Series 21: Staying Healthy Along the Way – Lesson 1: Why do I do what I do?

Lesson 1: Why do I do what I do? John 13

Few of us have the opportunity for a culminating event with our most select inner circle before we die. In John 13, Jesus comes to this last supper, knowing that he will die in a few days and that this is his one of his last times with those who will carry on the work he began on earth. Let’s observe how he uses these valuable hours.

 

Read John 13 from the viewpoint of a videographer filming the events.

  • What stands out to you?
  • Did anything surprise you?
  • What questions do you have?
  • Make notes of your responses or share in your group.

Read John 13:1-3 from the viewpoint of Jesus.

  • What stands out to you?
  • List all that Jesus knew.
  • How do you imagine Jesus was feeling at this moment?
  • Paraphrase v.3 in your own words.
  • Why do you think John may have included these introductory explanations?
  • What do we learn about Jesus from these words?

**If you are limited in time, you may jump to the Conclusion and Application.

Read John 13:4-17 from the viewpoint of Jesus.

  • What stands out to you?
  • How do you imagine Jesus was feeling?
  • What do you notice about how Jesus responds to Peter?
  • What was Jesus´ key point to his disciples?

 Read John 13:18-30 from the viewpoint of Jesus.

  • What stands out to you?
  • How do you imagine Jesus was feeling?
  • What do you notice about how Jesus responds to Judas?
  • What was Jesus´ key point to his disciples who didn’t even understand what Jesus meant?

Read John 13:31-38 from the viewpoint of Jesus.

  • What stands out to you?
  • How do you imagine Jesus was feeling?
  • What do you notice about how Jesus responds to Peter?
  • What was Jesus´ key point to his disciples?
CONCLUSION

What do you think was Jesus´ goal during this evening with his disciples?

How was the Jesus, being human, able to maintain his focus throughout the evening?

Why did Jesus do what he did…carry out his ministry, form disciples, face death on a cross?

APPLICATION

Why do you do what you do? i.e. For what reason do you get out of bed each day? Write this and then hold it in silence before God. Let this purpose be your prayer throughout the week.

*What life purpose guides your daily functioning? If you have never written a life purpose, consider beginning to clarify it during this week.  A well-defined life purpose will include all the areas and stages of your life; it takes into account your natural talents/gifts, your family roles, your work (paid or unpaid), your community.  Ask for feedback from others you know and trust. Listen to the Spirit as you go through your week. Spend time walking in prayer, preferably being present with God in silence while walking, biking or other exercise.

 This lesson is part of a series. For the introduction, further resources and related lessons in English, see Staying Healthy along the Way.  Para Español, ver Mantenerse Saludable sobre El Camino.

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