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Week of April 5, 2020

Jesus, the Innocent? If he really was innocent, why was Jesus sentenced to death?

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Passage for the Week

38 ...After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. 39 But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40 They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.
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Discussion Questions

Each person in the family share:

  1. According to the sermon message, why did Jesus die?
    a. Pilate was to blame for delivering Jesus to be crucified.
    b. Caiaphas was to blame for bringing Jesus to Pilate to be sentenced.
    c. Jesus died because he believed that was the only way to defeat evil and set people free from their sins.
    d. All of the above
    (answer at the bottom)  
  1. Pilate was afraid of losing his position and wanted to look good in front of important religious leaders. Have you ever not spoken up or not done the right thing out of fear of what others would think? Share.
  1. Have you ever been willing to give up something for someone you love? Or, do you know of a situation where a person was willing to sacrifice something significant for someone they love? If so, please share. Jesus gave up his life for all sinners, for us!
  1. Jesus demonstrated his love for us–that while we were still sinners he died for us–out of great love for us. So, out of love for him, what will you try to do better this week? What will you work on changing in your life to honor Jesus?

Pray

Pray silently, or if you feel comfortable, share your prayer:

Confess your sin, thank Jesus for being willing to die for your sin, tell him what you are going to work on changing, and ask him for help to change.

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Memory Verse

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation* for our sins.

1 John 4:10  
*Propitiation means that as Jesus was crucified he experienced the full wrath of God. Our sin is deserving of God’s wrath and punishment but Jesus bore the wrath that we deserved, and by faith in Jesus we are totally forgiven! Jesus did what we could never do on our own!  

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

John 1:12

Family Action Steps

Practice forgiveness this week. Who can you forgive? If no one comes to mind, look for an opportunity this week that might arise to accuse, blame or forgive someone. Choose to forgive. Make your motivation out of love for Jesus; remember, He forgave you first.

Is there something you would be willing to take on or give up this week for someone you care about? Do it in love, with joy. (Example: taking care of someone else’s household chores.)

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