Christ the King

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Small Group Material: 
Week Commencing: 
21 Nov 2010
Bible Base: 
Luke 23:1-12 and 32-43, Colossians 1:15-20

1)      Read together Luke 23:1-12 and 32-49
2)      How do the religious leaders portray Jesus to Pilate? Why would the charges concern Pilate?
3)      In what ways do the soldiers mock Jesus as king? (Look also at Mark 15:16-20)
4)      What things does Jesus do and say that demonstrate the nature of his kingship? In what ways does he show that he has not been defeated?
5)      How did Jesus lived out the sermon on the Mount on Good Friday?
6)      At the end of Good Friday whose power seemed to have won?
 
7)      Read together Colossians 1:15-20
8)      Go through the passage verse by verse – pick out all the things that it says about Jesus.
9)      What does the passage say about powers and authorities (such as Rome and the religious leaders) in relation to Jesus?
10)   This passage was written not more than 30 years after the events of Good Friday. How could Paul possibly write such things about the one crucified on Good Friday?
 
11)   Read together Colossians 2:13-15
12)   How has Christ defeated sin and death?
13)   How did he defeat the powers and authorities? Whose power triumphed in the end (despite the appearances at the end of Good Friday)?
 
14)   We see in these passages that the final triumph is that of Christ the King. The ways of the world with their reliance on brute force, military power and political intrigue do not triumph in the end. The way of Christ that he teaches in the Sermon on the Mount and lives out on the first Good Friday does triumph in the end. Share situations in which you are tempted to follow the way of the world rather than the way of Christ. How do this week’s passages encourage you?