Jesus Acclaimed (discussion questions)

The following discussion questions accompany my message this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Jesus Acclaimed” from John 12:12-19.

Discussion Questions

  1. This week we continue our journey with Jesus to the Cross. What is one thing you or your family will do this year to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection?
  2. The word ‘Hosanna’ literally means ‘save!’ or ‘help – please!’ By Jesus’ time it was often used as a word of acclamation or praise to kings. From what we read in 12:9-11 and 12:17-18, why do you think the crowd is new crying out to Jesus as their king?
  3. The crowd quotes two passages from the Old Testament: Psalm 118:25-26 and Zechariah 9:9. You may want to read all of Psalm 118 and Zechariah 9:9-12 to help you understand what was being referenced by the crowd. Both of these passages refer to royal situations or individuals.
  4. Step back on consider what it would have been like to be a part of the crowd when Jesus entered Jerusalem. What emotions would you experience? What do you think the tone of the crowd was like? Do you think they understood what Jesus was doing?
  5. In only a short time, the crowd turns from acclaiming Jesus to accusing Jesus. The only way that they enthrone Him as King is found in John 19. You may want to read how the crowd turned away from Him before considering this question: why did the crowd change their attitude toward Jesus so quickly and decisively?
  6. Jesus had bigger aims than simply reestablishing the nation of Israel in the face of Roman occupation. He wanted to draw all the nations to Himself. Look for this aim by comparing the following passages: Zechariah 9:9-12; John 12:19, 20, & 32; and Revelation 7:9-10.
  7. Jesus is more than a wise teacher or a perfect example. He is the King of all the nations. Have you acclaimed Him as your King and the King of all the nations?  Consider one practical way you can respond to Jesus this week as the King? Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.

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