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THE APOSTOLIC AGE

Whatever one thinks about the historicity of the events described in the Gospels, and there are many different views, one thing is not in doubt: Jesus had an overwhelming impact on those around him. The Gospels speak regularly of huge crowds following Jesus. Perhaps they gathered because of his reputation as a healer. Perhaps they gathered because of his ability as a teacher. Whatever the cause, it seems likely that the authorities' fear of the crowd was a major factor leading to Jesus' crucifixion.

In a world where there was no democracy, mobs represented a far greater threat to the Romans' rule than anything else. Yet in spite of Jesus' popularity during his lifetime, the early Christian movement after Jesus' death was only a small group with a tiny power base in Jerusalem, a handful of Jesus' closest followers who stayed loyal to Jesus' legacy because they were convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, that he had died for everyone's sins, and that he was raised from the dead.

It was a movement that received its greatest boost when the most unlikely figure joined it, the apostle Paul. The Gospels are a form of ancient biography and are very short. They take about an hour and a half, two hours to read out loud. They're not what we understand modern biography to be: the great life and times of somebody in multi volume works. They've got between ten and twenty thousand words and ancient biography doesn't waste time on great background details about where the person went to school or all the psychological upbringing that we now look for in our kind of post-Freudian age.

They tend to go straight to the person's arrival on the public scene, often 20 or 30 years into their lives, and then look at the two or three big key things that they did or the big two or three key ideas. They'll also spend quite a lot of time concentrating on the actual death because the ancients believe that you couldn't sum up a person's life until you saw how they died. In their death, very often, they would die as they lived and then they would conclude with the events after the death - very often on dreams or visions about the person and what happened to their ideas afterwards.

The four gospels are four angles on one person and in the four gospels there are four angles on the one Jesus. It was a wonderful insight of the early Fathers, guided by the spirit of God, who recognised that these four pictures all reflect upon the same person. It's like walking into a portrait gallery and seeing four portraits, say, of Winston Churchill: the statesman or the war leader or the Prime Minister or the painter or the family man. Of course we actually have to do all sorts of historical critical analysis and try to get back to what this tells us about the historical Jesus.

It also shows us the way in which the early church tried to make that one Jesus relevant and to apply him to the needs of their own people of that day, whether they were Jews as in Matthew's case or Gentiles as in Luke's case and so on. And so those four portraits give us a challenge and a stimulus today to actually try to work out how we can actually tell that story of the one Jesus in different ways that are relevant for the needs of people today.

Christology is literally 'words about the Christ. Christology can involve the humanity of Jesus, but there is often a special focus on the fact that he is more than merely a mortal person, he is divine in some way and in some sense the different gospel writers come at this somewhat differently. The synoptics - Matthew, Mark and Luke - have more a similar point of view than what you find in the Gospel of John which stands apart and alone. But none the less, they are all interested in this matter, they are certainly interested in what we would call Christology.

Right from the very outset of this gospel he is presenting a particular theological interpretation of Jesus as the Messiah, as the divine son of God and he is going to pursue that agenda throughout his gospel and reveal those truths about him. In Mark, at the the climax of the first part of the ministry and Peter stands up and says, 'you are the Christ, the son of God'. There's certainly a Christological agenda in all these books, even in the earliest gospel. There really isn't a non-Christological Jesus to be found under any of the rocks in the gospel; so thoroughly are our gospel writers concerned about that issue, that the portraits in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are all Christological through and through.

It's difficult to know how much of what's written in the Gospels is an insight into how Jesus saw himself and how much is comment of other people as to how they saw Jesus. In John's gospel for example, there are many 'I am' sayings: 'I am the light of the world', 'I am the good shepherd', 'I am the bread', 'I am the vine'. These phrases, if they came from the lips of Jesus, don't tell us a great deal about his spiritual biography, but tell us more about his purpose and they kind of hang with you and you have to think them through.

What does it mean that Jesus is the shepherd, what does it mean that Jesus is the light, what does it mean that Jesus is the bread of life? And you have to kind of puzzle over them. I don't think Jesus was interested in giving a great deal of information about himself. I mean, Jesus said that whoever saw him, saw the Father. But I don't think he was very interested in padding that out; his mission was more to redeem people, to love people into goodness, to save people from the distress and errors of their ways and he doesn't make a big issue about himself.

