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Mar 28, 2021

There is Freedom (click for resources)

Passage: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18

Speaker: Brian Land

Series: 2 Corinthians

Keywords: freedom, glory, transformation, palm sunday, seeing jesus, unveiled, laying cloaks, prisoners set free

PALM SUNDAY -- How do you see and respond to Jesus? Is he beautiful, or is he useful? Is he the means, or the end. Is he a great teacher, a great leader, a piece of fiction or fantasy, or is he God himself come in full glory who is transforming us into full glory? When the Palm Sunday crowds beheld Jesus, they scarcely realized that they were looking upon and in the very presence of Glory Himself. When we are able to see Jesus for who is truly is, the King of Glory, His Glory will transform us into glory.

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Sermon Discussion Questions

(click HERE for a printable version)

This is Palm Sunday, the beginning of the last week of Jesus’s life as he rode into Jerusalem on his way to the cross. He rode in as a shockingly unusual victorious King who had come to liberate his people. But his people didn’t recognize him for who he truly was. They ushered him in as a political and military ruler of an earthly kingdom, but he was coming in as a servant, sacrificial king of an eternal kingdom, freeing us from our eternal slavery.

Blind Prisoners
To begin to understand what kind of rescuing King Jesus is, we have to know what prisons we are being liberated from.

In general, macro terms, how is Sin a prison?
(how are we prisoners of Sin?)

Apply this not only to those who Christ has not set free yet but also to those who have been “set free” (i.e. saved).

Inside this Big Prison of Sin there are different cell blocks with different cells, housing different types of prisoners.

Be creative and talk about this together.

Talk about different “cell blocks” (sin categories) in life:


What else?

Within these cell blocks are the personal cells we are in...
Think about and, if you are comfortable, share the specific cell within a cell-block that holds your prisoner.

Our passage talks about how we are incredibly blind to our Sin and blind to the Gospel. We need the Holy Spirit, often working through one another, to remove the veil that blinds us.

What does that mean in real life?
How is it not really about the behavior but the heart?

Triumphant King
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit,
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Knowing the depth of our prisons, and how we prisoners are helpless, we can start to understand how amazing it is to have Jesus riding into our lives as a Victorious King.

1) Jesus’ life and death has paid the punishment for our crimes.

2) The resurrection of Jesus ushers us into a new life of freedom.

Shouting Hosanna
“When one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed”

So what do we do about all of this? How does it apply?

Describe the kind of “freedom” Jesus bought for us?

In the here and now:
How can you confess and repent of your prison cell?
Are these prison cells locked from the inside or outside?
How do you want to live in freedom in this life?

In the forever and ever:
18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.

We are already made glorious and free...and ARE BEING MADE more glorious and even more free. What does this look like?