The Reactions to Jesus' Death
54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” 55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. (Matthew 27:54-56, ESV)
An Awakened Faith
54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 16:17, ESV)
"...no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:3, ESV)
"And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." (John 12:32, ESV)
55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him,..."
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)
Week 2 - The Reactions to Jesus' Death!
Pastor David preached on the reaction to Jesus’ death from Matthew 27:54-56 this past Sunday. Today’s study will examine another example from scripture of how people react to death. Death is natural and something that we will all face, yet it is still difficult for us to understand—so imagine how hard it is for people to understand something that is not natural, like the resurrection. The resurrection is a hard concept to grasp, especially for non-believers, because it is contrary to our human existence. We know that as humans there is no way to undo or defeat death. But the essence of this objection is precisely why the resurrection is necessary. We cannot undo/defeat death; that’s why CHRIST had to come, to do it for us! But he could not defeat death until He died himself and emerged from death victorious. Tonight in our group study we will look at two passages where Jesus teaches about death and resurrection.
In John 11, a man named Lazarus was deeply loved by his family and friends. Scripture records their reaction to his death as brokenness and mourning. They were disappointed that Jesus did not arrive in time to save him. No doubt they would have done whatever they could have to bring him back…but to them it was not an option…death was final! Little did they know that GOD had a plan and it was for God’s glory through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Read John 11:1-27 aloud as a group:
1. In v.4 Jesus says, “the illness does not lead to death…so that the Son of GOD may be glorified through it.” How was Jesus glorified through Lazarus’ death?
2. What do we see about the disciples in vv.11-15?
3. What do we see about Mary in vv.23-24?
4. What promises can you see in vv.25-26?
5. Read 1 Corinthians 15:53-57 and discuss as a group!
6. How can a biblical view of the resurrection affect the way you view and live your life?
7. Does seeing the reactions of Mary and the disciples—knowing that they both misunderstood Jesus’ message of death and resurrection—encourage or scare you? Why?
The resurrection is not just an antiquated theological concept that is abstract from and inapplicable to our daily lives. It should motivate us every single day; motivate us to obedience, freedom, and to an undeniable state of witness to the power of Jesus Christ to save lives. Take some time this week to reflect and dwell on the importance of the Resurrection in the life of a believer. A passage to review for further on this topic study is 1 Corinthians 15.