The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric begins our series Remembering the Cross with a sermon entitled “The Arrest, Trial & Sentencing of Jesus”

Matthew 26-27
Ice Breaker: What was the first full time job you ever had?
1. Read Luke 23:13-16. After Pilate stated he found no guilt in Jesus, why did he still have him scourged?
2. During his trial Jesus remained silent before his accusers (Matthew 27:11-14) – find the Old Testament prophecy this fulfilled. Why do you think he didn’t answer?
3. In Matthew 26:56 Jesus noted that “all this has taken place that the Scriptures… might be fulfilled”, showing how God is sovereign and in complete control. Find one additional verse from each of the gospels that illustrates this.
4. How does the sovereignty of God illustrated above give you comfort and encouragement?
5. In Peter 2:19-24 he points to the submission and sufferings of Christ as an example for us to follow when suffering unjustly. What challenges do you face when you experience injustice and what can you to do overcome them?
6. Read Matthew 26:51-54. How are you like Peter when you’re tempted to fight spiritual battles by natural means? What can you do to fulfill Paul’s exhortation in Ephesians 6:12-13?
7. In this same passage we also see that Jesus avoids the temptation to use his own power and authority and submits to the Father’s will instead (see vv. 53-54). How can we avoid the temptation to deviate from God’s will when we are enabled to do something differently?
8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?


“The Christian community is a community of the cross, for it has been brought into being by the cross, and the focus of its worship is the Lamb once slain, now glorified.” – John Stott