Community Group Questions
This week we conclude our 7-week sermon series “Last Words” as we take a look at the final words of Jesus from the cross. After all the prophecies relating to His death had been fulfilled, knowing that the time had come, quoting Psalm 31, Jesus calls out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”
At about the same time something remarkable happens…
The earth began to shake, strong enough to split rocks right down the middle. Not only this but the curtain that hung in the temple symbolizing the vast separation between God and man was torn in half. TORN IN HALF!
This was not just another day, and this was not just another crucifixion. And as Jesus cried out His final words, many of those watching would realize, He was not just another man… but surely He was the Son of God!
Read: Luke 23:44-47, Psalm 31:5, Hebrews 10:19-22, Mark 15:37-39, Matthew 27:50-54, 1 Peter 4:19, Hebrews 9:1-9
1. As you look back at all 7 sayings of Jesus from the cross, what is one thing that stands out to you?
2. What did the curtain in the temple represent for the Jews? (Hebrews 9:1-9)
- What is the significance of it having been torn in half? (Hebrews 10:19-22)
- What does this say about Jesus?
3. What was the centurion’s response to seeing what happened when Jesus died?
- What exactly did he see?
- What does his reaction tell us over 2,000 years later?
4. (Luke 23:46) In what way might Jesus’ “Final Words” lead us to trust God in our deepest struggles? (1 Peter 4:19)