March 11, 2011 – April 22, 2011
Reactions & People of the Passion
What do you make of a crucified Messiah? As the Bible tells the Passion story of Christ’s last few days, his crucifixion, and his resurrection it names and records Christ’s interactions with a few specific individuals. In this Groundwork series we study the gospel of Matthew to discover the reactions to Jesus and the people he meets on his journey from Palm Sunday to the cross and finally his resurrection Easter morning. As we observe these interactions we will discuss how these individuals help us recognize ourselves in the story, how Jesus challenges our perceptions, and how the glory of our Savior and Lord is revealed.
Episodes in this Series
March 11 , 2011
We all know the Palm Sunday* story. Jesus sends his disciples to get the donkey, which of course happens exactly as he says it will. Then he rides the donkey into Jerusalem as people sing Hosana! , wave branches, and lay down their cloaks for his path. But that is only part of the day. What else happened on the day we celebrate as Palm Sunday?
March 18 , 2011
Every story has its players. In Matthew's story of Christ's journey to the cross, Judas is one of the strategic players. Yet apart from the one big thing we know, we really know very little about him. So what type of character is he? What should we learn from Judas today?
March 25 , 2011
As Jesus journeys to the cross, he endures two separate trials -- one with religious leaders and the other with political leaders. Why do the religious leaders factor into this story and why does Matthew name Caiaphas? Who is Caiaphas and how does he help us find ourselves in this story?
April 1 , 2011
Have you ever denied Jesus? Most of us probably have at one time or another, probably without even realizing it! That was certainly the case for Peter, the faithful follower of Jesus who denied him not once, but three times. In what ways do we deny Jesus today? Is there any hope for us?
April 8 , 2011
Have you ever tried to pass the buck? Maybe you tried to shift the blame of a bad outcome or missed deadline to someone else so that the guilt you felt might lessen. During Jesus' journey to the cross, Pilate is the character in the story that plays the blame game. So what can we learn from Pilate today?
April 15 , 2011
With the Hosanna cries of Palm Sunday still fresh, we look ahead to the crucifixion. Churches have special services to commemorate it. And no one questions it is at the core of Christian faith. As we spiritually find ourselves at the foot of the cross this season, we wonder, what did Christ's death on the cross accomplish?
April 22 , 2011
Christ is Risen! People in churches all over the world greet each other with these words around Easter. There's excitement and anticipation as we remember and celebrate Christ's defeat of death. But even at Easter, believer may still have questions like, now what? Christ is Risen, he has completed his mission and saved humans from the trap of sin, but now what? What does it mean for our lives now as we follow him?