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April 10, 2022 Sermon Notes and Questions

The Road to Easter

Week 2, “The Road to Death”

Luke 23:32-43

Darin Elquist


Message Notes:

Luke 23:32-43
32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

What is a Soul Worth?


             This was a method of execution, not invented by the Romans,

but they perfected it. Crucifixion Had four things the Romans prized most when putting someone to death.

  1. Unrelenting Agony
  2. Prolonged the Death Process
  3. Public Spectacle
  4. Complete and Utter Humiliation


“The Halfway Death”


“The Skull” and/or “Calvary” The Place Jesus was Crucified

Lessons from the Three Crosses:

  1. Cross of Rejection-


Luke 23:39
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

          a. This thief needed God desperately but rejected Him blatantly.

Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.

  1. The Cross of Repentance-

The second thief differs from the first in one major way… he has a healthy fear of God.

Luke 23:40
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?

Luke 23:43
And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”


This word comes from the Greek word for, “Garden.” This give us the impression of a wonderful place where we go when we die.

Luke 23:44-46
It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.” Having said this, He breathed His last.

The Sixth Hour-

Noon by our time standard


In the Old Testament Darkness was used as a metaphor to describe the coming judgement of God. (Joel 2:10; 3:30-32; Amos 8:9)

Luke 23:45b
“…the veil of the temple was torn in two.”

This veil separated the, “Holy of Holies” (Where God dwelled on earth) from the rest of the temple where men would be. This signified Man’s separation from God because of sin. (Isaiah                   59:1-2) Only the High Priest was allowed to go in there once per year to make atonement for their sin.

  1. The Cross of Redemption-


             To, “buy back”

What’s the value of one human soul?

It’s priceless…

God places such a high value on us, that He willingly gave up His own Son to pay the price.

Bottom Line:

Jesus Paid the Price No One Else Could

Week 2 “The Road to Death”

Small Group Questions

  1. What are some ways we assign value to things? Are there some things that you think society assigns to much value to?  Are there somethings that are not assigned enough value?

  2. Read Luke 23:32-43, do we often ask God to forgive others? Why or why not?

  3. Why do you think Jesus’ clothes were divided? Why do you think Jesus had to suffer so much?

  4. Is it easier to have compassion or to hate? Why do you think God loves people who seem to be adamantly against Him?

  5. Is it easy to admit when we are guilty/wrong? What are some ways we can insult Jesus like the unrepentant thief that was on a cross next to Jesus? What are some things that get in the way of us admitting that we are wrong?

  6. What does it mean to “fear God”?

  7. What is the significance of having no barrier between you and God (the torn veil)?

  8. What does redemption mean? Why do we need to be redeemed?

  9. Have we been similar to both thieves at some point in our life? Explain how.

  10. Have you planned to invite someone to church for Easter? Is there anything that is holding you back from the invitation?