Jesus Film Bible Study Part 2

Bible Study 2

Luke 8: 49-54 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher any more.” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.

The man pleaded with Jesus to save his daughter. What did Jesus require of this man before his daughter could be raised from the dead?

God requires that we have faith in order that we may receive what we have prayed for.

James 1:6-7 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

Jesus could raise the dead but, in the Bible, other people have also raised the dead.

1 Kings 17:21-22 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!” The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.

Acts 9:40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.

The other people prayed to God to raise the dead. Jesus did not have to. He commanded the dead to rise up. Jesus could do that because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Unlike other prophets who show people the way, teach people about the truth and tell them about how to obtain (eternal) life, Jesus declares that he IS the way, the truth and the life.

Luke 6:22-23 Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.

According to Jesus, how should we react when people treat us badly because of our faith in him?

Jesus says that we should rejoice because our reward is great in heaven. Therefore, we should not be resentful towards people who treat us badly because of our faith.

Luke 6:27-28 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

According to Jesus, how should we treat our enemies?

We should love our enemies. Do good to those who hate us. Bless those who curse us. This is very different from what the world tells us to do – to retaliate against those who act against us.

Luke 7:37-39 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

What was the reaction of Jesus when He was confronted by a sinful woman (a prostitute)? Why was Jesus unwilling to let her touch him even though she was unclean?

Jesus accepted the woman’s act of adoration and did not condemn her or try to distance Himself from her. This shows that God readily accept sinners who come to Him in repentance.

Jesus was not afraid to let her touch him. There was another incident whereby Jesus touched someone unclean. This story is recorded for us in Luke 5:12-16 when a leper asked Jesus for healing. A leper is considered unclean in the Jewish society and anyone who touches them would also be considered unclean. Jesus reached out and touched the leper even though he did not have to as his words alone could heal the leper. Jesus extended his hand to the leper to show love and acceptance to him and to demonstrate to us that he does not become unclean by touching the unclean. On the contrary, the unclean that came into contact with Jesus became clean.

This is different from many religious practices where the clean has to avoid touching the unclean because the clean would then become unclean.

Luke 7:48-50 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

What did this woman have that caused her to be saved?

Firstly, she had faith in Jesus. The person who wants to be saved by God must have faith that only God can save and come to Him for help.

Secondly, this woman had a genuine heart of repentance. She poured her perfume on Jesus’ feet. Perfume is something a prostitute uses in her job and using it on Jesus is a sign that she does not want to go back to being a prostitute.

 What was the reaction of the people when Jesus forgave the sin of the sinful woman?

The people thought it was blasphemy as only God can forgive sins. There is another passage in the Bible that shows the same reaction of the people when Jesus claimed to be able to forgive sins.

Luke 5:18-26 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

As human beings we can only forgive someone who has wronged us. But when that person has done something wrong to God, only God has the power to forgive that person. Jesus claimed to be God when he declared that he too was able to forgive sins.

Matthew 11:2-5 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.

Jesus performed many miracles while he was on earth. What was the purpose of demonstrating those miracles?

The miracles are a sign to the people that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah.

John 20:24-26 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me.

Jesus proved that he was sent by God by performing many miracles. If a person claims to come from God but could do no miracles, we have no way of verifying if he is telling the truth.

Luke 8:4-8 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

Luke 8:11-15 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

The seeds that fell on rocky ground bore no fruits. Why is that?

Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. Even a tree that does not have strong roots could fall off when there is a storm. We develop roots by continually grounding ourselves in God’s Word and studying the Bible.

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.