No Cross, No Crown

Series: Don’t Die In The Winter

Lesson 2  FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 6-12, 2021

Aim: The Key to thriving in a winter season is to know that God is preparing you for future events.  After studying this lesson students will learn contentment, and trust that God has a good purpose in the spiritual winter season!

Introduction:

If you can’t stand a little disappointment sometime,                                                                                           if you can’t stand being talked about sometime,                                                                                               if you think you should always be up and never be down,                                                                    remember no cross, no crown. No cross, no crown.

If you can’t stand a little ridicule sometimes,                                                                                                   if you can’t stand a little gossip told on you sometime,                                                                                             if you can’t stand it when your so called friend puts you down,                                                                 remember no cross, you will get no crown.

Must Jesus bear the cross alone, and all the world go free,                                                                         there is a cross for everyone and there is a cross for me.

If you can’t stand a little failure when you try sometimes,                                                                                if you can’t  stand a few tears in your eyes sometimes,                                                                                    if you can’t stand when your so called friend puts you down,                                                                remember no cross, you will get no crown, no cross no crown.

A season of pain is necessary because it produces patience and longsuffering, gives us a heart of compassion, deepens our awareness of who God is in our life, and gives us hope.  It changes our focus, not so much to particular circumstances and situations, but teaches us and trains us to keep our focus on God and His power in our life.

Unfortunately, so many of these wonderful attributes can be acquired only through painful and difficult situations in our life.  That, however, is just the way that God designed it.

We need to remember that God has a purpose for allowing suffering.  He does  not let suffering happens because He can’t stop it, or just to see us cry!  NO!  He has a purpose.  Therefore, we must accept a season of pain for a season of gain!

Let us look at few cases of people who suffered and what was gained from the suffering.

Case 1 – Canaanite Woman

21   Jesus left that place and went off to the territory near the cities of Tyre and Sidon. 

22   A Canaanite woman who lived in that region came to him. “Son of David!” she cried out. “Have mercy on me, sir! My daughter has a demon and is in a terrible condition.”

23   But Jesus did not say a word to her. His disciples came to him and begged him, “Send her away! She is following us and making all this noise!”

24   Then Jesus replied, “I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the people of Israel.”

25   At this the woman came and fell at his feet. “Help me, sir!” she said.

26   Jesus answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”

27   “That’s true, sir,” she answered, “but even the dogs eat the leftovers that fall from their masters’ table.”

28   So Jesus answered her, “You are a woman of great faith! What you want will be done for you.” And at that very moment her daughter was healed.

A Sinner and a shameful woman (v. 21-22a)

  • She was a. . .
    • Descendent of the Canaanites.
    • Dog according to the Jews
    • Driven by hope and love
  • She was. . .
  •  Desperate
  • She was willing to take a. . .
    • Risk
    • Rejection

Steadfast in spite of what appears to be a. . .

  • Disinterested       Jesus (v. 23a)
  • Disconnected     Jesus (v. 24)
  • Denying              Jesus (v. 26)

Purpose: Faith                                                                       Results:  Daughter Healed

Case 2 – Job

Job 1 (CEV)

1     Many years ago, a man named Job lived in the land of Uz. He was a truly good person, who respected God and refused to do evil.

2     Job had seven sons and three daughters.

3     He owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred pair of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and a large number of servants. He was the richest person in the East.

4     Job’s sons took turns having feasts in their homes, and they always invited their three sisters to join in the eating and drinking.

5     After each feast, Job would send for his children and perform a ceremony, as a way of asking God to forgive them of any wrongs they may have done. He would get up early the next morning and offer a sacrifice for each of them, just in case they had sinned or silently cursed God.

Job was. . .

  • Devoted     
  • Devout        
  • Diligent       

Job 1 (GWT)

13   One day when Job’s sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s home,

14   a messenger came to Job. He said, “While the oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby,

15   men from Sheba attacked. They took the livestock and massacred the servants. I’m the only one who has escaped to tell you.”

