Sermon Discussion: The Greatest Act of Injustice
Main Idea: Jesus silently endured the greatest act of injustice in the history of the world so that he might suffer and die in our place.
1. How many ways can you (as a group) demonstrate that this entire event is a part of God’s sovereign plan to rescue sinful man from Scripture?
2. How should we understand Jesus’ silence before Pilate?
3. Who is on trial in verses 6–15? How do you know that they are guilty?
4. What is the ironic truth in Pilate’s question, the crowd’s rejection, and the soldier’s brutal mockery of Jesus?
5. Why did Jesus have to endure such brutal and undeserved torment? (Cf. Isaiah 53:4–6; Romans 3:26)
6. What does Jesus’ brutal and undeserved torment say about the depth of our human depravity?
7. How did this message cause you to delight in Jesus more than you did before or see your sin and salvation in a way that you did not see before?
8. Consider you are having a conversation with a twelve-year old, whether that be your child, grandchild, or a child that you have a relationship with:
- How would you define sin and iniquity?
- How would you describe their relationship to each other?
- How would you explain why Jesus had to suffer and die in our place (a substitute)?
9. How can the substitutionary nature of Christ’s suffering encourage you to fight against sin and pursue righteousness? (Romans 6:1–2; 6:19b)
10. Why is it so important for believers to distinguish our “righteousness” from the righteousness of Christ that we receive through faith?
11. Is there anything you feel like you need to share with someone else from this message? What is it? And who do you need to share it with?