SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 9–15, 2020
AIM: After studying this lesson, students should be aware of, and knowledgeable of, the Name given to the One we are to call on! And realize that His Name is our reassurance of Who He is and What His purpose is!
In biblical times, a person’s name was an indication of their character. It is said that a picture paints a thousand words. In Scripture a name paints a thousand words. A person’s name described their character, their personality.
- Isaac means “laughter.” He brought laughter to Abraham/Sarah
- Isaiah means “God is my salvation.” His prophecies clearly point to this.
- Peter means “rock.” He became the “bedrock” and pillar for the church.
- One of God’s names is – “I AM that I AM.” This name means. . .
- I am eternal
- I am everlasting
- I am all-encompassing
- I AM ALL you will ever need
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
I. His name is Wonderful Counselor
The Hebrew word translated “wonderful” in this verse signifies . . .
- something indescribably great;
- something so tremendous,
- so amazing, that it’s literally beyond description.
- Something that transcends human experience or imagination.
So when the Scriptures refer to Jesus as a “wonderful” counselor, it doesn’t just mean that he’s good at giving advice. It means that he understands things which are beyond the ability of our finite minds to comprehend.
what makes him a wonderful counselor?
- He UNDERSTANDS your struggles!
Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV) – For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
- He CARES for you!
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Exodus 3:7-8a (NIV) – 7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them. . .
- He LOVES you!
- His love is unconditional
- His love is Sacrificial
- His love doesn’t change
John 3:16 (NKJV) – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1 John 3:1 (NKJV) – Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Romans 5:8 (NKJV) – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
II. His Name is Mighty God!
how do we know He is the Mighty God. . .
- Eyewitnesses and their testimony to this fact:
1) John The Baptist –
John 1:29-34 (NKJV) – 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” 32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
- John The Apostle –
1 John 5:20 (NKJV) – And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
- Thomas –
John 20:28 (NKJV) – And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
- The Centurion –
Matthew 27:54 (NKJV) – So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
- Jesus Himself –
John 14:9-10 (NKJV) – 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
- God – Exodus 3:13-14 (NKJV) – 13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
- Jesus – John 8:58 (NKJV) – Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
- He is God because of what He did. . .
- Performed miracles
- Prophecies fulfilled
- Power to raise the dead even Himself!
Matthew 28:5-7 (NKJV) – 5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
John 11:41-44 (NKJV) – 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave- clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
Mark 4:35-41 (NKJV) – 35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
- If Jesus is not who He claimed to be. . .
- Then it is all just a huge waste of time
- It’s all a lie!
- Your sins are not forgiven!
- You are not going to heaven!
- Your prayers will not be answered!
- Your worship and service are meaningless!
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.
III. His Name is EVERLASTING FATHER!
How Jesus is the Everlasting Father – this title speaks to. . .
- His Everlasting Presence With Us
Psalm 46:1 (NKJV) – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble
Hebrews 13:5b(NKJV) – . . . I will never leave you nor forsake you
Matthew 28:20b (NKJV) – . . . and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV) – Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
- His Everlasting Provision For Us
Isaiah 46:4(NCV) – Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you. I will carry you and save you.
Matthew 6:25-33 (NCV) – 25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about the food or drink you need to live, or about the clothes you need for your body. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. 26 Look at the birds in the air. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. And you know that you are worth much more than the birds. 27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it. 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? Look at how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that even Solomon with his riches was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 30 God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire. So you can be even more sure that God will clothe you. Don’t have so little faith! 31 Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. 33 Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.
Knowing that Jesus is the everlasting Father, shows us that He is not only ABLE to meet these needs. . .He is also WILLING to meet them!
Philippians 4:19 (NKJV) – And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Jesus is the Everlasting Father who provides. . .
ü Words for tough situations
ü Guidance we need for tough decisions
ü Comfort we need in times of heartbreak
ü People who will stand alongside us and teach us
ü Answers to our prayers
3) His Everlasting Protection Of Us
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV) – Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Isaiah 43:1-3 (NKJV) – 1 But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
- His Everlasting Patience With Us
Psalm 103:8-14 (NKJV) – 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
5) His Everlasting Passion For Us
ü This passion is seen in His love of us (John 13:1)
ü This passion is seen in His adoption of us (Eph. 1:4-5)
ü This passion is seen in His acceptance of us (Romans 15:7)
ü This passion is seen in His belief in us (Eph. 2:10)
John 13:1 (NKJV) – Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
Ephesians 1:4-5 (NKJV) – just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Romans 15:7 (NKJV) – Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
IV. His Name is PRINCE OF PEACE!
What is “peace”? Where is it? How can you actually live in it?
1) Peace – Shalom
ü Shalom is to have and to live a life characterized by flourishing, completeness and wholeness.
ü Shalom is a guiding peace
Colossians 3:15 (NKJV) – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
· Rule – to be an umpire
a) to decide
b) to determine
c) to direct
d) to control
ü Shalom is a guarding peace
· Guard –
a) to protect by military force
b) to prevent a hostile invasion
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) – 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
c) God’s peace guards your heart and your mind from the hostile invasion of worry and anxiety!
É Anxiety is not a condition it is a choice!!
2) Where is this peace that the Angels where singing about?
3) Where is this peace that Jesus talked about?
4) Where is this peace? – Where it always has been – with the PRINCE OF PEACE!
Matthew 11:28-29 (KJV) – 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
John 16:33 (KJV) – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
5) Perhaps you are looking for peace as the world gives it.
John 14:27 (KJV) – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
6) The peace that the world gives is. . .
ü Fake peace
ü Unstable peace
ü Shallow peace
ü Hollow peace
7) We need to turn our problems, fears, anxieties over to Jesus – He is the Prince of Peace!
Philippians 4:7 (KJV) – And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
PRAYER PRINCIPLE: Thank God that we have a Savior that meets us in character on so many levels – Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace
SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE: As you see others experience difficulties, explain to them what Christ means to you as it relates to your similar plights in life.
EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE: Share with others how Christ remained faithful to his mission to become our Savior.
STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE: Giving helps others get to know Christ’s character.
DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE: Many times we feel unworthy of any Godly experience because of our past (or sometimes present experience); just know that regardless of your lot in life, God has a glorious future that’s yours for the claiming.
NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: Call His Name
NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT: Matthew 1:21; John 3:17; Luke 4:43; Luke 4:18-19; Luke 19:10; 1 John 3:16; Titus 2:14; Romans 4:25; Romans 10:9; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 2:9; Titus 2:14; John 1:12; Luke 2:7; John 1:45; John 19:19; Mark 16:6; 2 Corinthians 4:5; Philippians 2:8-11; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Acts 20:28; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:9-10; John 1:17-18; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Hebrews 13:5-6; Matthew 28:20