But Jesus insisted on an answer. He had felt power go out of him. What do you think Jairus felt when Jesus stopped to ask such a question while his daughter was dying?
Usually it is not good to lose focus. We become impatient with people who do. Here Jesus allowed himself to be interrupted while on his way to an important task. Does this and other incidents give us any clue to Jesus’ sense of priorities? Finally a woman came forward and confessed she had touched Christ’s robe, hoping to be healed of a long-standing bleeding. Why do you think it was hard for her to admit she had touched Christ’s robe. [Under Old Testament law, a woman was unclean if she had a bleeding and some things she touched also became unclean. Leviticus 15:25-30.] Do you think she expected Jesus to yell at her? What do you think she felt when he commended her faith?
While Jesus dealt with this woman, who wasn’t in immediate danger of death, Jairus’ daughter died. What do you think Jairus felt then? What do you think went through Christ’s mind?
Jesus brought Jairus’ daughter back to life. Is it any more difficult for Christ to restore spiritual life than to restore physical life?
7. Man Born Blind (5:00)
John 9 Look at John 9:1-2 and the perennial question of “who sinned?” Discuss the answer of Jesus in verse 3. The Bible suggests that the blind man was psychologically tough. Imagine how you would respond if you were blind and a stranger came up to you, mixed some clay with spit, put it on your eyes and said, “Go wash in the pool down behind the high school and you’ll be able to see.” What kind of faith did it take the man to go to the pool? What effect did Christ’s spirit have on this man to make him believe it was worth going to the pool? Would it seem far-fetched to you?
After he was healed, the man was summoned before the Sanhedrin. He argued with the top leaders of Israel and made witty remarks which cut their hearts. Did it take courage for him to stand up against these leaders? How do you think this man got so much pluck? Would you not have expected the leaders to be amazed and thankful for such a wonderful demonstration of the power of God? Why do you think the Pharisees threw the man out of the synagogue? [Pride and jealousy seems to be the clue to their behavior.]
8. Prodigal Son (2:25)
Luke 15:11-32 Perhaps Christ’s best known parable is that of the “Prodigal Son.” A boy asks his father for his inheritance. Although an inheritance is given only when a father dies, this father gives it to his son while he lives. The boy squanders his money on loose living. Starving he remembers his father and retreats home to offer himself as a servant. The father sees him afar off, runs to meet him and embraces him.
Read Isaiah 30:18. What does this say about God’s character? How is the character of the father in the Prodigal Son like the character of God in the verse you just read?
What does the story of the “Prodigal Son” tell us about forgiveness. What does it show about who may come to God for a new start? Why is it that so many come to their senses and return home only after they have eaten with the pigs?
9. Health and Doctors (:30)
Mark 2:16-17 Jesus not only cured the sick but used the image of health and sickness when discussing spiritual problems. Whom did Jesus indicate that he came to help? Who are those who think they do not need any help?
10. Test of the Coin (:55)
Luke 20:20-26 Some Pharisees came to Jesus with a question, hoping to trick him (Luke 20:20-26). Should we pay taxes to Caesar or not? If Jesus answered, “no,” they would denounce him to the Romans. If Jesus answered, “yes,” the people would turn against him because they hated the oppressive tax system. Either way Jesus was going to be in trouble.
Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites. “Hypocrite” is the Greek word for “actor.” Why did Jesus call the Pharisees hypocrites? [They usually protested the tax system; now they were going to support it if need be to accuse him to the Romans. Also, they came pretending merely to want his opinion and flattered him before ask- ing the question.] How do we play-act Christianity?
Why did Jesus answer their question after saying it was a trap? Do you think his answer was wise? Have you ever wished you could respond quickly with such a wise reply? What did Jesus mean by his reply? What implications would it have for his fellow Jews in their day? What are the implications for us today?