NextLevel Online: Between Two Trees

Session 3: The Tree of Death - When Love Became Flesh, Why Did We Kill It?

Why did we kill love when it became flesh? What happened when we became one flesh with death? If we understand how bad the problem is then we may begin to appreciate how beautiful the solution must be.



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  • When Love became flesh, why did we kill It?

    • John 1:9-11

    • Matthew 21:33-46

  • The Depths of Union: The Depths of the Problem

    • Union isn’t just “holding hands”—it is more like an ingestion of food or drink.

    • If sin is “union with Death,” then the problem of sin is way worse than we typically appreciate.

      • We are so consumed by darkness that if light came toward us, we would try to kill it.

      • Why? Because “darkness fears the light.”

  • Darkness Fears the Light

    • As kids, I was afraid of the dark—not the light.

    • Yet as I got older, an inversion occurred—where light became a threat.

    • I call this “wake-up call theology” (i.e., someone flipping on the lights to wake you up).

  • Conclusion

    • Why did we kill love when it became flesh? Because in Eden, we became one flesh with death.

    • So, we speak the grammar of Death, fear what Death fears, think how Death thinks, fight how Death fights—we live, move, and have our being infused with Death.

    • Why is all of this so important?

      • If we understand how bad the problem is then we may begin to appreciate how beautiful the solution must be.

Discussion Questions for Video 3:

  • What is John purpose in starting his Gospel by emphasizing that creation doesn’t recognize or receive the Lord?

  • How do we live in the light if we are unified with darkness?

  • What is the vocabulary of the language of Death? What examples can we give of the grammar of Death in our lives?

  • How do we become aware of the ways Death has infiltrated our language and actions?

  • If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will immediately jump out. But if you throw a frog into a pot of cold water and slowly increase the temperature until it is boiling, it won’t notice, and it will die. How do our habits sneak up on us?

  • How can we help each other to become less sensitive to the light? How can we push each other out of the habits of darkness?

  • Shane explained that when you try to separate two things that have become one it deeply impacts everything around them. How can we help others see this in our churches?

  • Do you agree with Shane’s perspective on our fear of the light? Why or why not?

  • Where are you afraid of the dark?

  • Where are you afraid of the light?

  • How can we sever this union with Death, so that we can be in union with Christ again?

  • What do you think life looks like without union to Death?

  • We killed Jesus with our sin and he was the definition of love. So how are we killing others (figuratively) today?

  • From an evangelism standpoint, if those who live in the darkness are so accustomed to the dark that they fear the light, how do we bring the light to them?

  • Have you ever been in a predicament where you knew there was a solution, but you didn’t actually want to take steps towards the solution because you were so accustomed to how you’ve been living?

  • How can we avoid “Christianizing” our sin to keep it out of the light?

  • What can we learn about God from studying physical light?

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.