With our church shut-down taking place, I wanted to have a short and simple Bible study for anyone who wanted it. These are the scripture that I will be talking about in this weeks online lesson. I will only be referring to the texts and maybe reading one or two verses, so I will not be dealing with a lot of the things in the passage. I would recommend that, whether you want to do this as an individual or with your family, simply read the passage and use the questions for discussion. Last Sunday we talked about the Last Supper, and the trials of Jesus is the next part in this drama leading up to Easter Morning. Next week we will be looking at the crucifixion. I am emphasizing that all of these are part of our witness for Christ, but you can’t witness about things you don’t know. Enjoy looking at theses trials again.
Jesus Is Put on Trial
1. Jesus talks to Peter, Matthew 26:31-35
* We always remember the prediction of Peter denying Jesus, but how many of them did Jesus say would leave him?
* How confident was Peter about his loyalty to Jesus? Was he the only one who felt that way?
* How do you imagine Jesus’ tone of voice when he told Peter about what he would do before the morning rooster would crow?
2. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Matthew 26:36-56
* How did Jesus feel about what was coming?
* How well did his followers support Him?
* What part did the apostles play in the arrest scene?
3. Jesus before the Sanhedrin, Matthew 26:57-75
* How was the truth ignored and twisted by them?
* Why didn’t Jesus attempt to refute the false witnesses?
* How did some member of the Sanhedrin respond when Jesus confirmed that He was the Christ? (see vs.65-68)
4. Jesus before Pilate, Matthew 27:11-26
* Why was Pilate reluctant to punish Jesus? (vs.18-19)
* How is Pilate a good example of politics over-ruling wisdom?
* What does Pilate’s act of washing his hands tells us about him?