You’re living in Jerusalem in 33 A.D. You see a bloody, beaten man named Jesus stumbling down the street, struggling to carry a wooden beam on his shoulders, surrounded by soldiers leading him and a crowd wanting to see what’s happening. You follow Jesus and the crowd to the edge of town, where the soldiers pound iron spikes through his arms and legs into the beam he carried and crucify him. You hear someone say Jesus claimed to be God and is getting what he deserved. What would you be thinking? What would you be feeling?
Read Colossians 1:19-22
1. Verse 21 states that we were enemies of God. Why would God consider you his enemy? What have you done that would make you God’s enemy?
2. Verse 20 uses the word reconcile. What does reconcile mean?
3. Where else is the word reconcile being used in this passage? Who is being reconciled in each place? How are they being reconciled? Why would God want to reconcile you, his enemy, to himself?
4. Read through the passage and find places where it refers to Jesus being God and Jesus being Man. Why is it important that Jesus is both God and man?
5. In addition to forgiving our sin and bringing us back to God, what else does verse 22 say Jesus does for us through his death?
6. How do you feel knowing that Jesus suffered and died to forgive you and bring you back to God?
7. How do these verses motivate you to trust Jesus to forgive you?
8. If someone asked you, “Why did Jesus have to die?” what would you say? As a group, come up with an answer using all of the truths we learned from this study.
9. The Bible describes these verses as good news. Why do you think these verses are good news?
10. Who would you like to tell this good news and why?
11. If you haven’t yet trusted Jesus to pay for your sins, what do you think is the biggest thing holding you back?
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