Mistakes that Refine Instead of Define

Margaret —  July 8, 2013 — 6 Comments

Mistakes that Refine Instead of Define

Welcome to Week Five of Pursuing God’s Beauty: Stories from the Gospel of John. This summer, we’re digging deep into God’s Word and praying that with a word, passage, or story we will be wonderstruck by Scripture and fall in love with the Bible once again, or maybe for the first time. (Join us! Click here).

Here are four things you must know before diving into John 18-19:

1)     All four Gospels agree that one of the challenges to Peter came from a slave girl. In other words, Peter denied his faith to someone who posed no threat to him. The strength and fervor in Peter’s previous declaration that he would lay down his own life for Jesus (John 13:37) stand in stark contrast to denying Jesus to a slave girl at night.

2)     Barabbas’ name can be translated as “son of the father.” This phrase parallels the way John’s Gospel describes Jesus throughout the text. The people literally chose between two different sons of the father in John 18.

Check out this awesome video about Barabbas from Seattle pastor, Judah Smith:

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3)     Some scholars believe the day of preparation during Passover refers to the day in which the lambs are being prepared for execution at the temple. Thus, Jesus’ preparation for crucifixion (John 19) parallels the preparation of the Passover lambs.

4)     Jesus’ final cry—“It is finished”—in John 19:30 are not words of defeat, but a powerful declaration that Jesus has triumphantly fulfilled his mission. [Tweet this]

Mistakes that Refine Instead of Define

Here’s the homework for Week Five: Mistakes that Refine Instead of Define:

  • Watch Session Five (Mistakes that Refine Instead of Define) on Your Pursuing God’s Beauty DVD (14 minutes) and begin working through the homework.
  • Read John 18-19.
  • Come back to MargaretFeinberg.com on Thursday, the same day you can enjoy the Midday Connection podcast on the session, to discuss what God’s revealing to you along the way. (To subscribe to the RSS feed so you don’t miss a beat, click here).

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FOR DISCUSSION: Answer the following questions as a comment to this blog post. Feel free to ask questions, reply to others’ comments, and post prayer requests.

  • If you had the chance to sit down with any of Jesus’ disciples, whom would you meet? What would you ask them?

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6 responses to Mistakes that Refine Instead of Define

  1. What a powerful video Margaret. It reminded me of song by Third Day called Cant Take the Pain, that deeply spoke to me years ago when I was more than willing to take the blame for all my sins and wrong choices. And God opened my eyes and said NO I take that TOO! Still makes me cry tears of joy when I think about it.

    • I love that video, too, Eileen! Definitely gets me thinking and adds a whole new spin on the story of Barabbas!

  2. Wow. Number 2 just stops me.

  3. Tara Lantieri July 11, 2013 at 5:20 am

    I’ve been holding off answering your question Margaret, trying to decide which disciple I’d MOST like to meet but I’m at a toss up between two. Thomas…because I think his response to the news of Jesus resurrection is so similar to what mine would have been. Not fully because I wasn’t believing but my initial reaction would have been let me see the “proof” because I want to make sure I wasn’t duped – PRIDE, it takes over when there’s a chance I might look like I’ve been made a fool. I don’t really know what I’d ask him…I can pretty much imagine this feelings after seeing Jesus – he’d feel guilt and shame for questioning, for his unbelief and doubt. And then he’d have to trust Jesus to restore him, accept His forgiveness…realize that Jesus’ death covers all that.
    And I’d also like to meet Judas, I feel so much compassion for him…that he spent so much time with Jesus and just still didn’t get it. Yes, I know he fulfilled his part of the plan…but I think his story would have much greater impact if he had repented, accepted forgiveness and gone on to be used by the Lord. What would I ask him? Not sure either but I’d like to show him love, point him to Jesus and a whole new life.

    • I love that, Tara. I think Thomas would have been an incredible disciple to meet– and see first hand the transformation that took place in his heart!

      Judas’ story is one I still wrestle with. Like you, I wish it could have ended differently.

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