Sunday School Lessons
SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS
"The Word Was in the Beginning" has six lessons. The first two stress the creative power of God's Word and the many nuances of understanding in the meaning behind the Word. Lesson 3 looks at the power of Jesus' words to change water into wine, to clear the Temple, to address the longing of the human heart, and to heal. Lesson 4 looks at the power of the Word for salvation. On Palm and Easter Sunday, we look at the death and resurrection of Jesus as recorded in John.
The disciples were afraid and locked themselves in a room. They did not expect a resurrection. When Jesus appeared to them, they greatly rejoiced.
Monday: To Save Sinners Like Me - 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Tuesday: Judgement of Jesus - John 19:4-16
Wednesday: "We Have a Law" - Leviticus 24:10-16
Thursday: Crucifixion of Jesus - John 19:17-25
Friday: "Father Into Your Hands" - Psalm 31:1-5
Saturday: Burial of Jesus - John 19:38-42
Sunday: Resurrection of Jesus - John 20:1-10, 19-20
The three lessons offer a study in the power of Jesus' words as He lived among us as a human being. Jesus' words have the power not only to purify the Temple, but to restore human life and to heal, as well.
The Jewish people had to buy animals for their sacrifices in the temple. Jesus turns over the tables of the money changers in the temple because they should not have been in the temple cheating those who came to buy and worship.
Monday: Building the Temple - 1 Chronicles 28:1-10
Tuesday: The Lord Has Chosen Zion - Psalm 132:1-14
Wednesday: Keeping the Passover - 2 Chronicles 30:1-9
Thursday: The House of the Lord - Psalm 122
Friday: My Father's House - Luke 2:41-51
Saturday: Zeal of God's House - Psalm 69:6-15
Sunday: Cleasing the Temple - John 2:13-22
The dual meaning of water and the dual boundaries that Jesus crosses are expressed in this story. The "living water" refers to fresh drinking water or life-giving water (v. 10). Jesus crosses two cultural boundaries in this story: the boundary between Jews and Samaritians and between men and women.
Monday: Planted By Streams of Water - Psalm 1
Tuesday: Longing For God - Psalm 42
Wednesday: The Water of Life - Revelation 22:10-17
Thursday: The Samaritans' Heresy - 2 Kings 17:26-34
Friday: Worshipping What You Do Not Know - John 4:16-22
Saturday: Fields Ripe For Harvest - John 4:35-42
Sunday: "Come and See" - John 4:7-15, 23-26, 28-30
The healing power of clay made with spittle was a popular form of healing in the Greco-Roman world. John also write how a person can have sight but not see, and how a blind man received his sight and the gift to see truth.
Monday: Hope For the Future - Isaiah 29:-17-21
Tuesday: Separating Light From Darkness - Genesis 1:14-19
Wednesday: Light For the Journey - Exodus 13:17-22
Thursday: The Blind Questioning Blindness - John 9:18-23
Friday: Teaching the Unteachable - John 9:24-34
Saturday: Seeing But Not Seeing - John 9:35-41
Sunday: The Light of the World - John 9:1-17
There are four lessons in this unit. They look at some of the "I am" statements of Jesus. They also give us a sense of the divity of Jesus and of His eternal power to promise us life, security, resurrection, and the way of God.
The phrase "I am" forms a distinctive self-revelation of Jesus in the Gospel of John. Jesus tells the people in this passage that He is the "bread of life" (v. 35). He promised His followers that if they would come to Him, they would never be hungry or thirsty.
John writes about the "I am" passages in this text: gate and shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd that all of His people will follow.
John's use of the "I am" statements of Jesus is seen again in verse 25 when Jesus assures Martha that He is "the resurrection and the life." Jesus affirms Martha's belief in Him as the Messiah.
This passage is the beginning of a "farewell" address Jesus gives to the disciples. He gives comfort to His disciples and reminds Thomas and the others that He is the "the way, and the truth, and the life" (v.6, NIV).
|Deacon John E. Peterson, Sunday School Superintendant|