SERIES: Jesus and The Disinherited
SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 6, 2020
We have watched on the television the Democratic and Republican convention where they nominated a person to take charge and lead the United States for the next four years. Today, we want to take a look at THE Person we should select to guide us not only in the next four years but throughout our life. We wish to present this Person in the same format that the Democrats and the Republicans used.
- Choices have consequences!
Joshua 24:15 (NCV)
But if you don’t want to serve the Lord, you must choose for yourselves today whom you will serve. You may serve the gods that your ancestors worshiped when they lived on the other side of the Euphrates River, or you may serve the gods of the Amorites who lived in this land. As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
Matthew 27 (AMP)
- Again the governor said to them, which of the two do you wish me to release for you? And they said, Barabbas!
- Pilate said to them, Then what shall I do with Jesus Who is called Christ?
- They all replied, let Him be crucified!
A choice had to be made by. . .
- Today – You
I. His Person
Wonderful – so many wonderful things about Him
- His name is wonderful
- He was wonderful in His birth
- Wonderful in His life
- Wonderful in His Ministry
- Wonderful in His death
- Wonderful in His resurrection
- Wonderful in His ascension
Wide-reaching – His lineage reaches far and wide.
- Holy and profane people are in his lineage
- Kings and paupers
- Virgins and prostitutes
- Jews and Gentiles
- Rich and poor
- Honest and dishonest
- Black and white
- One of his ancestors was a harlot
- Another ancestor though a king – committed adultery and had the woman’s husband killed
- He had an ancestor who lied and schemed most of his way through life.
- Another ancestor, a woman stood on a roadside dressed as a prostitute and seduced her father-in-law and had twins by him.
- I tell you this not for gossip sake, but for Gospel sake!
- I tell you this so you will know that no matter how bad you think you are, He can and will reach way down and lift you up!
Matthew 1:1-6 (NCV)
1 This is the family history of Jesus Christ. He came from the family of David, and David came from the family of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah. (Their mother was Tamar.) Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram. 4 Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon. 5 Salmon was the father of Boaz. (Boaz’s mother was Rahab.) Boaz was the father of Obed. (Obed’s mother was Ruth.) Obed was the father of Jesse. 6 Jesse was the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon. (Solomon’s mother had been Uriah’s wife.)
- Wonderous – He is Human and Divine:
He was human because He had a woman as His mother.
He was divine because He had God as His father.
He was so human He was born in a stable,
He is divine because He made heaven and earth.
He was so human He was laid in a manager,
But He was so divine shepherds came to worship Him.
He was so human He was wrapped in swaddling clothes,
But He was so divine wise men brought gifts to Him.
He was so human He had no home,
But He is so divine He is preparing a mansion for us in the sky.
He was so human he thirst for water,
He was so divine He could walk on water.
He was so human he became hungry,
He was so divine he could feed 5,000 men with a few fish and loaves of bread
He was so human he wept,
But He is so divine that He is wiping tears from our eyes.
He was so human he prayed,
But He is so divine that He answers prayers.
He was so human he died on a cross,
But He is so divine that He is giving life to millions today.
He was so human they laid Him in a grave,
But He was so divine that death, hell and the grave couldn’t hold him
He was so human he rode on a donkey,
But He was so divine that the stepped on a cloud and returned to His Father.
He was so human he grew tired and sat on Jacob’s well,
But He is so divine He now sits at the right hand of God.
II. His Platform
- John the Baptist – He was introduced by John the Baptist.
- John didn’t live in a fine home but lived in the wilderness
- John didn’t wear silk suits – but wore camel’s hair
- His diet was not steak, lobster or even chicken, but locust and honey
- In fact, he did not shave or even cut his hair
- His introduction was simple – pointing to the candidate he simply said “behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
- Jesus – Eyes turned to see who John was pointing to – everyone was amazed at the sight:
- His hair was like lamb’s wool
Revelation 1:14 (KJV) – His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;
- His eyes like flaming fire
Revelation 1:14 (KJV) – . . . and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
- He was not good looking that we would get caught up in looks – Isaiah said there is no beauty that when we see him that we would desire him.
Isaiah 53:2 (KJV) – . . . and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
- His opening statement was short and simple:
Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV)
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
After this, He sat down. . .and they began to question Him. . .
Jesus, tell us what you think about. . .
Unemployment – Go into my vineyard and work, and whatever is right I will pay. (Matthew 20:1-7)
Education – come and learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:29)
Equal Opportunity/immigrant issue – all who come to me I will in no wise cast out (John 6:37)
Fair Housing – In my Father’s house there are many mansions . . .I go to prepare one for you and if I go I will come again. . .(John 14:2-3)
Youth Program – let the children come to me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of God. (Luke 18:16)
Animal rights – look at the birds in the air, they don’t work, they don’t go to Kroger’s, Meijer’s or Shop and Save, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. In fact, they cannot fall from the sky without Him knowing about it. (Matthew 6:25-26)
Capital punishment – He who is without sin let him cast the first stone (John 8:7)
Material wealth – What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (Matthew 16:26)
Taxes – render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar and unto God the things that are God (Luke 20:22-25)
Foreign Policy – Isis, Taliban, Muslims, Islam – God so loved the WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Black Lives Matter – Whosoever will, let Him come. . .I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly! (John 10:10)
- For the young, He was too old – He is older than His mother and the same age as His Father.
- For the old He was too young – His ministry started at age 30
- For the conservatives – He was too liberal – “come unto me ALL who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
- For the liberals – too conservative– “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.”
- His endorsements:
- Newspapers across the country hail him as “good news.”
- The publishing companies recognize Him as the “author and finisher of our faith.”
- The bakery society endorsed Him as the “Bread of life.”
- Florist shops want Him because He is the “Rose of Sharon.”
- Even the opposition endorsed Him – a centurion said, “never a man spoke like this man.”
- A doubting disciple referred to Him – as “my Lord and My God!”
- A denying disciple said – “thou art the Christ the Son of the Living God.”
- But His highest endorsement was from God – “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”!
III. His Promises
- Are sure and true –
- He is a promise keeper
- My grace is sufficient for any and all situations (2 Corinthians 12:9)
- All things work together for good (Romans 8:28)
- He will wipe every tear from our eyes (Revelations 7:15; 21:3)
- He will hear and answer our prayers (Mark 11:24)
- No weapon formed against you shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17)
- I will not leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5)
- What’s His Name? He is called. . .
Justification (Romans 4:24, 25)
Eternal life (John 4:13, 14)
Salvation (Matthew 1:21)
Unification (John 12:24)
Satisfaction (John 7:37)
If we want America great, if we want a better life!
I NOMINATE JESUS CHRIST. . . Make Him Your Choice!!!
No voting is necessary!!
PRAYER PRINCIPLE: Be thankful for the relationship you can have as a result of getting to know Christ.
SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE: Share with others how having Christ as your Lord has made a difference in your life and can make in their life.
EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE: Let others know how their life matters because of Christ and what was done on the cross.
STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE: Our giving allows others to experience Christ.
DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE: Remembering how Christ has made a difference in your life can get you out of whatever predicament you may find yourself in.
NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: When God Crashes Your Party
SERIES: Jesus and the Disinherited
NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT: Daniel 5:1-29; Luke 12:16-20; Job 1:14-19; Galatians 6:7; Hebrews 3:15