Posted by: heisourstrongtower | March 16, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 44

“I will keep on obeying your instructions
forever and ever.
I will walk in freedom,
for I have devoted myself to your commandments.
I will speak to kings about your laws,
and I will not be ashamed.” Psalm 119:44-46

Jesus suffered the wrath of my sins and then HE died for me! I must never take His blood sacrifice for granted! Jesus died for me and I need to live for Him!! This means that I will live my life to bring glory to God and to His Son!!! His death allows me to walk, everyday, in freedom and I am devoted to Him! I will speak to others about who He is and what He did for me! I will not be ashamed! Jesus died for me and I WILL live for Him!

Today’s Reading Assignment – Luke 23 & John 18-19

“As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.” Luke 23:55-56

Study Questions for Luke 23

Jesus Before the Civil Leaders (23:1-12)

Why did the religious leaders lead Jesus to Pilate? What were their charges against him? How did Jesus answer Pilate? Through his answer what did Jesus affirm about his kingship and his kingdom?

Even though Jesus just stated a crime legally punishable by death what did Pilate tell the religious leader? Why? Why couldn’t he pronounce the verdict according to his conviction? (5)

Why was Jesus sent to Herod? Why was Herod pleased with seeing Jesus? How did he treat Jesus? (9-11) How does this reveal his superficiality?

What did this event bring about between political rivals? (12) Even though Pilate, Herod and the Jewish leadership had different backgrounds, what did they have in common?

Jesus Before Civilians (23:13-25)

What was Pilate’s judgment concerning Jesus, being guilty or not guilty? (4, 13-15, 22) Why couldn’t he pronounce the verdict according to his conviction?

How did he try to compromise with the Jews? What was Pilate’s final decision? What does this show about him?

Had Jesus ever broke either Roman or God’s law? Even though questioned and tested many times by the religious leaders had they found any? How does their words to Pilate reveal their heart?

“Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.

Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”

“Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?”

Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

Pilate said, “So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” John 18:33-37

Study Questions for John 18

Jesus Was Arrested (18:1-11)

Where did Jesus and his disciples go after Jesus finished praying the high priestly prayer? What did they do there? (See Mt. 26:38,39)

Read verses 2-11. Who came to arrest Jesus? What part did Judas play? What shows that Jesus was in control of the situation? (4-6) How did the mob respond to Jesus? What does this show about Jesus?

What was Jesus’ first concern in this time of crisis? (8; 17:11) Why did he surrender to those arrested Him so easily? (9, 11) What did Peter do? What does this show about him? What does Jesus mean by “the cup the Father has given me”?

Jesus Was Tried (12-40)

Where was Jesus taken? How did the writer identify the legal high priest? How did Peter get into the courtyard of the high priest? What was his unplanned response to the girl’s question? What did he do after that? Why did he speak and act this way?

What did the high priest question Jesus about? How did Jesus answer? Why was he so angry at Jesus’ answer? Who struck Jesus and how did Jesus respond? (See Mt. 26:57-68, 27:1, 2 for details of the Sanhedrin trial.) What can you learn about Jesus here?

In the meantime, what was Simon Peter doing? What happened to him? (25-27) What did he fear? Why was he so weak?

Read about the trial before Pilate (28-40). Why did the Jews hand Jesus over to Pilate? How did this fulfill the words Jesus had spoken? (3:14) Why was Pilate not happy to have Jesus brought to him?

What charge had been brought against Jesus? What did Pilate ask him? How did Jesus respond? When Pilate admitted Jesus’ trial was not his idea, what did Jesus teach him about his kingdom? What does it mean?

What opportunity did Jesus give Pilate to stand on the side of God and truth? What did Pilate really think of Jesus, and how did he attempt to release him? Why did he ask, “What is truth?”

“Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” John 19:11

Bible Reading Plan Day 44
Study Questions for John 19

Jesus Was Arrested to be Crucified (19:1-16a)

Why and how did Pilate mock Jesus’ kingship and have him flogged? What shows his compromising spirit? Why is he ultimately responsible for Jesus’ death? What did Jesus teach Pilate about himself? (7-11)

How did the words and actions of the Jewish leaders show the corruption in their hearts?

Think about the meaning of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and death in light of 2 Co. 5:10; Isa. 53:6; 1 Pe. 2:24; Jn. 10:11.

They Crucified Him (16-27)

Think about the meaning of the crucifixion of Jesus. (See John 1:29, 20:31; Rev. 1:4b-8)

Read verses 16-18 and Isa. 53:7. After Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified, who took charge? Where did they take him? What was done to him?

What can we learn from Jesus’ silence in pain and shame before the power of death?

Read verses 19-22. How did Pilate state his conviction about Jesus? Why did he write it in several languages? Why were the Jews angry? Why did Pilate refuse to change what he had written?

Read verses 23-24. What did the soldiers do? Instead of soldier spirit, what occupied their hearts? How did the writer view their actions? (24; Ps. 22:18)

Read verses 25-27. Who were the good people who stood near the cross? How did Jesus help them? What can we learn here about Jesus’ humanity? What can we learn from him about the cost and the beauty of obedience to God’s will? (Heb. 5:8,9)

The Death of Jesus (28-37)

Read verses 28-30. When and why did Jesus say, “I am thirsty”? What did he say after drinking the vinegar? (29-30) What can we learn from his sense of mission and his spirit? (See John 6:63) How did John see this?

Read verses 31-37. Why did the soldiers break the legs of the other two men on the crosses? Why did they not break Jesus’ legs? What did they do instead? What is the testimony of John? (See scripture in footnote.) What is the purpose of his testimony? (Compare John 20:31)

Think about the meaning of Jesus’ shed blood (John 1:29; 1 John 1:7)

The Burial of Jesus (38-42)

Who buried Jesus? What information is given about Joseph? How was he changed by Jesus’ crucifixion? Find Nicodemus’ previous appearance in this gospel. What did he now contribute to Jesus’ burial? How was he changed by Jesus on the cross?

What is the significance of Jesus’ burial by two dignitaries?


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