SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 16-22, 2020
Aim: When we recognize the real meaning of His name and that it gives meaning and purpose as to why He came to the world, it should fill us with joy, delight and wonderment. It is so wonderful to realize that God gave the gift of Himself to a lost world! This is why we celebrate at this time!
Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”I.
I. His Name identifies His Person
“JE” – is the abbreviation for Jehovah
“SUS” – is the abbreviation for Savior
II. His Name identifies His Purpose:
to be the Savior of the world
The Mission of the Savior
John 3:17 (KJV) – For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Luke 4:43 (NIV) – But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”
Luke 4:18-19 (NIV) – 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
- He lived to save sinners
Luke 19:10 (NIV) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
- He died to save sinners
1 John 3:16 (NCV) – This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters.
Titus 2:14 (NLT) – He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
- He rose to save sinners
Romans 4:25 (NLT) – He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
Romans 10:9 (NKJV) – that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
- He is now interceding to save sinners
Romans 8:34 (NKJV) – Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Hebrews 7:25 (NKJV) – Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
- He is coming again to complete the salvation of sinners
1 Thessalonians 4:17 (NKJV) – Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Hebrews 9:28 (NKJV) – so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
- The Meaning of the word Savior
- One who. . .
1 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV) – This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
Hebrews 2:9 (NKJV) – But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
Titus 2:14 (NKJV) – who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
III. His Name identifies His People
The Jewish people are considered “His people”
All who believe in Him are “His people”
John 1:12 (NKJV) – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
IV. His Name identifies His Praise
- Jesus is His Manger name.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Luke 2:7 (GNT) – She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger—there was no room for them to stay in the inn.
- Jesus is His Ministry name.
John 1:45 (NKJV) – Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
C. Jesus is His Redemption name.
John 19:19 (NKJV) – And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS
D. Jesus is His Resurrection name
Mark 16:6 (NKJV) – And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him
E. Jesus is His Gospel name.
2 Corinthians 4:5 (NKJV) – “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
F. Jesus is His Glorified name.
Philippians 2:9-11 (NKJV) – 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) – Therefore the Lord himself will give youa sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Matthew 1:23 (KJV) – Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
- God With Us – IN THE FLESH
- This truth is fundamental to EVERYTHING else!
- It is such an amazing truth that Paul, who had so much revealed to him by the Lord, called it a mystery!
1 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) – And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
- God With Us – AS REDEEMER
- Because we were unable to save ourselves, He came to bring salvation to us, but at what a cost!
Philippians 2:8 (NIV) – . . .he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
- Good works were marred by our sinful nature, so they would not do.
- Silver and gold, and all that it represents could not pay the price of our salvation.
- Sin had to be paid with by death!
- And here we have the death of the perfect substitute in our place.
- Our salvation was purchased with HIS blood.
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV) – 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
Acts 20:28b (NIV) – . . . the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
2 Corinthians 5:19 (NLT) – For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.
- Can you imagine giving someone an introduction to Jesus Christ, and them having the Gift of Eternal Life! Now that’s a Christmas gift!!
- God With Us – IN ALL FULLNESS
- It is really an astounding fact that He didn’t share just a portion of Himself with us when we were born again, but He has given us everything we need and more!
Colossians 2:9-10 (HCSB) – 9 For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, 10 and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
- To help us appreciate this, the Lord did not simply give us a manual, although we do have one in the Bible, but to aid our understanding He came right where we are – just like we are –
- He is not at the end of a telephone line to call centered in heaven
- He is not being represented by some mighty angelic being
- He is not on a television screen with a transmission from some celestial studio
- NO! We now have GOD WITH US – IN ALL FULLNESS.
- Not just a manual but EMMANUEL!
- A manual can be good and helpful, but it is even better when we have someone to explain it to us, and God has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth!
John 1:17-18 (NLT) – 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
4) To comprehend what this means is really too much for us to take in, but our lack of full understanding does not prevent us from possessing the reality in our daily lives – not just at Christmas!
- God With Us – ALWAYS
2 Corinthians 6:16 (NIV) – . . . For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 (NLT) – . . . 5 For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” 6 So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
Matthew 28:20 (NLT) – . . . And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
PRAYER PRINCIPLE: Be thankful that we have a Savior that thought enough of us to become one of us and die for us so that we would know His presence is with us.
SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE: Let others know the pleasure associated with a Savior that is always with us.
EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE: Share with others how much our Savior cared for us that he was born to die for us all.
STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE: Our giving helps others get to know Christ.
DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE: Regardless of the outcome of your life, please remember the gift of salvation never expires no matter how much we delay its acceptance.
NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: Called to Consider Jesus
NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT: Hebrews 3:1; Colossians 1:16; Matthew 1:23; Luke 2:10-11; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 2:14-17; Acts 1:9-10; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:10-11; John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18