The Way of Sorrows – “Take Up Your Cross”

~ Sermon Discussion Questions ~
Read Matthew 27:27-31 and John 19:17

  1. Some of the passages leading up to the death of Jesus may seem graphic and gruesome. What is the purpose of these kinds of narratives? Why does Matthew focus on Jesus’ suffering and humiliation in these verses?
  2. Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote, “Discipleship is commitment to the suffering Christ.” Sometimes we’re hesitant to pause with the sufferings of Jesus, preferring instead to rush to the glory of Easter. Do you feel this temptation? Why or why not?
  3. Fleming Rutledge wrote, “Jesus became like a common criminal for our sake and in our place.” What does it mean to you that Jesus took on your sin?
  4. The Christian life leads to and through the cross. What are the obstacles to you following Jesus there? How can you pray for one another as you seek to follow Jesus to the cross this week?