There's that whole thing in the gospels of Matthew and Mark about how he's very wary of people nailing him as the Messiah. He does that sometimes because I think he wants to approach everybody on an equal basis, if he comes with his entourage and a lot of hype about himself, he'll not be able to relate to folk, they'll stand in awe of him rather than relate to him. I think Jesus thought of himself very much as a healer - he saw healing as a key to his work and presumably this arose because he just found out he was able to do it.

A lot of Jews in this period would have prayed for people for healing and Jesus must have done this and found that actually he was rather good at it and he had a real reputation for healing and that might have led him to Old Testament scriptures like Isaiah 35, that talks about healing in end days - maybe he thought that that was a sign that the end of days was on its way. Did Jesus think of himself as a teacher?

Probably he did. Nobody spends that much time standing up and teaching crowds of people such words that have stuck with us for centuries. Even people like Gandhi were inspired by it so it's not just Christians that are inspired by that. But I think if we limit Jesus to purely teaching and healing than we don't get the full measure of him.

I think he would also have seen himself as a prophet. There are real signs that he sees himself in continuity with Old Testament prophets and just as Old Testament prophets were persecuted and suffered, Jesus thought that was likely to be his end too. He saw himself as following a line of prophets that had suffered for what they believed and sometimes even suffered from the hands of their own people as well as from others. The big question about Jesus is: did Jesus think of himself as Messiah, did he believe he was the distinctive person that had a really pivotal role to play in God's plan?

Scholars are divided about this. I personally think that Jesus did think of himself as a Messiah, he did think that God had specifically anointed him to do his work and that he had a special task for him to do. He also was convinced that he had to suffer as part of God's plan and this caused controversy with his disciples. It seems that Jesus wanted to push the idea that he was going to suffer and his disciples were really worried about this idea, probably expecting Jesus either to be some sort of priestly Messiah or some sort of warrior Messiah but certainly not a Messiah that would end up on a cross.

They saw this as hugely problematic and a lot of Christians said for years afterwards that this was still a stumbling block to many people, a scandal - the idea that the Jewish Messiah could be crucified. This just didn't make sense to a lot of people.

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In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions. Edward Stourton presents a journey in the footsteps of Jesus. Four programmes, showing four completely different understandings of Jesus, explore the man, his image and his message.

This first episode looks at the essentials of what can really be said about Jesus with any degree of historical certainty and places him in the context of the wandering charismatics and faith healers who were about at the time. It also explores how his Jewish roots were gradually airbrushed out of theology, culminating in Nazi theologians who produced a Bible excised of all references to Judaism and who portrayed Jesus as an Aryan.

It's only really modern scholarship, if you want to call it that, that's begun to say "Well hold on a minute. He was not a Christian, He was not born a Christian, he didn't live a Christian - He didn't even know what the term 'Christian' meant. Jesus was a Jew. With the crucifixion we move from the historical Jesus to the Christ of faith.

But how aware was Jesus of his destiny? And at what point does Jesus the Messiah break away from his Jewish roots? All the lines converge back on the fact that there must've been an empty tomb They knew all about ghosts and visions and so on - that, that wasn't anything out of the ordinary. People had that sort of experience. This was different - this was bodily, but it was a transformed body. It wasn't a resuscitation - they believed Jesus had gone through death and out the other side, into a new physical body, which was now equally physical - only if anything more so rather than less so.

He wasn't a ghost, He was alive, and the only way I can make sense of that as a historian is by saying that it actually happened. When the Roman Emperor Constantine had a vision of Jesus just before his victorious battle for Rome it was arguably one of the most important moments in the history of the West. It was the start of the process whereby Christianity would go from a persecuted minority to the official religion of the largest Empire the world had seen.

But how did that change Jesus and His message? We wanna say "Come on guys - live in the real world.

Things have moved on. Take all your ideals and translate them into the new world" - and that's what the Christians struggled to do. Christ, a historical Christ that you have referred to as a Jewish peasant, was not in the forefront of their minds. They were thinking of Christ as Saviour and Christ who died for our sins. This is what Christ was to them at that time.

