Study of Luke 23:6-12
We are almost at the end of this book now (only 2 chapters left to go!) and things are getting messy! Jesus has been falsely arrested and now the authorities are battling over what to do with this ‘troublemaker’.
- Pilate only sends Jesus to Herod in Luke’s account. Why do you think Luke wanted to include this information?
- Why was Herod wanting to meet Jesus? How long had he been waiting?
- Why did Herod get Jesus dressed up in a robe like a king?
- Why do you think that Jesus spoke to Pilate but refused to reply to Herod?
- Why was Jesus sent back to Pilate again at the end of the passage?
Study of Luke 13:31-35
We are very far away now from the lovely Christmas story that is usually told at this time of year. We are deep into the mud and mire of Jesus’ life and the sadness and darkness is building. The baby, kings, sheep and cosy stable are far away but this is the reality of Jesus’ life and our lives too. Christmas is great, but it doesn’t last forever. We have work to do and it won’t be happy, jolly, fun all the time – sometimes, it requires sacrifice and pain too.
- In previous passages, the Pharisees have tried to trick or even endanger Jesus. Why are they warning Him about Herod now?
- Why does Jesus refer to Herod as a fox?
- What is the importance of Jerusalem here? Why does Jesus say He cannot be killed outside of Jerusalem?
- Who was Jesus greatest enemy at this point? Herod? The religious leaders? The general public?
- Does Jesus let the adversity affect Him or what He decides to do going forward?