Man of Sorrows

1. Do you tend to withdraw or draw near to others in seasons of grief and suffering? Is vulnerability and dependency on others a sign of spiritual weakness? What does Jesus do in his darkest hour, and what does that teach us about the importance of human community?

2. Prayer isn’t about changing God’s will to match ours but letting God bend our will to match his. How do you see this at work in Gethsemane? Can you think of a time when God used prayer to help you submit to his will? Share.

3. Jesus knows our sorrow through personal experience and is sympathetic with us in our sorrow—he’s a man of sorrows with us. Jesus is also a man of sorrows for us. Discuss what that means and why it has power to give us hope (hint: Matthew 27 and 28 hold the answer).