jesus being condemned unjustly?
-Which character are we most like in the passage with Jesus' trial?
-How does Jesus' unjust sentencing make us free? What is freedom and how is it related to guilt?

IV. Death For Life

- How are justice and life related to one another? Why?
- "Little deaths" are ways that we experience relational separation from another person. What are ways that you see/experience "little deaths" in your life today? How does Jesus' life help us to bring life back into those relational areas?

Pray for one another!

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This year we are taking a tour through account of Jesus' life and ministry as recorded by a guy who was a medical doctor in the first century, Dr. Luke.  In Luke's portrait of Jesus we see a focus on Jesus reaching out to all different types and classes of people, sick people, healthy people, rich people, poor people, religious people, irreligious people, women, men, children, different races, different places and all kinds of different faces.  

Our prayer is that God would use our study of Jesus in The Gospel According to Luke to form and shape the people of our church to be like Jesus who engages all people.  

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE
Engaging All People

The Story’s Beginning
A Story that Happens to be True (1:1-4)

A Story that Seems Too Good to be True (1:5-56)
A Story that Intersects with Real Life (1:57-2:40)
A Story of a Child Prodigy (2:41-2:52)
A Story Worth Talking About (3:1-22)
A Story for All Mankind (3:23-38)
A Story About Conquering Evil (4:1-15)

The Story of a Savior for All
A Jesus for the (un)Churched (4:16-44)

A Jesus for the Broken (5:1-32)
A Jesus for People Today (5:33-39)
A Jesus for Haters (6:1-49)
A Jesus for Lords & the Lowly (7:1-35)
A Jesus for Women (7:36-8:3)
A Jesus for Family (8:4-21)
A Jesus for the Weak (8:22-56)
A Jesus for Everywhere (9:1-9)
A Jesus for Many (9:10-17)
A Jesus for One (9:18-27)

The Story of a Savior Who is Over All
A Jesus Who is More (9:28-43a)

A Jesus Who Many Don't Get (9:43b-62)
A Jesus Who Reaches Out (10:1-24)
A Jesus Who Has Love for All Races (10:25-37)
A Jesus Who is Worth Listening To (10:38-42)
A Jesus Who Listens to Us (11:1-13)
A Jesus Who is Strong (11:14-28)
A Jesus Who is The Greatest (11:29-32)
A Jesus Who is The Light (11:33-12:3)
A Jesus Who is Worth Believing In (12:4-21)
A Jesus Who Calms Our Fears (12:22-34)
A Jesus Who Gives Warning (12:35-13:9)
A Jesus Who Points the Way (13:10-13:35)
A Jesus Who Welcomes Outcasts (14:1-35)
A Jesus Who Seeks the Lost (15:1-32)

A Jesus Who is Better than Money (16:1-31)
A Jesus Who Forgives (17:1-19)
A Jesus Who Will Come Again (17:20-37)
A Jesus Who is Worth Pursuing (18:1-14)
The Jesus Who Provides (18:15-43)
A Jesus Who is Worth Investing In (19:1-27)

The Story of a Savior Who Dies for His People
Jesus the Lord of the City (19:28-48)
Jesus the Lord of Lords (20:1-44)
Jesus the Lord of the Poor (20:45-21:4)
Jesus the Lord of History (21:5-38)
Jesus the Lord of Sinners (22:1-62)
Jesus the Lord of Justice (22:63-23:25)
Jesus the Lord of the Cross (23:26-56)

The Story of a Savior Who Lives for His People
The Story of Death Defeated (24:1-12, 36-43)

The Story of All Stories (24:13-35)
The Story We Tell (24:44-53)

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JESUS THE LORD OF SINNERS

Luke 22:1-62
Sermon Discussion

This week Duane takes us back to the Gospel of Luke as we enter the final few days of Jesus life as observed by Dr. Luke.

With Jesus' final days on earth, one thing he makes time for is enjoying the Passover Meal with His disciples. He says he has looked forward to it since the original Passover in Exodus.

What is the most memorable meal you've had? What made it memorable?

Let's read the text (Possibly have a few people take turns reading):

Luke 22: 1-62

1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people.

3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.

7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 So Jesus[fn] sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” 9 They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” 10 He said to them, “Behold when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters 11 and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” 13 And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it[fn] until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise, the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.[fn] 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.

24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you,[fn] that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter[fn] said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus[fn] said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day until you deny three times that you know me.”

35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

47 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant[fn] of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour and the power of darkness.”

54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour, still, another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.


Was there anything that stood out to you from the passage?
Can we learn anything about who God is from the passage?

Duane had 3 points from this chapter of Luke:

The Sinners Meal
The Sinners Prayer
The Sinners Sight

THE SINNERS MEAL:
Jesus sits down with the Disciples to enjoy the Passover feast, a meal to remember what God had done for them leading them out of Egypt. Jesus instructs the disciples about the Lord's Supper or Communion and also tells them to always think of Him when they eat or drink. Every meal is supposed to be a reminder of what Jesus came to do for us.

Why do you think Jesus wanted meals to be a reminder of Him?

How do you remember Jesus work when you have a meal?

THE SINNERS PRAYER:
After the meal Jesus goes to pray on the Mount of Olives, His prayer is incredibly human and tender. Calling God "Father", showing a fear of death, and submitting to God's will.

Which of these displays of humanity Jesus models during his prayer is most shocking to you? Why?

Jesus spends a long time in prayer, showing a great sign of anxiety to the point of sweating blood. In the end, he leaves the burden of His anxiety with His Father sets out to follow his will.

Do you have something causing you anxiety that we can pray about? Is there something blocking you from following God's will for you?

THE SINNERS SIGHT:
After being arrested they take Jesus into the High Priest's house. Peter follows at a distance and waits outside by the fire where he denies knowing Jesus, just as Jesus had told him he would. Right as he finishes denying Jesus a third time he meets Jesus' eye and runs off.

Why do you think Peter ran off?
Peter denied Jesus, Judas earlier in the passage betrayed Jesus, what is the difference?

Peter was caught at a weak moment, full of fear yet Jesus loved Him still and used Peter mightily to spread the gospel.

Did you have any similar weak moments this week where you denied Jesus?

How can we encourage each other to claim and stand beside Jesus and spread the gospel as Peter eventually does?

PRAYER:
Pray with your group that we'd be looking forward to eventually enjoying a meal with Jesus again, that we would cast our anxieties on our Father and that we would be encouraged to claim Jesus in San Diego.