Jesus Speaks About His Death - March 21, 2021

Bible Study “Jesus Speaks About His Death”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

In the first three Sundays of Lent, Mark, brilliantly expresses and reveals the preparation Jesus experienced. During the next two Sundays John adds shimmering lights on Jesus’ ministry before we read about the Crucifixion, where we watch, from wherever we are, what Jesus must go through in order to give us Easter. These six scenarios invite us to take a closer look at the choices we are making in our lives and what we might choose to discard, correct, or add.

 

Opening Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for your acceptance of God's call on your life and for the gift your sacrifice is for each of us. Help us hear the call you have on our lives to be faithful witnesses and to follow you. Amen.

 

Jesus is, again, trying to help his disciples understand what Jesus now knows is going to happen. Tell them Jesus has just a little time left to finish training them.

 

Please open your Bibles to John 12:20-33 and read or read the scriptures below. 

John 12:20-33

20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him

30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up[a] from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

Reflection Questions:

  • Verse 12: 23: What does Jesus mean: "glorified." (None of these people were sure what that might mean. They will after Easter.)
  • Verse 24:  We know what happens when you plant a seed in the ground. (Think of a time when you helped plant seeds in a garden.)
  • Verse 25: Do we really have to "hate" our life, or could it mean that we choose to follow Jesus and not spend all our time thinking about ourselves?
  • Verse 26: What kinds of things are we doing as "servants" of Jesus? How are we following where Jesus wants us to go?
  • Verse 27: Is Jesus really okay with what God is asking him to do?
  • Verses 28 and 29:  Are you pretty sure it was NOT just thunder? (Help us remember other times we have heard that sound such as at Jesus' baptism and at the top of the mountain.)
  • Verse 32:  How is Jesus going to be "lifted up?" (None of the disciples really understands - yet. That will happen on Easter. And, Jesus said he will draw "all people" to himself - what do we think that means?

 

Click her for the young learner’s lesson

 

Videos (Click on the words or url)

John12:20-33 Some Greeks Seek Jesus Gospel Sunday 2015-03-22 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWZoGlwC1Bk

Parable of the Grain of Wheat Explained! – John 12:24 -2BeLikeChrist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ1vs_bYFRc

Song:  Unless a Grain of Wheat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crE74byUA-s

 

Activities

Word Search: https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/2126618/jesus-speaks-about-his-death/

Intercessory Prayer: means praying for others. When we pray for others we are not doing something magic. We are doing something obedient. God uses our prayers in ways we cannot possibly understand. There is power in our choosing to pray for people.   Write a prayer for people you know who are sick, in need, alone -- or in other kinds of need.  You can also choose write a pray for those who lead us in our country and in our church.

Planting Seeds: As an illustration of the “planting a seed in the ground,” You will need winter wheat seeds or flower seeds (available from a seed store or stores that carry seeds.)  You will need one pot, some potting soil, a small handful of seeds and a pitcher with water. In a small pot about a teaspoon of seeds will be plenty; a larger pot might take a few more.  Sprinkle a little soil on top of the seeds. The seeds need to be buried pretty close to the surface. About 1/4 of an inch is best – deeper will take the seeds longer to sprout. What else do the seeds need? Water, of course.  Water them once a week and watch seeds grow into plants.

Prayer:  Dear God, we thank you for the gift of Jesus. As we draw closer to the final days of Lent, help us to open spirits to you. Amen.