Because He Lives!

SERIES: The Gospel According to God

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR APRIL 21-27, 2020

Point to Ponder: What difference has the resurrection made?

1 Corinthians 15:19 (NLT)

And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (NLT)

51   But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!

52   It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.

  • It was the resurrection that proved the validity and the infallibility of God’s holy promises regarding eternal life.
  • It was His resurrection that substantiated the fulfillment and the completion of God’s plan of salvation
  • It was His resurrection that revealed the efficiency and the sufficiency of His blood to atone for sin
  • It is His resurrection that has provided and implanted HOPE within the hearts of teeming millions in regards to death and the future.

Earthly hopes may leave us:

  • Distracted
  • Discouraged
  • Disappointed
  • Disgusted
  • Disturbed

Heavenly hopes leave us:                  

  • Confident
  • Calm
  • Compelled
  • Caring
  • Cheerful

Luke 24:25-31, 44-53 (NKJV)

25   Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!

26   Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”

27   And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

28   Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.

29   But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

30   Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.

31   Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight…

44   Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”

45   And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46   Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,

47   and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

48   And you are witnesses of these things.

49   Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

50   And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.

51   Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.

52   And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

53   and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.

I. The Fulfillment of Prophecies

  • The Pentateuch

Genesis 3:15 (NIV) – And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

  • The Psalms

Psalm 22:1 (NIV) – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?

  • The Prophets

Isaiah 53:1-5 (NKJV)

1     Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

2     For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

3     He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4     Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

5     But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

II. The Fulfillment of Promises

Numbers 23:19 (NIV) – God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Psalm 145:13-14 (NIV)13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.14The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

III. The Fulfillment of People

  • Emmaus

                                Jesus was made known in breaking bread

Luke 22:19 (NKJV) – And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

 Luke 24:30-31 (NKJV)30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight…

  • Theophilus

Luke 1:1-4 (NIV)1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

  • Among Us

                                Jesus is made known by His grace

Making Progress in the Journey

Before the resurrection appearances of Jesus, the disciples were in a spiritual crisis: they were likely feeling lost, confused, and disappointed. In your experience, which of the following is most likely to present you with a spiritual crisis?

Devastating financial panicDisappointment with a relationship
Anger with God over a personal disasterDomestic problems
Questions or doubts about my faithDisillusionment with church folk
Lack of direction from GodDeath of a loved one

What is it that has helped you to recognize that Jesus walks alongside you when you are down spiritually?

Time alone in prayer with GodA favorite hymn or song
Fellowship with other ChristiansA particular Bible verse
WorshipA sacrifice of praise

PRAYER PRINCIPLE:                     Praise God that the power of the resurrection gives us hope of a bright and glorious future.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE:       Share with others the hope that will be experienced with a life in Christ on both sides of life’s continuum – earthly and heavenly.

EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE:            Remind those that have forgotten and share with those who may not know that death is not a final word for those who believe in Christ.

STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE:            Our giving allows us to further Kingdom living for those in need of it.

DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE:            When in doubt about your relationship with Christ, rekindle what pulled you into that relationship in the first place or develop a more up close and personal relationship that will give your life it’s most potent meaning.

NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: Giants Do Die!

SERIES:          Ridiculous Faith

NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT:  1 Samuel 17:19-24, 37-40, 46-49; 1 Chronicles 16:7-36; Ephesians 6:18-20; Psalm 61:1-3; Psalm 59:16; Psalm 57:1-3; Isaiah 26:3

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