Riddle, Riddle, Riddle Re, I See Something You Don’t See!

SERIES: Jesus and The Disinherited


AIM: After studying this lesson, students need to do a self-examination and see if they see  as Jesus wants them to see!  Or, do they see what THEY want to see! 

I. Consider

John 8:10-11 (NKJV) – 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours?  Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Matthew 15:23, 28 (NLT) 23. . . Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”. . . 28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.

Matthew 9:9 (NIV) – As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

John 4:7, 27 (NKJV)7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”. . . 27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”

Matthew 14:15-16 (NIV)15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

Luke 23:39-43 (NLT)39 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”40 But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41 We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” 43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

  • Disciples saw:         Adulteress woman needing stoning
  • Jesus saw:              A woman needing a second chance
  • Disciples saw:         Canaanite woman as a bother
  • Jesus saw:              A mother’s faith
  • Disciples saw:         Matthew as a tax collector
  • Jesus saw:              A Man who could be His disciple
  • Disciples saw:         Samaritan woman as an undesirable
  • Jesus saw:              A woman needing a Messiah
  • Disciples saw:         A crowd needing to leave
  • Jesus saw:              A people needing bread
  • Disciples saw:         Thief on the cross as a criminal getting when he deserves
  • Jesus saw:              A repentant sinner
  1. Jesus saw: their need
  2. He saw useless lives that could be useful
  3. He saw a life being wasted
  4. He saw a sinner who needed a Savior
  • Jesus sees the person and not their. . .
  • position
  • past
  • present
  • He saw beyond their faults and saw their needs
  • People see what we do and not who we are.
  • They “label” us by what we do

Matthew 25:34-40 (NKJV)

34   Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35   for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

36   I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37   “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?

38   When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

39   Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

40   And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

II. Compassion

This parable emphasizes the connection between seeing a need and acting on it

It is reminiscent of the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke.

The parable says that all three observers of the man in the ditch “saw him.” 

The first two engaged in a twofold action.  They “saw him” and then, in response to that sighting, they “passed by on the other side.” 

The response of the third person is threefold.  He “saw him,” he was “moved with compassion,” and then he took action to express his compassion and assist the injured man.

Luke 10:30-32 (NLT) – 30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. 31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

  • The sequence of seeing, having compassion, and acting is a common one in the gospels. 

                          In Luke’s Gospel. . .

  1. when Jesus “saw” the woman weeping at the death of her only son, he “had compassion for her,” and brought her son to life
  2. when the father “saw” the prodigal son “still far off. . .he was filled with compassion” and ran and embrace him.

Luke 7:11-15 (NLT) – 11 Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. 12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. 14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Luke 10:20 (NLT) – “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him

Matthew and Mark repeatedly tell us that when Jesus “saw” the crowds, He   had compassion on them and healed, fed, and taught them.

  • Pity stands and stares – compassion sees and serves.

God’s church is not showing compassion. . .

  • I was hungry and you formed a humanities club and discussed my hunger.
  • I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly to your church and prayed for my release.
  • I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance
  • I was sick and you knelt and thanked God for your health
  • I was homeless and you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of God.
  • I was lonely and you left me alone to pray for me.
  • I was killed by the police and you changed the names of sport’s teams.
  • I was unemployed, underemployed and you said I was just lazy.
  • I was barefoot and you told me to pull myself up by my boot straps!
  • I demanded reparation and you told me you gave me Obama!
  • You seem so close to God; but I am still very hungry, and lonely, and cold, and discriminated against.

Point to Ponder: If the Church does not see as Jesus sees. . .what is our problem?  Does your class have a missions project?  Can you do better?  Can you do more? Why or why not?

III. Concern

  1. The ultimate mark of an authentic Christian is not his creed, his faith, or his Bible knowledge, but his concern which he shows to those who are in need. 
  2. The practical demonstration of love is the final proof.
  • Jesus does not ask anyone to present his case or argue his cause.
  • He asks no questions nor requests any evidence.
  • He simply extends to this one group the invitation to “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom.”

3. Then He explains the basis of his choice. 

  • He has simply noted that when they had an opportunity to help someone in need, they just did itNothing more is required

4. In Matthew 25, Jesus is telling us what Christians will look like: He said they will. . .

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Give a bed to strangers
  • Clothe the naked
  • Look after the sick
  • Visit those in prison

This is how the world will recognize the followers of Christ. 

5. We will treat everyone the same, regardless of. . .

  • Position
  • Popularity
  • Prestige

IV. Counterfeit Christians

  • There will be those who will claim to be Christians but they won’t do things that Jesus said to do. 
  • He is saying if you are not bearing my fruit, you’re not really wearing my name.
  • If we know Christ, then we are to show Christ!

V. Commitment

Christ is looking for committed service.

  • Humble Service 
  • Immediate Service    
  • Unrealized Service 
  • In spite of Service 

Christ is looking for committed servants . . .for ALL groups.

  • No adults over children
  • No known over the unknown
  • No rich over poor
  • No favoritism

John 13:15 (NLT) – I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

IV. Changes

  1. Woman caught in adultery – Sins forgiven
  2. Canaanite mother – daughter healed
  3. Samaritan woman – saved and evangelized the town
  4. Crowd – fed by Jesus and had leftovers
  5. Thief on the cross – saved and was with Jesus in paradise the same day
  6. Matthew went from
  • Unprofitable to profitable
  • From collecting taxes to collecting truths
  • Write gospel showing Jesus as King with a Kingdom

Riddle, riddle, riddle re, I see something you don’t see. . .what do YOU see Christian?

PRAYER PRINCIPLE:                     Thank God for His consideration, compassion, concern, commitment and changes that He has made in your life.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE:       Use the eyes of Christ to meet the needs of others and see the value in others.

EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE:            Share with others the wonderful change that has taken place in you as a result of your relationship with Christ.

STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE:            Your giving helps to make a difference in the lives of others just as someone else’s giving did the same for you.

DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE:            A change in your perspective and outlook can help you see through the eyes of Christ.

NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: Why Does Evil Succeed

SERIES:          Jesus and the Disinherited

NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT:  Judges 9:1-15; Isaiah 44:28; Proverbs 29:18

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.