Week of December 23 – 29, 2020
AIM: This lesson calls for us to consider WHO Jesus is, WHAT He has done; WHERE He is and WHAT our response to Him ought to be. . .not just at Christmas but ALL yearlong! Then GO and tell others to CONSIDER JESUS! He will make a difference in their life!
Hebrews 3:1 (HCSB)
Therefore, holy brothers and companions in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession;
I. Who He Is
He is the Creator
Colossians 1:16 (HCBS) – For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
- He is the Creator and the heavens reveal His glory!
- If you can believe Genesis 1 – you can believe the ENTIRE Bible!
- By verse 3 Jesus speaks the world into existence
- He also created man and specifically He created you and me!
- But God wants you to know today that –
- The same God that created the stars of Heaven can make you shine even brighter.
- The same God that spoke the world into existence can bring new life to yours in an instant.
- The same God that formed the chaotic earth into something beautiful and useful can transform your life into something beautiful and useful!
- God is God and He can do all things! But for Him to do that you must yield yourself to Him!
- He is Immanuel
Matthew 1:23 (NCV) – “The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.”
- Since the fall, man has always strived to know God and to have a relationship with Him, but sin had destroyed that relationship.
- Since man could not effectively approach God, Jesus left heaven and came to earth.
- He took on flesh and became one of us.
- He is the Savior.
Luke 2:10-11 (NCV) – 10 The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. 11 Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord.
- The night that Jesus was born, the world was a dark place and all mankind was lost in the darkness of sin.
- Man could not fix his own problem of sin. He needed a Savior to do for him what he could not do for himself.
- Jesus came to the earth to do just that!
II. WHAT HE DID
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 Lived A Perfect Life
- Jesus came to earth and clothes Himself with human flesh and became one of us.
- He was tempted in every way, just as we are, but never sinned!
- He taught us how to live in righteousness, but the perfect life He lived also afford Him the ability to become. . .the perfect sacrifice!
- He was the Perfect Sacrifice
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NKJV) – 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
- For thousands of years man sought the most perfect of their flocks to offer as a sacrifice to God for the covering of their sins.
- But these lambs could never take away man’s sins, only cover them because no lamb is divine and no lamb is truly prefect.
- Jesus, the Perfect Lamb of God, lived a perfect live, having never sinned
- He is Our High Priest
- Another reason for Jesus becoming a man was so that He might become High Priest
Hebrews 2:14-17 (NLT) – 14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. 16 We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.
ü Jesus became a man so that He could die a physical death in our place to pay the price for our sins but also so that He could be our High Priest.
ü After He died on the cross, Jesus went to Heaven and entered the Holy of Holies and offered His blood on the Mercy Seat for the forgiveness of our sins.
ü He became one of us in order to restore us to the Father.
III. WHERE HE IS
1) He Ascended Back To Heaven
Acts 1:9-10a (NIV) – 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going. . .”
- Jesus had completed all that He came to earth to do. . .
- He taught man how to live in righteousness
- He restored our relationship with God
- He died on the cross
- He rose again so that those who believe in Him could be saved
- With His work completed, He ascended back to Heaven.
- What is He doing in Heaven today. . .?
- He is Seated on The Throne
Mark 16:19 (NIV) – After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.
ü He resumed His position of glory and power and dominion over all creation.
ü He welds that power to defend and protect us from the Evil One and
ü He has empowered us through the Holy Spirit to live a holy life
3) He is Ready To Return for Us
Acts 1:10-11 (NIV) – 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
ü Jesus promised that He would return again and receive us into Heaven
John 14:3 (NKJV) – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
ü When He comes, He is not coming again for everyone! He is only coming for His people.
ü He is coming only for those who are saved by His grace.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NKJV) – 13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 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. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
IV. CONSIDER JESUS
1) Consider Jesus for a moment. . .
2) Consider who He is and all that He has done. . .
3) Consider what your response ought to be. . .
ü If Jesus is Lord of all creation, He ought to be Lord of your life!
ü If Jesus gave His life for us, we ought to live our life for Him!
ü If Jesus is Sovereign over all things, we ought to live with boldness!
ü If Jesus is returning for His people, we ought to be ready for Him!
ü If Jesus is all of these things that Scripture has revealed to us in our studies, then we ought to worship Him in all that we do!
You have tried the rest…now try The Best!!
PRAYER PRINCIPLE: Prayerfully remember what prompted your initial love for Christ and how to rekindle it to keep that love fresh in your life.
SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE: Let others know why Christ should be Lord of their life.
EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE: Share with others why accepting Jesus as Lord should be considered a priority in their life.
STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE: Giving offers others the opportunity to get to know why Christ should be considered as Lord of their life.
DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE: Even though we have had our share of personal failures – moral, spiritual, financial, relational and others – don’t forget that Christ has considered us just that same; and ofttimes has considered us all the more.
NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: God is a God of Seasons
SERIES: Don’t Die in the Winter
NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Luke 6:44; John 15:1-2; Matthew 26:36-46; Romans 8:28; James 1:2-4; 2 Corinthians 4:8-16; Psalm 46:10-11; Habakkuk 2:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Zechariah 4:6; Genesis 7:10; Genesis 8:6, 13; Mark 4:15; Philippians 1:6