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Bible Study: Jesus, our prophesied Savior


NASHVILLE (BP) – This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, Lifeway publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

This week’s Bible study is adapted from The Gospel Project curriculum.

Bible Passage: Matthew 21

Discussion Questions:

  • Why is it important that Jesus’s life and works fulfilled prophecy from Scripture?
  • Why should friendship with Jesus and obedience to His commands go hand in hand?
  • In what ways is Jesus worthy of our adoration?

Food for Thought:

From His conception, Jesus’ life was a steady drum beat of Old Testament prophecy fulfillment. And this continued when Jesus entered Jerusalem at the beginning of His final week leading up to His crucifixion. He entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9. Crowds shouting, “Hosanna,” fulfilled Psalm 118:25-26. Cleansing the temple fulfilled Psalm 69:9. Jesus would fulfill at least seven Old Testament prophecies over the course of the next two days.

While Jesus fulfilled prophecy, He also prophesied about His future, namely, His crucifixion, resurrection and future return. Jesus came to save the world from sin and death. Though Jesus continued to prove He was the Messiah and Savior, the people of God were expecting something different. They missed what was right in front of them.

On the first day of Passion Week, most of Jesus’ purpose was lost on those waving palm branches and spreading out their cloaks. They had been waiting for a military messiah who would deliver them from the oppressive Roman government. The Jews were expecting a conquering king.

But if the Jews had been paying attention, they would have realized that Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey, not a war horse. They remembered Zechariah 9:9 – that a righteous and victorious king would come to them riding on a donkey. But they seemed to forget Zechariah 9:10 – that the bow of battle would be removed, and He would proclaim peace to the nations. They understood that “hosanna” meant “please save us,” but they were shortsighted on what they most needed to be saved from. It wasn’t from Caesar; it was from sin.

It’s no wonder that less than a week later, when they saw their Messiah beaten and bound before Pilate, they concluded that Jesus couldn’t have been the Messiah they thought He was. Their shouts turned from “Save us” to “Crucify Him.”

But in God’s perfect plan, Jesus came to be crucified precisely so He could save us.

The Gospel Project

The Gospel Project is a chronological, Christ-centered study for kids, students and adults. The Bible is not a collection of stories. It is one story of God’s plan to rescue His people from sin and death. It is the story of redemption, the gospel message of Jesus Christ. More information can be found at Lifeway.com/gospelproject.

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