It is Thursday April 11, 2019. I hope you have had a productive week, walking in step with our Savior. As we continue in John’s narrative we discover Jesus entering into the city of Jerusalem, being received as a king. May we receive Christ in this way each new day of our lives. - Joey
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 12.12-19 ]
12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey's colt!”
16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”
_ In v.12 what crowd came to meet him? (Look at v.17)
_ In v.13-14 what is the significance of the palm branches combined with the crowd “crying out” Hosanna (Lord save)?
_ In v.13b What are some of the things the crowd ascribes to Jesus?
_ In v. 14-15 What connection is John making between Jesus riding in on a donkey and Zechariah 9.9?
_ In v.16 Why did the crowd go to meet him
_ in v.17b and 18 what witness were they bearing about him and why?
_ In v.19 what is the Pharisee’s response?
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
_ Do you receive Jesus as the crowd received Jesus that day? In a posture of worship, celebration and proclamation?
_ What would it look like for you to receive Jesus as he enters into the gates of your life tomorrow?
+ 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)