“The Case for Christ” DVD Study Questions for Student Ministries (3 of 3)

“The Case for Christ” Video {3 of 3}

~ Discussion Questions:

  • 1- According to the Bible, Jesus died and He resurrected three days later…so why is that good news?
  • 2- Three days after Jesus’ crucifixion, the people who had first discovered that Jesus was alive were women. If you were to create a fake resurrection story (as some critics say) back in the culture of Jesus’ lifetime, would it be smart idea to say that women were the first eyewitnesses? Why is this an important question?
  • 3- Even back in Jesus’ day, His enemies were trying to make up a story about how Jesus was no longer to be found in his tomb. What was this story [read Matthew 28:12-13 to find out]?
  • 4- How courageous were Jesus’ disciples before His resurrection? What about afterwards? Pretty big difference, right?
  • 5- Why is the resurrection important? Can you share at least two reasons?

 

~ Memory Verse:

  • ““I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.” (John 11:25) [HCSB]

 

~  Jesus’ Death

  • People have tried to come up with all kinds of theories about Jesus’ death. But think about this: “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water” (John 19:34). Many scientists believe this was actually from a ruptured heart, and overall, is it reasonable to believe that a man could survive crucifixion? Seriously, if the Roman soldiers were to have gone to college in our day, they would major in killing people as cruelly as possible – in other words, they were really good at making sure people died, otherwise they (the soldiers) would be killed for not doing their job. So really, we’re left with three options: (1) Jesus died and His body was stolen (2) Jesus miraculously didn’t die (3) Jesus died and resurrected three days later. The last two options require miracles to be possible, and so that doesn’t settle well with skeptics. So was it the first option? Matthew 28:12-13 includes this very accusation, and really, it wasn’t very compelling to Jesus’ disciples. In fact, why would you risk your life to take a dead body out of a tomb? No, the most believable scenario is that option 2 or 3 happened – and if God performed a miracle, why wouldn’t He perform the miracle of raising Jesus from the dead?

 

~  Jesus’ Empty Tomb

  • We haven’t found the body of Jesus in almost 2,000 years of history. There were, however, eyewitnesses to Jesus’ empty tomb who saw not a dead body of Jesus, but a living one. Luke 24 tells us that a group of women were actually the first to witness the resurrected Jesus. Now here’s the thing: if you were going to make up a story about Jesus rising from the dead, you would NOT have women be the first eyewitnesses. Back in the first century, women were not trusted as much as men. It would be a very foolish thing to say that women were the first eyewitnesses – unless, of course, the account was true. And not only women saw Jesus, but also His disciples, and hundreds of other followers (see 1 Corinthians 15).

 

~  Jesus’ Resurrection

  • If you’ve seen The Hunger Games movie or read the book, then you probably remember how a couple of districts always had the strongest tributes to send to the “hunger games” battle, whereas other districts were not quite as powerful. Now, to make a comparison with the disciples, let’s just say that they weren’t as naturally courageous as some – at least not before the resurrection. In other words, they were the underdogs and the outcasts to be chosen for a dangerous assignment. Peter denied Jesus three times on the eve of Jesus’ crucifixion despite Peter’s original intentions; the other disciples abandoned Jesus too. However, after Jesus rose from the dead, these men were transformed by God – they were willing to do anything for Christ. Most of the disciples were killed for their faith, but none denied Jesus in their greatest of struggles. But the only reason why there was such a change is because they met the resurrected Savior and God Himself empowered them to proclaim the Gospel to every nation. So here’s the thing: if Jesus really did rise from the grave, you can’t just say “Man, what a good teacher!” Plenty of people can and have tried to claim themselves to be a savior from God, but only Jesus has risen from the dead to prove it. Is Jesus your Savior and Lord, or is He just an interesting person from history? Are you trusting in Him to cover your sins, or are you trying to cover up your own guilt? And are you telling people about the good news of what Jesus has accomplished through His death, burial, and resurrection?
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