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Luke 23:26-56

Pastor’s note: some of the audio isn’t very clear – much of our time was working in groups with the Bible passages listed below, to see what they had to say about Jesus’s work on the cross. You should join us sometime – the audio is always better in person!



We cannot understand the full meaning of the cross of Christ. We can only stand in silence before it, acknowledge its wonder, and submit to its power.

Stanley Grenz in Theology for the Community of God

Jesus’ Death as Our Example

  • Philippians 2:3-8
  • 1 Peter 2:21-23
  • Ephesians 5:2

Jesus’ Death as Our Ransom

  • Ephesians 1:7
  • 1 Timothy 2:6
  • Titus 2:14
  • 1 Peter 1:18

Jesus’ Death as Our Expiation

  • Hebrews 2:17
  • Romans 3:25-26
  • 1 John 2:2; 4:10

Jesus is our Reconciliation

  • Romans 5:10-11
  • Ephesians 2:11-22
  • Colossians 1:19-20
  • 2 Corinthians 5:18

If I Tell You, You Won’t Believe Me

Luke 22:66-71, 23:1-25

Jesus is surprisingly silent

He could have said more

Why didn’t he try to convince them of who he was?

Luke 22:67

“If I tell you, you won’t believe me”

Using words alone doesn’t work

If it didn’t work for Jesus to convince people he was God – what chance do I have?

Image: Conversion Process

  • The Prayers of the 72
  • The Spiritual Battle
  • The Hand of God
  • Friendships
  • Kingdom Experiences
  • The Story of Jesus

There is Hope

Luke 23:47

Betrayal // Arrest // Denial

Luke 22:39-62





(not surprised)




Handout for Spiritual Examination and Confession

 Psalm 32

1 John 1:8-9

Questions for Reflection

  1. Does your confession tend to be along the lines of “Forgive my sins, dear Lord” rather than specifically naming your sins one by one before the face of God?
    What does the lack of specific confession do to self-awareness?
  2. What experiences have affected your ability to give and receive forgiveness?
  3. When have you tasted the joy of forgiveness?
    What was that like for you?

Signs of the Times

Luke 21:5-38

Five Major Topics

  1. Warnings Against Deception (vv. 5–11)
  2. Encouragement During Persecution (vv. 12–19)
  3. The Destruction Of Jerusalem (vv. 20–24)
  4. Future Events (vv. 25–28)
  5. Assurances Concerning These Events (vv. 29–36).

Nine Exhortations

  1. Do not follow false leaders (v. 8)
  2. Do not be frightened by the awesome events associated with the end times in apocalyptic literature (vv. 9–11)
  3. Do not worry about your legal defense when you are persecuted and face legal charges because of your Christian witness (vv. 12–16)
  4. When all turn against you, persevere and take a firm stand (vv. 17–19)
  5. Flee Jerusalem when it is besieged (vv. 20–24)
  6. When the final apocalyptic events (the portents in heaven and on earth) do take place, take heart at your coming redemption when the Son of Man returns (vv. 25–28)
  7. Recognize also that these things point to the approach of the kingdom of God (vv. 29–31)
  8. Be assured that throughout the apocalyptic period the Lord’s words endure (vv. 32–33)
  9. Be watchful and pray so that you will come through all these things in a way the Son of Man will approve of (vv. 34–36)



How do you apply these signs of the end of the age to your own life?

Jesus Goes Postal

Text: Luke 19:37-45


“Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Psalm 118:26
Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!” Luke 2:14


Some of the Pharisees said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers.”
Jesus replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”

Tears & Prophecy

Jesus wept not just over Lazarus’s death
Jesus loved Jerusalem and the nation of Israel.

He saw the rebellion against Rome forming in their spirits, and he knew it would result in a military retaliation that would crush them.

Jesus At The Temple

Drives Out
It Is Written
Stays to Teach

Focus: Jesus in Temple

Included in all four Gospels
• Matthew 21:23-27
• Mark 11:15-18
• overturned the tables of the money changers
• John 2:13-16
• made a whip out of cords
• Ephesians 4:26 ESV “Be angry and do not sin; ”

Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark & Luke)
• “My house will be a house of prayer”
• [for all nations] not in Luke quoting Isaiah 56:7
• You have made it a den of robbers
• Jeremiah 7:11
• Do you think it’s possible to “Be angry and do not sin”?
• Reflect on Luke 19:45-46. When is it justifiable to use force to rebuke sin?

Your Mission

should you choose to accept it

Luke 19:28-40

Before the “Triumphal Entry”


The Mission:


How it went down


Questions for discussion

  • What are the implications for us today?
  • Do you have any examples from your own life?

Possible with God

Luke 19:1-10

“What is impossible with men is possible with God” – Luke 18:18-30


Chief Tax Collector

and he was rich

Jesus sees Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus’s response 

Salvation & Restitution 


Memory Verse:

The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10



  1. Zacchaeus wanted to catch a glimpse of the Lord. What form did your curiosity about Christ take before you trusted in him?
  2. What do you think about Zacchaeus’s desire to make restitution?