- Discussion Questions:
- 1- Jesus is often called the “Son of Man” in the Bible, does that simply mean that He was the “son” of a “man” (Joseph) or did that have a more important meaning? Why, then, is it so special that Jesus is the “Son of Man”?
- 2- Both Jesus’ followers as well as those who hated Him spoke of Jesus as being a “miracle-worker.” How did His followers explain these miracles? [Who gave Him this power?] How did His opponents explain these miracles? [Who gave Him this power?]
- 3- Let’s say you bump into a friend who says, “Miracles are impossible, they go against the laws of nature!” What would you say?
- 4- In some crime scenes, leaving a thumb-print identifies the ONLY possible suspect. Jesus fulfilled over 40 Old Testament prophecies, could anyone else have done this? Can you name a few prophecies He fulfilled? [think about Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, Daniel 7, and Isaiah 9]
- 5- What is Jesus doing now that He has ascended into Heaven? Is He just taking a break from ministering to us or is He active? [check out 1 John 2:1, Hebrews 4:14-16, and Hebrews 7:23-25)
- Memory Verse:
- “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
~ Son of Man
- On the surface, it sounds kind of irrelevant for Jesus to be called the “Son of Man.” After all, you are a son or daughter of a man and woman – not overly impressive, if that’s all the title means. The “Son of Man” is actually an incredible title that goes back into the Old Testament, Daniel 7:13-14 to be exact. There, we read of the “Son of Man” who is in the presence of the “Ancient of Days” (God the Father), and is promised a kingdom. Unlike kingdoms and nations that rise and fall (Greece, Rome, Turkey, Spain, even the USA), Jesus will one day rule this world and wipe out the problems of sin, pain, suffering, and heartache forever. What’s the good news about Jesus being the “Son of Man”? It means we have a King who will take back this sin-cursed world and transform it into what it was it created for: peace, love, joy, and mostly importantly, the worship of the One True God.
- Hockey isn’t a very popular sport down in the South, but you may have at least heard of the movie, “Miracle.” It’s the story of how the 1980 USA hockey team won the gold medal in the Olympics, against all odds. A lot of people look at the extremely “unlikely” things in life and say “that’s a miracle.” But here’s the thing: Jesus did the extremely “impossible.” You can’t just heal the blind and the crippled, raise the dead (John 11), walk on water, feed thousands with one boy’s lunch, and rise from the dead yourself – but according to the Bible, Jesus did. While His followers believed that God’s power was within Him, those who hated Jesus claimed that Satan gave Him the power. What do you believe?
~ Promised Messiah
- God’s people longed for their promised Savior (Messiah) to finally come. The descriptions about this Messiah from Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 are clearly about His death as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sin. Before He could be the Kingdom ruler (“Son of Man”), He became a servant who suffered – “the cross precedes the crown.” Why should we think that as Christians life will be easy? No, to be like Jesus, we will go through trials and difficulty. While false teachers announce that you can have “Your Best Life Now,” Jesus says “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Why on earth would you do that? Because the cross (your daily decision to being a follower of Jesus, even at the cost of pain) precedes the crown.