And in fact their concentration was in all of the phases of His Passion. This final journey in the footsteps of Jesus reaches what could be one of the oldest Christian communities in the world; in Kerala on the southwest coast of India, where in around 52AD the Apostle Thomas is said to have landed with the news of the Gospel.

But it's also the place where the Jesus who is so much a part of European culture meets new worlds and new cultures and where the belief that he has a message for all humanity is really tested. In our western, traditional understanding of Jesus, the person of Jesus is very much objectified. He's the Lord, the Saviour, the great, divine Tao whom we worship in liturgy for instance, whom we listen to as the great saviour and teacher Reflecting on the mystery of Christ in India Jesus Christ the sub-divine subject of our being more than an object of worship.

This becomes very clear when we compare the traditional, western, Christian understanding of Jesus Christ which emphasises then 'I - Tao' relationship and the Indian vedandic approach where an 'I -I' relationship. In oth Apart from being an inspirational leader and teacher, the Gospels describe many miraculous feats performed by Jesus. They can sound unbelievable today, but what would they have meant to first-century Jews? The miracle of the raising of the widow's son takes place in the village of Nain in Galilee.

Jesus arrives in Nain on the occasion of a funeral when he is approached by a widow whose only son has died. When Jesus brings the man back to life the crowd are astonished, but what delights them more than this triumph over death is the meaning of the miracle. The miracle reminds them of the great Jewish prophet Elijah who, eight centuries earlier, had also raised the only son of a widow in a town in Galilee.

Elijah was famous as a miracle worker and as a prophet who rebuked those Jews who under the influence of pagan idolatry had strayed from devotion to God. Elijah never died - he was transported to heaven in a chariot of fire. The parallels between Jesus and Elijah were hugely significant. At the time the Jews were longing for an end to Roman oppression and the return of the kingdom of God - a new age in which peace, freedom, righteousness, faithfulness and the rule of God would prevail. The first stage in that road to salvation was the arrival of a prophet who - like Elijah - would rail against sin.

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Maybe Jesus was that prophet - maybe even a reincarnation of Elijah? Clearly though, the Gospel writers believed Jesus was more than a prophet. In Matthew and Mark , just after the transfiguration,. The disciples asked him, "Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first? But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands. The resonances between Jesus and Elijah would have been striking to first century Jews and to Christians familiar with the Old Testament.

But as Christianity spread into the Roman Empire, the miracle of the raising of the widow's son acquired other meanings. The most important is that it prefigured Jesus' own resurrection. In fact the miracle in Nain is one of three times when Jesus raises the dead. But there was a key difference between these miracles and the resurrection of Jesus. The widow's son, Jairus' daughter and Lazarus were resuscitated or revived: they would eventually die again. Jesus on the other hand would live forever. His resurrection entailed a complete transformation in his body and spirit, a complete victory over death.

When Jesus arrives in a deserted and remote area to preach to a crowd of , he is told that the people are hungry. They discuss whether to go back to the villages to get food, but it's getting late, so instead Jesus asks the disciples to order the crowd to sit in groups of fifties and hundreds, and to gather what food is available. All they manage to collect is five loaves and two fishes. But Jesus works a miracle and there is enough to feed the multitude, so much so there are twelve basketfuls of leftovers.

The ancient meaning of this miracle would have been clear to the disciples and the crowd. Jesus had acted like Moses , the father of the Jewish faith. In every respect, the miracle echoed Moses and his miracle in the Sinai wilderness when he fed the multitude of Hebrews. Moses had left Ramesses on the fertile lands of the Nile Delta, crossed a sea - the Red Sea - and headed east towards a deserted area - the Sinai wilderness. Jesus had left Bethesda on the fertile lands of the Jordan Delta, crossed a sea - the Sea of Galilee - and headed east towards a deserted and remote area - the Golan Heights on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee.

When Jesus orders the crowd to sit in fifties and hundreds he is echoing Moses the general who often ordered the Hebrews to sit in squares of fifty and one hundred. In the Sinai, Moses fed a multitude with quails and manna, the bread of heaven; in the Golan Heights Jesus fed a multitude with fish and bread. In both miracles there were basketfuls of leftovers.

