As a child, how was punishment handled in your family?
1. Discuss your thoughts and observations about the video. What stood out to you?
2. Jesus’s ultimate purpose in coming to earth in human form at Christmas was to be the sacrifice for our sin. The concept of a sacrifice as payment for sin begins much further back in the story of human beings, when the nation of Israel was in slavery in Egypt. They cried out to God to free them. God appointed Moses to lead the people, and after much battling with Pharaoh to release them, read the final instructions in Exodus 12:21-28.
a. What do you think a “lasting ordinance for you and your descendants” means?
b. Why do you think this was important?
3. As a result of this “lasting ordinance,” read what John the Baptist says about Jesus nearly 1,500 years later in John 1:29. What is he actually telling people about Jesus?
4. Have different people read the following verses, answering the questions below after each passage: Hebrews 9:22; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:7-8; Hebrews 7:27; Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 2:1-2.
a. What do these verses tell us about sin?
b. What do they tell us about Jesus?
5. Read Acts 2:37-39. How can we receive Jesus’s sacrifice? What will happen if we do?
CHECK THE MIRRORS
1. What are some ways you see people “sacrifice” (try to cover up, manage, or pay) for their own sin in today’s world? Does it work?
2. What are some ways you could intentionally live with more awareness of Jesus’s sacrifice on a daily basis throughout the year? How might those changes appear to the people around you?
3. If this discussion has raised questions in your mind, or you want to learn more about how to follow Jesus or being baptized on Easter weekend, please talk with your group leader.
GIVE A LIFT
Think about some ways you can bring God’s comfort individually or as a group to others between now and the end of April. Visit http://www.eastside.com/localserve/ for ways to serve together.
[Optional Expanded Discussion]
1. What aspect of the crucifixion do you think may have been the worst for Jesus: physical pain, separation from God, the weight of sin? Why?
2. Read Exodus 26:33-34, and Exodus 40:17-21. Then compare Matthew 27:51. What is the significance of the curtain in these passages?
3. In today’s evangelism, do you think believers adequately understand God’s holiness? Why or why not? Has the torn curtain made it “easy” to live life on our own terms? Have you seen or had to deal with situations in your ministry because of a lack of understanding about holiness? How might a better understanding of God’s holiness change the lives of believers?