The Story of Jesus: The Hour of Darkness
Isaiah 59:1-3; Hebrews 10:19-22; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 19:28-30
1. What was the Lower Story this week? What was the Upper Story this week? What was Our Story this week?
2. Think of a person you were close with who has passed away. How is that person’s life still impacting your life today? Why do they still have an influence over you?
3. Read Isaiah 59:1-3. While it is uncomfortable, why is confession of sin an important part of our relationship with God through Jesus? Why do we need to admit our brokenness?
4. Read Hebrews 10:19-22 and 2 Corinthians 5:21. On the other end, why is it important for us not to stay lost in that moment of brokenness? How does Jesus offer a way out?
5. What implications does Jesus’ death on the cross for the sins of the world have for your life? What do you think we can learn about God’s love from the events in this week’s readings?
Read John 19:28-30. One of the briefest, and yet most profound, statements is when Jesus said, “It is finished.” From a Lower Story perspective, what must people have thought when Jesus spoke these words? From an Upper Story reality, what was Jesus declaring and what does it mean for us?