Discussion Questions – Week of July 5, 2020

The Day Jesus Died series

Message 1: Getting the Bigger Picture


  1. Have you ever been to Israel? If so, tell us about it. If not, would you like to go?


  1. What caught your attention from this message?


  1. Read Matthew 20:17-20
  • Being the 3rd time that Jesus predicted this to His disciples, what should they have learned? What should they have been prepared for?
  • How do you think you would have responded to Jesus’ plan back then? How you do you read it now?
  • Where is the hope in this passage about his coming death?


  1. Read Psalm 121,130
  • Jesus, when going to Jerusalem a few times a year, and for the last week of his life, traveled to the city through Jericho. With Jericho being the lowest city in the world at 846 feet below sea level and Jerusalem being at 2,500 feet above sea level, there was quite an ascent in the walk.
  • Psalm 120-134 are called the Psalms of Ascents, songs the people of Israel would sing as they ascended up to Jerusalem
  • From Psalm 121,130, what connections can you make to this last week of Jesus’ life in relation to His people?


  1. Read through the major things that happened in the last week of Jesus’ life, and discuss your observations of the timeline…
  • Sunday – Triumphal entry into Jerusalem and then back to Bethany (about 2 miles from Jerusalem)
  • Monday – Drove out the money changers from the Temple – back to Bethany
  • Wednesday – The plot was hatched to take Jesus down while He was in Jerusalem. Back to Bethany for the night.
  • Thursday – Passover celebration in Jerusalem, praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, arrested around midnight
  • Friday – 12-2 a.m. – arrested and taken to house of Caiaphas

2-6 a.m. – Stands trial before Annas, Caiaphas and Sanhedrin

[4:30-6:00 a.m.] – Peter denies knowing Jesus; Judas hangs himself

  • 6:00 a.m. – Jesus taken to Pilate for Roman trial
  • 8:30 a.m. – Jesus begins to carry his cross
  • 9:00 a.m. (Mark 15:25) – Jesus hangs on the cross
  • 12:00-3:00 p.m. – darkness
  • 3:00 p.m. – Jesus dies, the afternoon sacrifice is held, there is an earthquake, and the curtain in the temple is torn in two


  1. Read John 18:31- Why was Pilate and this Roman trial so important to the Jewish leaders?


  1. Read Mark 15:9,10 – What is one way Pilate was trying to release Jesus, and why?


  1. Read Matthew 27:27-31 – What strikes you about this passage? How does it make you feel?


  1. What does this last week of Jesus’ life have to do with you today, and with your future?



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