To first-century Jews the miracle of the loaves and fishes signalled that Jesus was like Moses. The reason is that in Jewish minds, Moses was a role model for the Messiah. The Jews were praying for a saviour to come and free them from foreign oppression. They believed he would be someone like Moses who had freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. Maybe Jesus was the leader they were waiting for? The crowd certainly thought so - after the miracle, the crowd try to crown Jesus king of the Jews there and then. After the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus tells the disciples to head back to the fishing village of Bethsaida whilst he retires to the mountain to pray on his own.

Later that night, the disciples are crossing the sea of Galilee and making little progress against the strong wind when they suddenly see Jesus walking on the water. At first they think it's a ghost, but Jesus reassures them, telling them - 'Take heart, it is I!

Do not be afraid! The miracle of the walking on water is best understood in the context of the previous miracle. The feeding of the would have reminded the disciples of Moses and the Exodus. The miracle of the walking on water would have reminded them of the climax to the Exodus - Joshua and the conquest of the land of Canaan.

After wandering for 40 years in the wilderness Moses led the Israelites to the eastern shores of the river Jordan to prepare for the conquest. But Moses died on Mt Nebo before he could begin the invasion. His mission was accomplished by his right man Joshua. Jesus' miracle of the walking on water would have reminded the disciples of Joshua. Like Joshua, Jesus was crossing waters.

That scene was inverted and echoed on the Sea of Galilee; ahead of Jesus was a different kind of ark - the wooden boat, carrying the twelve disciples. But the biggest similarity between the two was in their names: Jesus is the Latin for the Hebrew name Joshua. In the Jewish mindset of the time, Joshua was another role model for the Messiah - the flipside of Moses. Whereas Moses had freed the Israelites from oppression, it was Joshua who had finished the job by conquering the Promised Land for them. At the time of Jesus, the Jews were looking for a Messiah would not only free them from foreign oppression as Moses had done , but someone who would also reclaim Judea and Galilee and restore it to the rule of God.

In both the miracles of the loaves and fishes and the walking on water, Jesus seemed to fit the bill perfectly. But the miracle of the walking on water had many other meanings, especially in that difficult period from the middle of the first century onwards when early Christianity faced hostility and persecution from Imperial tyrants.

The sea miracle functioned as a metaphor for the precarious situation in which Christian churches found themselves - especially in Rome. To many Christians the Church must have felt like the fishing boat on the sea of Galilee, buffeted by strong winds and rocked by the waves. They must also have felt that Jesus had left them alone on the boat to fend for themselves. God hears the persistent prayers of Elijah and raises the boy from the dead.

Explore the story of Elijah and the Widow further. Elijah shamed their false gods by showing the power of the One True God. Use this lesson to teach your kids Sunday School that God has proven Himself time and time again to His people and that He is the only One worthy of worship.

Explore Elijah the Prophet further. The story of Naaman the Leper shows how he was healed by God through the prophet Elisha as seen in the book of 2 Kings, despite the fact that he was a Gentile. Naaman was told to bathe himself in the Jordan river, after which all his sores would be healed. This story is a powerful picture of our salvation from sin by the blood of Jesus Christ. Explore Naaman the Leper further. Horses and Chariots of fire opens with the Kings of Syria seeking to overcome Elisha with chariots and armed men.

But Elisha saw what others could not, that the heavenly army of horses and chariots of fire were surrounding the scene, so he was not afraid. Explore Horses and Chariots of Fire further. Give Thanks to the Lord explores 2 Chronicles 20 where t he righteous King Jehoshaphat was suddenly faced with the danger of war. Although he was at first afraid, he took his fear and anxiety to the Lord by leading his people to fast and pray. He helped restore courage in the hearts of the people by reminding them of how powerful their God was, and how faithful He had always been to them.

The king lead the people in thanksgiving to the Lord, and God responded to their faith with the promise of a swift victory. The people praised and worshiped God all the way to the battle field, and the battle was won. No weapons, no struggle—just the power of God! Explore Give Thanks to the Lord further. Jonah and the Whale has long been a Sunday School favorite. God sent Jonah to tell Nineveh to repent of their sins. Instead of obeying God, Jonah chose to disobey and flee God. Explore Jonah and the Whale further.

