WE ARE DRAWING NEAR TO THE HOLIEST WEEK
AND IT GETS HARDER AND HARDER TO WATCH.
YET, BEHOLDING JESUS IN HIS FINAL DAYS,
TRANSFORMS US LIKE NOTHING ELSE.
John Piper summarized it like this: “Beholding is becoming.”
So let us behold Him.
Some like to call themselves “spiritual,” imagining
chicken soup for the soul:
warm, comforting, and soothing.
But the early church fathers had a different word:
The mysterium tremendum.
THE EARTH SHAKES.
YOU LOSE YOUR FOOTING.
YOU REALIZE HOW HOLY HE IS,
AND HOW UNHOLY YOU ARE.
WHEN ISAIAH BEHELD THE LORD HE SAID:
AND WHEN THE ARMY OF SOLDIERS CAME WITH THEIR TORCHES AND WEAPONS, SEEKING JESUS,
THEY DREW BACK
AND FELL TO THE GROUND
THE MYSTERIUM TREMENDUM.
HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED THIS?
IT CAN HAPPEN IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A SENSE OF AWE.
SEE HOW VICTOR HUGO DEPICTED IT FOR
JEAN VALJEAN IN LES MISERABLES:
IF YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS,
YOUR FAITH MAY NOT HAVE
DROPPED FROM YOUR HEAD TO YOUR HEART.
SO STAY WITH US.
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. If you have ever experienced “the mysterium tremendum,” summarize in a few sentences what happened.
MONDAY – WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
When Jesus said, “I AM HE,” HE WAS CLAIMING DEITY. PREPARE YOUR HEART WITH THIS:
3. Important things are said when time is running out. Read Jesus high priestly prayer in John 17:20-23, for here He is praying for us, and write down what He said. Let it soak in and share your thoughts.
4. Read John 18:1-3 and describe the scene.
5. Read John 18:4-6 and describe what happened and your thoughts.
6. What is Jesus’ concern in John 18:7-9 and why?
7. Read John 18:10-11 and contrast Peter and Jesus in all the ways you can.
8. Pray the Lord’s prayer as a springboard for prayer:
Our Father — praise Him that He is your Father
Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name — praise Him for His holiness
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven — be still before Him and ask Him how you can be His instrument in this today
Give us this day our daily bread — petition Him for what He puts in your heart to petition Him for
And for give us our debts — confess
As we forgive our debtors — forgive, asking Him to help you remember how you have been forgiven
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil — ask for protection
For thine is the power, and the Kingdom, and the glory forever — praise HIm.
Amen. So be it!
Thursday Friday: Free Keller Sermon: I Am He
9. Share your comments or notes.
10. What is your take-a-way and why?