Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bible Study - The Passion of the Messiah: Part 1 (Matthew 26:1-30)

The story of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection is the longest single narrative in the whole of the Gospel, and though it takes place over several days and has many scenes, it forms a cohesive whole. We’ll be working through this over the next few weeks.
  • Read Matthew 26:1-30. We now enter into the story of Jesus’ passion (suffering). This is a well-known part of the gospel story so try to hear it with fresh ears. What stands out to you?
  • In the story of the Anointing at Bethany (23:6-13) why do you think Jesus makes such a big deal about what the woman does (verse 13)? How is this woman an essential part of the gospel story? Remember that the word Messiah (or Christ) means ‘Anointed One.’
  • Read Exodus 12:1-32. What do you think is the significance of Jesus explaining his death in terms of the Passover? How might the Exodus story help us understand the saving nature of Jesus’ death? How is God’s saving act in Jesus different from what we find in the Exodus?

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