The Prophet Isaiah is one of the major Old Testament prophets. This Sunday School Lesson focuses on the book of the prophet Isaiah who prophesied regarding Jesus, the coming Messiah. Isaiah told the people to repent of their sins and turn to God while painting a glorious portrait of the new heaven and earth.

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Explore the Prophet Isaiah further. Jeremiah loved and trusted God, and remained committed to his call as a prophet to the people of Israel and Judah and to the nations of the world. Even though he was often rejected because of his message, he continued in courage to say what he was called to say, and do what he was called to do. Explore the story of the Prophet Jeremiah further.

The Fiery Furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego teaches how God will protect us from those who seek to do harm to us when we follow Him. Taken captive to the land of Babylon three young Hebrews face death for refusing to worship anyone but the living God. In the end, they were delivered from harm and God was glorified! Queen Esther is one of the great heroines found in all of Scripture. God used Mordecai and Esther to deliver his people from the evil hand of Haman.

This kids Bible lesson will remind your children that the time to do the right thing is always now! Explore the story of Queen Esther further. The Lord is my Shepherd is perhaps the most beloved of all Psalms. In this Sunday School lesson for kids the image of God is of a loving shepherd, and His people are His sheep.

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He is pictured as the benevolent provider, the bringer of a peace that is satisfying and permanent, the one who restores and heals, and the deliverer from death and destruction. Explore the Lord is my Shepherd further. Salvation from the curse of sin and death is found in Him alone.

The Story of Nehemiah gives the account of a harrowing rebuilding project that your kids will love! Your Sunday School curriculum should have a lesson on Nehemiah who left Babylon to return to Jerusalem and rebuild its walls. Your Sunday School class will know that when our eyes are set on the tasks that God has given us, nothing will stop us. Explore the Story of Nehemiah further. The Birth of Jesus is one of the most precious is kids Bible stories giving the account of the Birth of Jesus as given in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Mary, a virgin, gives birth to the Savior in a manger in Bethlehem, fulfilling many prophecies about the Messiah. So many signs were given to us to know who the Messiah would be when He came and we are left no room for doubt that Jesus was the only One who fulfilled all those prophecies. Explore the Birth of Jesus further. The Magi Christmas Story follows the journey of a group of Magi, also known as wise men, in search of the promised King.

One night, while they were gazing out into the night sky, they witnessed the brightest star they had ever seen. Convinced it was the announcement of the birth of the King they had been waiting for, they set off on a journey to find Him. Explore the Magi Christmas story further. The story begins with an angelic proclamation of good news and then moves to a humble stable where Jesus is born.

The action continues into the courts of an evil king named Herod and concludes with mysterious Wise Men from the East. Explore the Mary and Joseph Christmas story further. The celebration had been well under way when it was noticed that they had run out of wine. Jesus, in his first recorded miracle, saves the wedding by transforming 6 large jars of water into wine. In performing this miracle, He displayed His power over creation, showed His kindness to humanity, and showed how He could transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Jesus as a Child follows Mary and Joseph as they traveled home from the Passover celebration in a great caravan of people. Mary and Joseph assumed that Jesus was somewhere in the large group, until one day into the journey, they looked for Him but could not find Him. For two days, they searched for Him until they finally found Him in the temple in Jerusalem. John the Baptist , the forerunner to Jesus Christ, is introduced to us in Matthew John proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah and preached repentance from sin.

John baptized with water and lived in the desert eating honey and locusts. He also baptized Jesus. Baptism is an ongoing discussion in the church and should be discussed at length during your kids Sunday School lessons. Explore John the Baptist further. Pool of Bethesda is a story of suffering, despair, healing and salvation began with a very sick man desperate for change.


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He had been sick with a debilitating illness for 38 years and kept coming back to the pool of Bethesda, believing in its healing powers. He was healed from his immediate suffering, but more importantly he was presented with the Savior, who alone can offer eternal life. Explore Pool of Bethesda further. Jesus Tempted is a power Sunday School lesson every kid should be taught. Since Jesus was the God-man, it is important that we remember that He was God, as well as man, and He still dealt with temptation just like we do, yet, because He was born without a sin nature, He went through life without giving into temptation and sinning.

