Sunday, May 4, 2014

On 5-11-14, Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:14-21 or Luke 4:14-21 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Jesus’ Mission on Earth

Jesus’ Mission on Earth
 Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:14-21 or Luke 4:14-21
International Sunday School Lesson
May 11, 2014

Jed Greenough

Are you ever intimidated by Christ?  Surely because He is God we need to hold Him in reverential awe.  Likewise we need to fear Him just as the Bible tells us this is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7).
But one of the cool things about today’s scripture is that we can do what He did!  If that thought didn’t cross your mind when you read today’s scripture go back and read it again.
The scripture says in verse 14 that Jesus was “in the power of the Spirit” and we likewise as Christians are given the ability to emulate Christ and the power of the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1).
If you read that and then read verse 14 again I think it is fair to say if we in fact fulfilled what we read in 1 Thessalonians 1 that people would be talking about us through the countryside as well!  I think we should be motivated by this.
In the 16th verse we see that He dared to not just do this where He was but He went home and did likewise.  Many of us can attest that living out our faith affectively where people first knew us or where people don’t know we have become Christians can be the hardest of all.  Between our obsessing about their remembering our brat moments and their in fact recalling our old ways it can be hard but…it can and should be done if for no reason than if one person is motivated by us as they see what we have become.
Like Jesus we go to our place of worship as is our custom and we each have the chance if we will take it to be given the scripture and read to others what is written.  Do you do that where you worship?  If not you should and not just the ones who always do but all should come in to rotation until all are comfortable with doing so and comfortable listening to how we each read.  Great reader or poor reader quit hogging or quit hiding, make it equal.
But it is one thing to share your faith where you worship however the key to being talked about “through the whole countryside” is doing it in the countryside!
Again, as with Christ in verse 18, we too are given the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We too are “to proclaim the good news”.  As Christians this is our great commission (Matthew 28:16-20).
Really very cool isn’t it?  Once we too have dared to do this we also will have fulfilled the scripture in our listener’s ears!

For Discussion:
1.      Read 1 Thessalonians 1
2.      Find and read the connection in more than one way of the fear of the Lord and the sharing of the gospel.
3.      Discuss the issue of being uncomfortable with reading the scriptures aloud.
4.      Discuss the sharing of your faith with those who don’t know you are Christian.
5.      Discuss experiences of going home with your faith.
6.      Discuss verse 18 and 19 in depth.

Upcoming Lessons
5-18-14          Jesus’ Teaching on the Law, Matthew 15:1-11, 15-20
5-25-14          The Greatest Commandment, Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Mark 12:28-34

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

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