Topic: Jesus Passage: Matthew 26:31–26:35, Matthew 26:36–26:46, Matthew 26:56b
1. Have you ever had a time in your life when those closest to you abandoned you? If you feel comfortable sharing – What did it feel like? How did you respond? Now consider what Christ must have experienced when all His disciples fled.
2. Peter was told that he would three times deny knowing Jesus the night that Christ was taken into custody. Why do you think Peter was so confident of his own courage even though Jesus was clearly telling him what was going to happen? Do you ever have times in your life where you are tempted to view yourself with similar lenses? (ie. when self-confidence can blind you from personal weaknesses or struggles) How can we counteract this very human tendency?
3. Consider Christ in the garden. He is modeling clear signs of psychological, emotional, and physical stress. What was causing Him such duress? (Think about the weight of sin, the pouring out of God’s wrath, and the physical trauma that was to come). Have you ever struggled with similar psychological/emotional stress? Is it comforting to see that Christ also struggled? Why?
4. Three times Christ asked for the cup of suffering to pass from Him, but ultimately God’s will be done. Has there ever been a time in your life where you wanted God to change the circumstances, but you knew it was His will to walk through the struggle? What encouragement do you glean considering the fact that Christ also struggled with His calling?
5. The disciples are seen fleeing from the cross, while Jesus runs right for it. Discuss what it means to you that Jesus would go through this type of suffering for you? What type of response does it illicit from you? (ie. worship, praise, thankfulness etc).