“FATHER FORGIVE THEM”
Key Verse: 23:34a
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
1. Who was conscripted to carry Jesus’ cross? Why did the soldiers have to make him carry the cross for Jesus? How did this experience impact Simon’s life later? (Mk 15:21; Ro 16:13)
2. Why did Jesus not need the women’s sympathy? (Jn 1:29; Mk 10:45; Isa 53:5,6b,12b) Why should they wail for themselves? (29-31; Lk 19:41-44) What does the Bible teach about God’s judgment? (41; Heb 9:27).
3. Describe the crucifixion scene. (32-34) What did Jesus pray? (34) For whom did he pray? Is this prayer for you too? How can we be free from shame and guilt? How does God’s grace and forgiveness change a person’s life?
4. What was the common theme repeated in the words of mockers? (35-39) What was the ironic situation of Jesus? Why did he not save himself? How was one man different from the others at the scene? (40-42; Mk 15:32b) What made him seek Jesus’ favor? (42) How could such a man be saved at the last minute? (43; Jn 3:16)
5. What happened when Jesus breathed his last? (44-46) What confession did the centurion make? Why? Who was Joseph and how did he show his faith? (50-52; Jn 19:38-39) What made him come out by faith?