16   While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “A fire from God fell from heaven and completely burned your flocks and servants. I’m the only one who has escaped to tell you.”

17   While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three companies and made a raid on the camels. They took the camels and massacred the servants. I’m the only one who has escaped to tell you.”

18   While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine at their oldest brother’s home \

19   when suddenly a great storm swept across the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It fell on the young people, and they died. I’m the only one who has escaped to tell you.”

20   Job stood up, tore his robe in grief, and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground and worshiped.

21   He said “Naked I came from my mother, and naked I will return.  The Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away! May the name of the Lord be praised.”

22   Through all this Job did not sin or blame God for doing anything wrong.

Job lost. . .

  • Fortune
  • Fitness (Job 2:7)
  • Family
  • Friends

Job lost his fortune, fitness, family and friends, but he did not lose his faith!

Purpose: Endurance                                                                       Results: Everything restored

Case 3 – Jonah

Jonah 1 (NKJV)

1     Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

2     “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.”

3     But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.  

4     But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.  

5     Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.  

6     So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”  

7     And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.

8     Then they said to him, “Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”  

9     So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land. 

10   Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, “Why have you done this?” For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

11   Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?”—for the sea was growing more tempestuous.  

12   And he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.”

Jonah went. . .

  • Down to the ship
  • Down in sleep
  • Down to the sea
  • Up on the shore

Leaving the presence of God is always a downward journey.

Luke 10:30 (GNT) – Jesus answered, “There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead.

Jonah was. . .

  • Prejudice    
  • Peeved       
  • Personal      

Jonah learned the importance of . . .

  • Obedience
  • Obligation  
  • Observance          

God’s purpose in pain is to:

  • Direct           us                 Canaanite mother
  • Inspect         us                 Job
  • Correct        us                 Jonah
  • Protect         us                 Paul

2 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT)even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

Case 4 – Jesus, The Christ

Jesus was. . .

  • Son    of God
  • Seeker        
  • Savior         

Matthew 3:16-17 (NKJV) 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Luke 19:10 (NKJV) – for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Luke 2:11 (NKJV) – For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Consider His. . .

  Glory      

Psalm 8:1 (NKJV):O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!                                                                                          Psalm 24:7-10 (NKJV) 7 Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!  And the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty,  The LORD mighty in battle.  9 Lift up your heads, O you gates!  Lift up, you everlasting doors!  And the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts,  He is the King of glory.

   Love        

Jeremiah 31:3 (NKJV): The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:  “ Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;  Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.                       Ephesians 2:4-5 (NKJV): 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

    Power    

Psalm 89:6 (NKJV)For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD?  Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD?                                                                       Psalm 145:3-5 (NKJV) 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;  And His greatness is unsearchable.  4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. 5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.

  Grace     

Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV)For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,                                                                                                            Romans 11:8 (NKJV)And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.                 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 

Jesus was. . .

  • Carried from judgment hall to judgment
  • Crowned with thorns
  • Cat-o-nine whip used on Him
  • Crucified by the Romans
  • Cross

Purpose: Salvation                                            Results: Deliverance for sinners

Since we know God has a purpose for allowing us to suffer, we should:

  • Kick the complaining habit
  • Make good choices
  • Change your focus

PRAYER PRINCIPLE:                     Thank God for the examples we have of how to respond or not respond during our winter season

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE:       Be the best example of God’s love, power and grace while reflecting HIS glory upon others.

EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE:            Share with others how Christ displayed the proper stance during the worst time of his life for our sake.

STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE:            Giving up some things requires giving some things to gain a crown.

DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE:            Our lives are not our own to squander but be the best example based on the instructions we receive from our Lord and Savior.

NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: Out of Sync – Out of Season

SERIES:          Don’t Die in the Winter

NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT:           Ecclesiastes 3:1; Genesis 12:1-2; Genesis 13:14-16; Genesis 15:1-6, 18; Genesis 16:1-6; Genesis 21:1-13

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