While the world judges against Jesus, God judges for the world. Jesus judges the world even as he reconciles the world.
This Week's Action Step:
When you feel the tug of Jesus’s love this week, surrender to it instead of resisting it.
Small Group Questions:
- Why do you think it’s important to prepare yourself for Easter and not just show up on Easter for the party?
- When you read John 12:20-33, what jumps out?
- In John 12:31, Jesus says that judgment is “now” upon the world.
- How does this change the way you think about the judgment of God? To think about it as something that was happening as Jesus was judged and crucified and not just something that happens at the end of history.
- Read John 12:32, and then also read 1 John 2:2, Romans 5:18, and Colossians 1:19-20.
- Take these texts and summarize what you think they’re saying.
- Do you think these scriptures teach us that “the whole human race has been reconciled to God?”
- Now read Hebrews 10:26-30.
- How do we harmonize texts that seem to teach universal reconciliation with texts that seem to teach judgment for some?
- Discuss this quote: “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it…No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.”
- How might it change the way you think about yourself and others to understand that God has no judgment left in him because we have all already been judged guilty but, more importantly, forgiven and loved?
Songs from Today
The Lion And The Lamb by Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, and Leeland Mooring
Blessed Assurance by Mack Brock and Chris Brown
Great Are You Lord by Steve Cook and Vikki Cook
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman
Reckless Love by Caleb Culver, Cory Asbury, and Ran Jackson