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Bible Study Guide for Sunday April 19, 2020

STUDY 16
Easter Sunday 2020     April 19, 2020
THEME: IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
SUB-THEME: The Humanity of Christ (8)
TOPIC: Human Nature (4): He slept
TEXTS: Mark 4:35-38

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

INTRODUCTION:

Like any human being, after the fatigues of a busy day of ministering under the hot sun, our Lord sank into sleep while crossing the Lake in spite of the raging tempest. However, since He is the Lord over any physical and spiritual storm, He was comfortable in His sleep. He commanded the winds and the storm to be still and they all went quiet.

STUDY GUIDE/QUESTIONS:
  1. From the text, what factor(s) could have made Christ to have fallen asleep although the disciples were awake?
  2. In the light of the declaration by the Psalmist in Psalm121:4, how would you explain the sleep of Jesus in Mark4:35-38?
  3. Discuss what should be our attitude when facing the storms of life, and Christ seems to be ‘sleeping’ in spite of our challenging situation? Mark4:38;Prov.24:10;Heb. 10:35-39
CONCLUSION:

In His humanity, Jesus felt the way every other human felt, He slept; yet in His divine nature, He nether sleeps nor slumber. In the midst of the storms of life, we should trust Him, no matter how it takes.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Christ both divine and human, slept in the boat! .

MEMORY VERSE: Mark5:38“But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

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