Welcome to The Revolutionary, Part II In the following pages you will find the film broken down into the major incidents it depicts from the life of Jesus. After the title for each section you will find the approximate running time of that section in parenthesis. Also at the beginning of each section you will find Scripture references that will enable you to get back to the actual texts from which the scene was drawn. Then you will find comments and some suggested questions in italics. For some of the questions there are approaches to answering, and they are placed in brackets after the italicized question.
If you used the first part of The Revolutionary, we think you will find that Part II takes you even deeper into the amazing life and work of Jesus. This program does not just cover the same territory as in the first part. New dimensions and elements in his life and teaching are set forth that will enrich your groups understanding of Jesus.
Which picture of Jesus? Any work of art, be it blueprint or painting, short story or film, history or poem, must be selective. It must leave things out. The full detail of a single day in any life would take more than a day to describe. Just think how many words you speak, sounds you hear, things you think. In order not to swamp an audience, the artist must pick images or events from a host of possibilities to suggest the truth he or she is trying to convey. The gospel writers, for example, each selected only some events from Christ’s life to give their accounts of him. Matthew showed Jesus as the King of the Jews. Mark saw Jesus as a man of action. Luke gave us a compassionate healer and John described a glorious, living word.
Selectivity is especially critical with Jesus. No single view can capture his fullness. In part one of The Revolutionary, we saw Christ as master of nature. At the beginning of time, according to John chapter one, he cre- ated the universe. While incarnate, he turned water to wine, walked on water, calmed a storm. He healed peo- ple. Earthquakes and darkness accompanied his death.
Here in part two, we see Jesus from a somewhat different angle. You might want to begin by asking What is the dominant theme of The Revolutionary, Part II? What action is Christ most frequently portrayed doing? [Relating to those in need and conquering disease and death through faith.] What are some names for Christ which show his many-sided character in this video? [Healer, Truth, Life, Lord, Master, Teacher, King of the Jews, Friend, etc.]
1. Simeon (3:10)
Luke 2:25-35 After Jesus was born, his mother and father presented him at the temple. This practice went back to the first Passover, recorded in Exodus (Exodus 11, 12). At that time all the firstborn sons in Egypt died, except those pro- tected by the blood of a lamb over their doorposts. The Egyptians died because they had defied the Lord. Afterward, God told Moses that all firstborn males belonged to him and had to be paid for (Exodus 22:29,30; 34:19,20).
Mary and Joseph obeyed the law and took Jesus to the temple. In the temple an old man named Simeon fussed over Jesus. (Luke 2:25-32) Somehow Simeon connected this one baby among many he had seen with the prophecies written centuries before. How did Simeon make the connection? How does a person become attuned to the Holy Spirit?
Simeon did not want to die until he saw God’s salvation. Why was it so important to Simeon to see this baby? What do you make of what Simeon said to Mary in Luke 2:33-35? Was this a word of hope or warning? How would it have made Jesus parents feel then and while raising Jesus as a child?
2. Temptation (3:15)
Luke 4:1-13; Matthew 4:1-11 After his baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, Jesus went into the wilderness and was tempted. What three kinds of things was Christ tempted to do? [1. To use his power for personal benefit (lust of the flesh); 2. To show off his power and win followers by doing a great miracle (pride of life); 3. To put something in God’s place (lust of eyes). Compare I John 2:15-17 with Genesis 3 and Christ’s temptation accounts.]
Jesus instantly recognized the allure of each temptation. How would any of these temptations, if he had suc-
cumbed, have subverted the calling and ministry of Jesus?
Is it wrong to be tempted? Martin Luther, the great
Reformation leader, said, “Temptations of course cannot be avoided, but because we cannot prevent the birds
from flying over our heads, there is no need that we should let them nest in our hair.” How does this saying express the difference between temptation refused and temptation indulged?
Discuss how the temptations of Jesus did not come in the form of invitations to gross evil but were seduc- tions to pursue good ends by the wrong means.