In today’s passage, John is saying: “let me prove it to you...I saw it with my own eyes...our Lord and our God (who said without hesitation “I Am”) paid the price in His human body, and He paid dearly with the most precious of currencies that flow in it: blood and water. In this passage we find the fulfillment of numerous prophecies. Moreover, we find the last act of brutal violence as a result of our Savior submitting Himself unto death that we “may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings.” -- Amy
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 19:31-37 ]
31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; 33 but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. 36 For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
_ How did not breaking Jesus’ legs fulfill prophetic Scripture? Look back at Psalms 34:20 (v. 33)
_ Take a minute to read Zechariah 12:10. Verse 34 fulfills a prophecy, but what does it also say about what is to come?
_ Why is it important that John saw these things fulfilled? (v. 36)
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
_ We are free to offer back to God anything and everything. When it came to redeeming us, He offered everything. If you feel there are areas where you may be holding back, pray that He would always keep with you the raw reality of passages like the one above, and that He would empower you to walk completely in His will.
+ 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)