Today is Wednesday, May 29, 2019. “It is finished.” These are some of the most glorious words that the human ear has ever heard. From the moment that Adam and Eve fell into sin in the garden thousands of years ago, humanity has been waiting, longing to hear these words uttered by its savior. Jesus’ proclamation gives believers assurance that God’s wrath has been satisfied, our debts have been paid, the law has been perfectly kept, that there is no other sacrifice that needs to be offered. Jesus has done for us what we could not do for ourselves and he assures us that he left no component of his task undone. There is no work left to be done for our salvation other than to repent and believe. Rejoice this day that it is finished. - Jon
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ John 19:28-30 ]
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
_ How did Jesus know that all was finished?(v. 28)
_ After everything Jesus had endured regarding his crucifiction is he still focused on fulfilling scripture? (v 28)
_ Where do we see this prophecy in scripture? (v 29)
_ What was finished? (v 30)
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)