Today is Wednesday, March 28th. The Scriptures are filled with promises and news of hope. Today, we get to read the account of the greatest promise ever made, that was realized before the eyes of the disciples. This promise has changed the lives of millions of people and gives us hope even in a troubled and pain-ridden world. As you read, consider if and how this promise has affected your life. I pray that our hearts would be lifted and joy would be restored to our lives as we see our Lord risen to life. - Peter
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What is the best news you have ever received? How did it affect your life?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Luke 24:1-12]
24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
_What happened when they rolled away the stone? What was their reaction?
_ Who were the two men “in dazzling apparel?”
_ Do you think the disciples believed Jesus when he told them the prophecy spoke in verse 7? Why did the apostles not believe what they were first told by the women in verse 10?
_ What was Peter’s reaction to seeing the empty tomb?
_ Why is this passage so significant? Say in your own words why the resurrection is critical to the Christian faith.
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ What does it mean to you to serve the resurrected Jesus?
_ What does Jesus’s resurrection mean for you?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?