The finale of this season is upon us! We sincerely hope that reading through the Scriptures as you watch this production has pointed you to Christ and Christ alone. We have no desire to be movie critics or provide mere reviews of a film. We have only tried to use this series as a tool to point to the one and only authority, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. With that in mind, let’s dive into week 8!
Jesus mentions several times that he’s not there to bring more “status quo” or “safety”, nor is he here to deliver them from their oppressive government. What is Jesus’ purpose in coming and in bringing His disciples to follow him?
With prophecies about other nations/peoples eventually being counted as “God’s people,” why do you think that was such a difficult truth for the Jewish people to grasp?
“I desire mercy, not sacrifice” – In this episode, Jesus tells the Pharisees to go and learn what this passage from Hosea means. What does it mean?
Nicodemus and his wife are depicted as having a conversation regarding Hagar and how God acknowledged her (Genesis 16:10-13). So, do you think God just sees us through the hard roads, or are there times when he actually calls us to them?
Has there ever been a time in your life where you were as excited about Jesus as the woman at the well was? How excited was Simon to finally get to spread the message publicly? Are you excited about who Jesus is? What should we be doing?
It’s week 6 of our “The Chosen” reading plan! We hope these last several weeks have encouraged you and given you renewed vigor in your mission as a disciple of Christ. If you aren’t yet committed to be a disciple of Jesus, we hope that going through these readings and watching these episodes has been the encouragement you need to follow the one and only way, truth, and life (John 14:6).
If you’re behind, take the time and catch up. I guarantee you it’ll be worth it.
Why is it so provocative that Jesus calls Matthew to follow him? How might that Romans 8 passage apply to that, and how does it apply to you?
Leprosy was a disease which the Jews supposed to be inflicted for the punishment of some particular sin, and to be, more than other diseases, a mark of God’s displeasure; and therefore Christ, who came to take away sin, and turn away wrath took particular care to cleanse the lepers that fell in his way. Jesus’s apostles were amazed when they saw the leper healed. Do we still see the works of God with amazement? If not, are we following Him close enough to see them?
Concerning the Luke 12 passage, we need to keep our lamps burning! Matthew told Gaius in this episode, “Conquest is not simply conquering nations but imposing a way of life.” What parallel is there between this statement to Jesus’s purpose as well as this scripture?
Simon doesn’t understand why Jesus asked him to join him. Do I ever wonder why Jesus asked me to join Him? How does Simon figure out his purpose? How can I figure out mine?
1. I think we can all relate to Simon in a way. We all have various stresses, deadlines, and are pulled between right and wrong. How can you personally relate to his predicament?
2. John the Baptist is referred to as a “loud man in camel skin” by the Pharisees, who were upset at the questioning of their authority. Does Nicodemus seem to begin to realize what is going on at this point?
3. Simon is at first in doubt upon hearing the news of the Messiah. Have you ever struggled with doubt? How did you find God during your time of doubt?
4. Jesus performs the miracles of the catching of fish, which solves Simon’s biggest stress. When has Jesus come into your life and poured down his grace and love when you least expected it? How?
5. Did you see Jesus’ look when Peter and Andrew were hauling in the massive amount of fish, knowing they were having a breakthrough moment in their faith? How do you think Jesus looks at us when we also have those moments?
Other passages to check out:
Title of the episode based on Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Messiah – Matthew 16:13-20
A later miraculous catch, possibly serving as a renewal and restoration for Peter after his denial – John 21:1-19
Later passages on John the baptizer – Matthew 11:1-19, Matthew 14:1-12
God rested on the 7th day. He wants us to rest in Him (Matthew 11:28). Rest is a gift! Are you accepting that gift? How can you honor God through rest?
Knowing that Matthew becomes one of Jesus’ disciples, what significance is presented by Praetor Quintus’s comment to Matthew (about betraying his people)?
Simon Peter and Andrew were in a difficult position. What do you think about Peter’s attempt and methods to handle the situation?
Mary shares a great testimony to Nicodemus saying, “I was one way, and now I am completely different, and the thing that happened in between was Him.” Not even sure who Jesus was at the time, she makes a powerful statement: “I will know him for the rest of my life.” Thoughts?
Which Sabbath dinner depicted was Jesus a part of? Which Sabbath dinner would you have been at?
It’s interesting to see how the religious and political environment looked in Jesus’ day. What kind of people did Jesus spend the least and most time with? What do you think of Nicodemus’ comment “we are men God, it is not our custom to enter the red quarter”?
What did you think of how Matthew the tax collector and Simon Peter were portrayed?
What do you think about Nicodemus’ question, “What if we’re not seeing the whole picture?”? How do you think that will influence his perspective moving forward?
“I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, you are mine.” How can we remind ourselves of this truth and live it out practically?
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