Is Jesus Necessary? - Outline
The Jesus I Wish You Knew
December 1, 2019
We should have forgotten about Jesus long ago.
Yet Jesus is lodged in our collective psyche.
Peter argues that Jesus is necessary to our life as human beings.
Peter gives us at least six reasons why Jesus is necessary.
- There is a part of you that is dead inside. (1:3)
So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:7, NLT)
- There is a longing for God deep within your soul. (1:9)
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart
and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:2, NIV)
- You are imprisoned by something. (1:18-20)
A ransom needed to be paid.
- All of this was because of sin. (1:22)
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death,
so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. (Romans 5:12, NLT)
- We were not a people. (2:10a)
Once you had no identity as a people; (1 Peter 2:10a, NLT)
- We had received no mercy. (2:10b)
Once you received no mercy; (1 Peter 2:10b, NLT)
This is the Jesus I wish you knew.
He never sinned.
He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. (1 Peter 2:22–23, NLT)
He personally carried our sins on the cross.
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross… (1 Peter 2:24a, NLT)
So that we can be dead to sin.
…so that we can be dead to sin… (1 Peter 2:24b, NLT)
So that we can be alive to what is right.
…and live for what is right. (1 Peter 2:24b, NLT)
By his wounds you were healed.
By his wounds you are healed. (1 Peter 2:24c, NLT)
You now have a place to call home.
Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to
your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls. (1 Peter 2:25, NLT)
A deeper study for individuals and small groups.
Think about or discuss a challenging or difficult situation that you are facing in your life right now.
Read 1 Peter 2:18-21.
Who is Peter addressing in this passage?
What is he asking these Christians to do?
It sounds like a difficult thing to ask. What would our modern world say about what Paul is asking these people to do?
What do you think about Paul’s advice?
How does it apply to us today?
Peter uses the situation from verses 18-21 to transition into a closing summary for all that he has said in the first three chapters.
Read 1 Peter 2:22-25.
What did Jesus not do?
What is the theological significance of this?
What is the practical significance of this?
How did Jesus address the injustice of suffering?
Jesus did not speak our against those who spoke against him.
Give some examples of this from the crucifixion narratives in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
Who did Jesus entrust his life to while he was being threatened?
How does that help you in the midst of a difficult situation you might be facing right now.
Read 1 Peter 2:22-25 again.
What do these verses say about our identity in Christ and what Jesus has done for us?
List out what Jesus has done.
Think about or discuss which one is most significant to you right now.
Take some time to pray and thank Jesus for what he has done for you.