Thoughts and questions, w. b. 14/3/21
We are aware from this reading that Jesus is coming towards the end of His earthly Ministry. The opposition is closing in and He is advised that, for His own safety, it would be best if He moved away.
What we do know, with examples such as Nicodemus, is that He did have friends who were part of the Pharisees, and it could well have been some supporting Pharisees who inform Him that danger is drawing in.
- If asked, what would you say was the reason that Herod wanted to kill Jesus? – v31
- How would you describe Jesus’ Ministry, in a couple of sentences?
- How important, considering the previous question, for you, was deliverance and healing? – v32
- What would you describe Jesus’ goal as?
- What are your thoughts on Jesus’ phrase that “no prophet can die outside Jerusalem”? – v33
- What do you think Jesus’ reference to a mother hen and chicks meant? – v34
- What are your thoughts on the house of Jerusalem being left desolate? – v35
- When does the last part of verse 35 remind you of?
- What do you think it means to ‘come in the name of the Lord’? Could we ever claim to do this?
Jesus, it appears, had a real love for the people of Jerusalem, with His concern turning our thoughts to a mother hen and chicks. I think it’s fair to assume that He has the same concern for the people of our town.
I have suggested that one word to summarise the Bible is ‘Love’ – God’s love, and Jesus’ love. The writer to the Hebrews put this (Hebrews 10:24):
‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.’
- How could we do this?