Eastertide

John 19

Monday: John 19:1-16a
Tuesday: John 19:16b-24
Wednesday: John 19:25-30
Thursday: John 19:31-37
Friday: John 19:38-42

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
1.    Pilate’s power is a received and temporal power. Jesus knows the opposite is true of God. How are we often formed by powers—politics, government, institutions, family, media—and then view the Lordship of Jesus through those lenses? Where is the tension in your life between the power of culture and the power of God?

2.    Jesus alone carries his cross, but dies in the company of two criminals. When he thirsts, his executioners give him some of their own cheap wine. The religious elite called Jesus “friend of sinners.” Have you considered where you stand in relation to those we call “sinners?” Do you stand far from them or side-by-side with them?

John 18

Monday: John 18:1-11
Tuesday: John 18:12-18
Wednesday: John 18:19-27
Thursday: John 18:28-32
Friday: John 18:33-40

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
1.    Once Jesus is bound and taken away by the temple guard, the remaining disciples are left standing alone. Put yourself among them. What are the thoughts going through your mind? What do you think you might have lost?

2.    In this text Peter appears to move from reckless courage (attacking the high priest’s servant with a sword) to tentative fear (his three denials). What do you think accounts for the shift in his behavior? Why do you think it is significant that both of these things take place as Peter positions himself in close proximity to Jesus?

3.    When Jesus speaks of testifying and belonging to “the truth,” Pilate asks (probably in a rhetorical way), “What is truth?” Why do you think that no answer is provided to Pilate’s question? Does this say something to you about how you determine what is true in relationship to Jesus?