One Week to Live


This week our readings are in an interesting part of Jesus’ life we often overlook. It’s the last week of his life, but not one of the high stakes, headliner events like his triumphal entry into Jerusalem or his crucifixion. It’s the in between days – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. He spent that time in Jerusalem teaching those who would listen.

This is one of those big existential questions – if you knew you only had a week to live, what would you spend it doing. Well, this is what Jesus would / did do.

Monday – 3/25:

  • If you could narrow down what you think is important to one sentence, what would it be?
  • Read verse 37 again. This is what Jesus thinks it is.
  • What is one way we can live like verse 37 is the most important thing in our lives?

Tuesday – 3/26:

  • What is something I’ve taught you by showing you how to do it?
  • Jesus teaches us that it’s important to do what we say. What is something you can model for your friends by saying and doing the right thing?

Wednesday – 3/27:

  • Look up what “woe” means.
  • Jesus is saying that some of the ways the religious leaders were acting would bring great sorrow and distress on them.
  • Have everyone choose one of the woes, talk through what it means, and how we might avoid doing the same thing.

Thursday – 3/28:

  • The temple actually was destroyed in 70 A.D., but Jesus often likened himself to the temple.
  • Do a little research on some other things Jesus compared himself to. *Hint* – You might want to check out John’s gospel and the “I am” statements Jesus makes.

Friday – 3/29:

  • Jesus makes it clear that it will not be easy to be faithful in our lives. What is something in your daily life that makes it hard to follow Jesus?

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