A fantastic point to make is how Jesus used Scripture to combat the temptation from Satan. Explore Jesus Tempted further. Your students can learn from their ups and downs as His followers and everyone can relate to at least one of these men and the struggles they had with their own faith.

Still, these were the men that Jesus had chosen to turn the world upside down and proclaim His Gospel to the farthest reaches of the earth. Explore Jesus Chooses His 12 Disciples further.

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In your Sunday School curriculum, take this lesson and separate it into individual parts to help your students retain all of the different aspects of this sermon and take these truths to heart. This kids Bible lesson is perfect for teaching your children the Spirit-filled live God desires us all to live! Explore the Sermon on the Mount further.

In Love Your Enemies we learn of how the religious leaders used the law to control those who offended them and inflict as much pain as the law would allow. Contrary to this understanding, Jesus taught His disciples to imitate the love of God in every action, even in view of His law. Instead of looking for an opportunity to inflict harsh punishment, or return evil for evil, He told the disciples to seek a peaceable solution and to act in love and forgiveness. We are to respond as our Father in Heaven would respond. Love your enemies and do good to those who hurt you.

Explore Love Your Enemies further. In Do Not Worry we see how comforted the poor and sick, who were anxious about an uncertain future, telling them not to worry about what they would eat or drink, or what they would wear. If God cares enough about the birds of the air and the flower of the field, to feed them and clothe them, how much more would He take care of those who trust Him? The Nicodemus Bible Story is arguably the most famous verse of them all, John Jesus explains profound truths to Nicodemus on what one must do to be a part of the kingdom of God, which is to be born again of the Spirit, and what that truly means.

Explore the Nicodemus Bible Story further. Psalm Explore I am the Bread of Life further. In this statement Jesus revealed that the path to heaven can only be discerned with the light of His truth; the sinful condition cannot be solved apart from the light of His revelation; and a purposeful life can only be enjoyed with His light as its guide. Explore I am the Light of the World further.


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Jesus is the truth and the only way to Heaven. There is no other name by which a person can be saved! Anyone who presents an alternate entry or path is a thief who robs people of the only hope they have for eternal life. Explore I am the Door further. By contrast, He describes the hireling as an opportunist who sees the sheep only as a way to get something for himself—a picture of pride, selfishness, deception, and cowardice. Explore I am the Good Shepherd further. When Jesus raised Lazarus, He proved power over death, and in doing so, He proved that He is the one who breathed life into every living thing—He is God.

Throughout this story, we also learn that Jesus understands our grief and sorrow, He encourages us to talk to Him about everything, and He can be trusted—even when the answer to our prayers appears delayed. Explore I am the Resurrection and the Life further. He is the truth about everything and the fulfillment of all prophecy concerning the promised Messiah. He is the life because He is the Creator of all life, and He sustains every living creature.

Explore I am the Way, the Truth and the Life further. In this Sunday School lesson for kids Jesus teaches a group of people the importance of maintaining a relationship with Him by comparing Himself to a vine, the people as branches off the vine, and God as the gardener. He explained that to bear fruit and flourish in this life, a person must be connected to Him, the source of life and blessing.

To stay connected to Him, Jesus explained that we must obey His commandments: Love each other as He loves us. Explore I am the Vine further. Explore Jesus Heals the Sick further. Upon encountering Jesus and experiencing the kindness of the Messiah, first hand, we see a beautiful story of repentance as Zacchaeus vows to return all that he had unfairly taken, and then some.

Explore the Story of Zacchaeus further. Your students can see how even when it seems that we have so little, we can trust in God to be our provider. Explore Jesus Feeds further. But when Jesus and His disciples were caught in a great storm, his disciples thought they were done for. This Sunday School lesson shows that no matter what storms we encounter in life, Jesus is ultimately in control and nothing is beyond Him.

Explore Jesus Calms the Storm further. He knew His Father was good, perfect, and powerful. Jesus knew His Father was worthy of being trusted, and He was thankful in all things. Explore Jesus Walks on Water further. The Transfiguration begins with Jesus revealing to his disciples that He would soon suffer and die. The disciples could not understand how the King of glory would have to be subjected to such things.

