Sunday, March 22, 2015

On 3-29-15, Mark 11:1-11 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as The Son of David or The One Who Comes


The Son of David

Or

The One Who Comes

 

Mark 11:1-11

International Sunday School Lesson

March 29th, 2015

 

Commentary

By

Jed Greenough

 

How many people will come to know Jesus for the first time this Easter season?  How many more of those Easters do you think there will be?  For some, they will not even see this one.

As I write this my mother is in the throes of advanced age and all that brings.  Three trips to the ER and two to skilled care in the last two months have brought on a quickening of dementia that has only brought glimpses of her now to me.

But yet something remains for which I am immeasurably happy.  In amongst the anger and nonsense are times when she comforts herself with prayer while being unaware that others are around her.  Frequent statements with names from the past are interrupted with repetitions of “come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus.”  She remembers He said He was coming back because He said He would.

When we read today’s scripture we see that Jesus told the disciples that they would find a colt tied in a certain place and He told them how to answer those who would question them.

Likewise Jesus told His disciples that they should “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

Everything that Jesus said as we know either has or will come true.  The colt is tied and waiting, baptized believers saved and nonbelievers condemned.  Eventually my mom’s prayer will be answered.

When I read in today’s scripture that when Jesus entered Jerusalem He went into the temple and looked around, it was late and He left.  I knew that the very next day He would return and His righteous fury would be displayed.

Do you think about that Jesus as well or just the Jesus riding on the colt?  In the scene we aren’t reading about today but I mention, Jesus says in Mark 11 believe in your heart what you pray and it will be so.  My mom wants it so much this Easter season for Him to return quickly, do you?

I know that He is coming back and so do you.  When you think about Him riding in on the colt this week remember also Him looking around the temple and then abruptly departing, but then remember His return to the temple the very next day.

Be prepared and share the gospel like you believe He is coming back today.

 

For Discussion:

  1. Jesus told the disciples what to expect that day.  Discuss some things He told us to expect.
  2. Share the prophecy from the Old Testament with regard to Jesus riding a colt.
  3. Share the scripture from Revelation where instead of a colt Jesus is seen on a white horse. 
  4. Compare that scripture with today’s.
  5. Share the parallel scriptures to today’s.
  6. Discuss what you think Jesus was thinking as He rode in with the joyous crowd.
  7. Discuss what you think Jesus was thinking when He looked around the temple.
  8. Happy Easter!

 

 

 

Upcoming Lessons

4-5     Resurrection Guaranteed or Believe in the Resurrection   1 Corintians 15:1-11, 20-22


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved

 

 

 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

On 3-22-15, John 20:19-23 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as The Spirit of Peace or Receive the Holy Spirit

The Spirit of Peace
Or
Receive the Holy Spirit

John 20:19-23
International Sunday School Lesson
March 22nd, 2015

Commentary
By
Jed Greenough



I suppose most of us have noticed in these 5 short verses for this week that Jesus said the following words not just once but twice, "Peace be with you!

If you look at the original Greek word here you will see that it is "eirene" which according to The Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance can be used to express: peace, harmony, tranquility; safety, welfare, health, often with an emphasis on lack of strife or reconciliation in a relationship, as when one has “peace with God". Often used as a verbal and written greeting.

Yet a week later, when once again Christ appeared to them, we are told that they were behind locked doors just as they were in today's scripture.  Again He uttered the same words, "Peace be with you!

Go back and read how the concordance uses this word "eirene". Could it be a greeting? Certainly, but I am confident He was bringing them calm despite their fear for their situation as His followers.

We know shortly as we progress in our Bibles that they became emboldened and calm despite their situation as they became filled with the Holy Spirit and shared the Good News building the early church.

Had they stayed in fear locked up only together behind locked doors this church, our church would have never happened.

I find it interesting that even though they saw Christ the first time it wasn't enough to totally allay these fears. As Christ says to Thomas in the non included words from 20:29, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

That statement alone is a blessing for those down through the centuries who have since come to believe. But it makes me wonder about Christians who are in perilous times themselves now or for the times yet to come.

Christians who were told about Christ's resurrection and about His death for their sins will they have peace when the moment of peril comes?

Many in our world today will face persecution as followers of Christ up to and including death. How do you just read the words from today's scripture and have the peace to stand? The answer is probably they won't if that is all they have.

Put yourself in these disciples place all those years ago. You have heard the murderous threats and you flock together for safety, at least as far as you feel it, by being together.

What must you do to not betray Christ? For us it is the full armament of God such as we read about in Ephesians 6 a short time back. We get it here each week as we prepare for Sunday School and that is a good start. There is a gospel we have received and we see that word "eirene" used again in Ephesians 6, it is the gospel of peace.

For Discussion:
1.      Discuss Christians in peril today
2.      Discuss a time when you received peace from God
3.      Discuss what these early disciples accomplished
4.      Discuss verse 23
5.      Discuss the similar incident that followed a week earlier
6.      Discuss today's Christians ability or lack thereof to face perilous times



Upcoming Lessons
3-29     The Son of David or The One Who Comes      Mark 11:1-11







Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved