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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?