Posted by: heisourstrongtower | March 18, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 46

“Remember your promise to me;
it is my only hope.
Your promise revives me;
it comforts me in all my troubles.
The proud hold me in utter contempt,
but I do not turn away from your instructions.
I meditate on your age-old regulations;
O Lord, they comfort me.” Psalm 119:49-52

Today’s Reading Assignment – Luke 24 & John 20-21

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter. Luke 24:32-34

Study Questions for Luke 24

He Has Risen (1-12)

Who went to Jesus’ tomb very early in the morning? Why? What might have been their concern on the way? What did they find when they arrived at the tomb?

Who were the two men in the tomb? What was the response of the women as they entered the tomb and found out what was going on there? How did the men gently rebuke the women? What good news did they give the women? Which of Jesus’ words did they remind them of?

How were the women changed as they remembered Jesus’ words? What did they do? To whom did they deliver the first resurrection message?

How did the apostles respond to their message? What did Peter do? What was his reaction as he saw what had happened in the tomb? How was Peter different from the women?

On the Road to Emmaus (13-35)

Who were the two men who were going to Emmaus? What were they discussing? What do you think kept them from recognizing the Risen Jesus who joined them? Why were they downcast even after they heard that Jesus was alive?

What can you learn about their thoughts concerning Jesus through the story they told to the Risen Jesus? How did they reveal their despair?

How and why did Jesus rebuke them? How did he try to teach them about Christ and the resurrection? What happened when they recognized the Risen Jesus as they shared bread with him?

What did they say to each other when they recognized him? What did they do when they were convinced of his resurrection? What can we learn about the changing power of Jesus’ resurrection through the changed attitudes and actions of the disciples?

Jesus Appears to the Disciples (36-49)

What did the Risen Jesus say when he visited the disciples? How did they respond? How did he convince them of his resurrection? Why was it hard for them to believe even after seeing him? What did he prove to them by eating in their presence?

How did he help their faith and how did he open their minds? What mission and promise did he give them?

The Ascension (50-53)

Describe Jesus’ ascension into heaven. How does Jesus’ ascension give the hope of Jesus’ second coming to his disciples? (Acts 1:9-11) What did they do after his ascension? How were the disciples changed after believing Jesus’ resurrection?

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:19-23

Study Questions for John 20

The Empty Tomb (1-9)

On which of the women who went to the tomb early Sunday morning does John focus? (1a; Mt. 28:1; Lk. 24:10)

Where had she been during the crucifixion and burial? (19:25, 40-42; Lk. 23:55) Why did she go to the tomb? (Mk. 16:1)

What did she notice? (1b) What did she do? (2a) What conclusion did she draw? (2b)

Notice how John identifies himself (2; 19:26) Why do you think he spoke of himself this way?

How did Peter and John react? (3) What does this show us about the character of each one? (4-7a)

What did John observe inside the tomb? (7b-9) What was puzzling about the strips of linen and the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head?

What did John think about what he saw? (8) What does the author’s parenthetical comment mean? (9)

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene (10-18)

After the disciples went home, what did Mary do? (10-12) What did she see and hear? (13a) What reason did Mary give for crying? (13b)

Why didn’t she recognize him? (14) When Jesus spoke to her, how did she answer? (15)

What does this scene reveal about Jesus? (16a) When did she recognize him? (16b) About Mary?

What mission did Jesus give Mary? (17) What did this message mean? What was the good news she told them? (18)

feed my sheep

“After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”

“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”

“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.” John 21:15-17

Study Questions for John 21

Come and Have Breakfast (1-14)

To what does “Afterward” refer? (1a) What had the Risen Christ done in chapter 20? (20:17; 21-22; 27, 28)

Where were the disciples now? (1b) Which disciples were there? (2)

What were they doing? (3a) How might Peter and the others have felt after fishing all night? (3b) What was their spiritual condition?

Why was Jesus standing on the shore that early morning? (4; Mt. 26:32) How did he greet them? (5) How did he restore their fishing failure? (6)

What similar event had happened 3 year before? (Lk. 5:4-5) What dream had been born in Peter at that time? How had Peter failed as a disciple? (Jn. 13:37, 38)

Why didn’t they recognize Jesus? Who recognized him first? (7a) What did Peter do? (7b)

What was his attitude toward Jesus? What reveals that his heart was restored? (7, 11)

What did the other disciple do? (8) What did Jesus prepare for them? (9)

Why did Jesus invite his disciples? (10, 12a) What did find in the net? (11, Lk. 5:6-7)

Why couldn’t his disciples ask any question to Jesus? (12b) How did the Risen Jesus continue to show his disciples his unchanging love for them? (13; Heb. 13:8; Rev. 3:20b; 2 Cor. 5:17)

Feed My Sheep (15-25)

After breakfast, what did Jesus ask Peter? (15a) Why did he ask the same question three times?

How is this question different each time? (15, 16, 17) (See Mt. 26:33; Jn. 13:37 for Peter’s previous confessions of love ad loyalty.)

On what basis could Peter’s love relationship with Jesus be restored? (1 Jn. 4:19)

How did Peter answer? (15, 16, 17) Why was Jesus’ question hard for Peter to answer? (Mt. 26:74, 75)

How has the basis of Peter’s love for Jesus changed? (See Peter’s words in 1 Peter 2:24) (Why must we love God?–Think about the Biblical meaning of loving God in Proverbs 1:7)

What did Jesus tell Peter to do to show his love for Jesus? (15b, 16b, 17b) What had Jesus taught them about being a good shepherd? (10:11)

Why must a shepherd love Jesus first? Why was it important to reinstate Peter as a chief shepherd? (Mk. 6:34)

What does verse 18 tell us about Peter’s life as a sheep? About his future life and death as a shepherd? What does this life of mission have to do with human freedom?

What is involved in Jesus’ invitation to mission? (19) What is the alternative to living and dying for the glory of God? Why is the life of mission glorious?

What did Peter ask about John? (20) Why? What did Jesus teach him? (21-23) Why must a decision for follow Jesus in a life of mission be a personal matter? (23) Why is this the way to a truly happy life?

What does verse 25 show us about Jesus and John’s Gospel?


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