This is a film clip from
John Eldredge based on his book: All Things New
that will start off our week of wonder at the power of the cross.
The same power that rose Jesus from the dead
is going to make all things new.
Imagine yourself as a little old lady who loves Jesus
(some of us don’t have to imagine).
Despite the aches and arthritis of old age,
an aging body,
and a simple room in a care center,
you have found contentment
because you know Him!
One night God takes you in your sleep
and in the morning…
1.What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. After church today, come and share one thing that was particularly meaningful to you and why.
Monday-Tuesday: Message From Mike Reeves
3. Share your thoughts and comments from above.
Wednesday: The Wonder of It All
I have been impacted by Isaiah — there are so many treasures. But I’d like us to ponder a few places we’ve been during Holy Week before we continue on. Last week I asked about Isaiah 50:7, that Jesus set his face like flint to die for us. Last week our own Nila wrote this:
Growing up in Wyoming, my family spent many, many weekends combing the mountains for Indian arrowheads and artifacts. Many of them were carved out of flint.I remember the first arrowhead my tiny hands discovered ~ red flint. It was used because of its hard quality. As I studied the meaning of flint and the reason that word is used in this passage of scripture, it became clear that it stood for deep resolve and determination.
3. Read Isaiah 50:5-11
A. What picture does Isaiah paint of the Savior to come in verses 5-6?
B. Why did Jesus set His face like flint?
C. We too are called to walk in His steps. Where do you need to set your face like flint? Or share a way the Lord helped you to do so this year.
D. What happens to the person who relies not on the Lord, but equips himself with his “own torches? (See verse 11)
“Setting his face like flint” reminds me of Jane Eyre “planting her feet” to do what is right at great cost. Mr. Rochester, whom she loved, asked her to live with him outside of marriage, for he already has a wife, though a madwoman, who lives in the attic. He pleads with Jane, counting the reasons he loves her, telling her he will care for her. Here are excerpts from their passionate dialogue.
“Jane, you understand what I want of you? Just promise – ‘I will be yours, Mr. Rochester.’”
“Mr. Rochester, I will not be yours.“
…One instant, Jane. Give one glance to my horrible life when you are gone. All happiness will be torn away with you. What then is left? …What shall I do, Jane? Where shall I turn for a companion and for some hope?”
“Do as I do: trust in God and yourself. Believe in heaven. Hope to meet there again.”
“…Then you condemn me to live wretched and to die accursed?” His voice rose.
“I advise you to live sinless, and I wish you to die tranquil.”
4. What applications can you see from the above for your life? What comments do you have?
Thursday: Out Of The Anguish of His Soul He Shall See and Be Satisfied
Read or listen to this from John Piper and then share your thoughts.
5. What comments or applications to you have on the above?
Friday: Your God Will Delight Over You
Philippians tells us that for the joy set before Him, Christ endured the cross. What was that joy? Isaiah tells us it was the joy of saving us. Albert Motyer writes: “We picture the bedraggled and bloodstained seamless robe that he wore of Calvary, but to him it was a wedding garment! His Calvary-joy was wedding-day joy. He was winning his bride. …This is how much we mean to him.”
6. Read Isaiah 62:1-5
A. How does Isaiah describe the beauty of the bride in verses 1-3?
B. How did Christ change our identity according to verses 4-5?
7. How can embracing this identity change your outlook?
8. What is your take-a-way this Easter week and why?