When they arrived at the top of the mountain, the disciples fell asleep. On either side of Jesus stood the prophets Moses and Elijah, who were also shining because of the brightness of Jesus. Explore The Transfiguration further. He found himself facing severe judgment, but in an act of mercy, the king had compassion for the servant and forgave him all of his debt. The servant walked free! But the story takes a twist when this same servant refused to forgive a very small debt owed to him by a fellow servant.

The king heard about it and reversed his judgment, throwing the unmerciful servant into prison—complete with torture—because he failed to forgive as he had been forgiven.

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Explore the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant further. In Jesus Cleanses the Temple , Jesus saw the temple being dirtied and desecrated with animal waste and money changers. After, Jesus healed blind and sick people, which angered the priests and scribes.

Explore Jesus Cleanses the Temple Further. The Parable of the Talents is the story of a wealthy man who left on a journey and placed his servants in charge of his wealth while he was away. Explore the Parable of the Talents further. In Jesus Heals the Paralytic we witness four faithful companion going to extraordinary lengths to find healing for their friend.

Explore Jesus Heals the Paralytic further. Use this lesson t o help children understand that, like the paralytic, we are powerless to help ourselves and that only Jesus can provide deliverance. Jesus knows us like no one else. Explore Jesus heals the Paralytic further. He had questions for the Rabbi, the teacher.

But during the dinner a woman known in town as a great sinner fell at the feet of Jesus, wiped his feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and anointed them with the healing and fragrant oil she brought with her. The Good Samaritan is a powerful lesson on how love should rule all of our actions, no matter what our differences are. Explore the Good Samaritan further. Prayer includes worshiping God because He is holy and there is no one like Him. Through prayer we ask for provision, forgiveness, and protection and deliverance from temptation and evil.

Explore the Prodigal Son further. In this life, the rich man indulged in the advantages his wealth and position afforded him, without a thought to anything but his own happiness. He looked good, ate well, and enjoyed the admiration of many. When the rich man died, he found himself alone and begging for a simple drop of water. Explore Lazarus and the Rich Man further. The Ten Lepers Sunday School lesson for kids shows how Jesus was making a slow journey back to Jerusalem, stopping in villages along the way to teach, perform miracles, heal, and preach repentance and forgiveness.

On this day he decided to stop in a village somewhere between Samaria and Galilee; when He did, He was approached by 10 lepers crying out to Him for mercy. Jesus showed them compassion by responding to their plea and healing them. Explore the story of the Ten Lepers further. They asked if it was right for the people of God to submit to the authority of a worldly kingdom—the kingdom of Rome—by paying them taxes. While they engaged in a heart-to-heart discussion over the recent events, a stranger joined them—a stranger who was none other than Jesus! Explore the Road to Emmaus further.

Jesus is Lord of life and death and while it is a wonderful thing to know that He has the power to physically resurrect the dead, it is that much greater that He will spiritually resurrect all who believe in Him when He comes again. Explore the Story of Lazarus further. Jesus showed Peter that he was forgiven and gave him the opportunity to be reconciled. Explore Peter is Restored further. Jesus bore His cross in humility and pain so that the sacrifice could be made for the sins of us all. He is Risen is the story about how Jesus suffered, died, and rose again from the dead.

It is the story of the intense love of God demonstrated in the greatest sacrifice of all time. Jesus was betrayed, beaten, mocked, stripped of His clothing, humiliated, blasphemed, and disrespected. A crown of thorns was pressed onto His head, an angry crowd taunted Him, He was hung on a cross, and worst of all, He was separated from His Father in Heaven. Then He died, and it was finished! At that moment, the veil in the temple tore in half from top to bottom.

Explore He is Risen further. In John 20, we read the incredible account of The Empty Tomb where the stone had been rolled away and the body of Jesus was missing. Use this lesson to teach your class about the greatest of all miracles: The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave! This Sunday School lesson brings to life the story of what happened after Jesus died and was buried. Explore The Empty Tomb further. The Book of Acts begins with the ascension of Christ and the outpouring of the Spirit to His disciples. Your kids Sunday School can learn from the examples of the disciples and how they stood fast in their faith against adversity and turned the world upside down.

Explore the Ascension and Pentecost further. The coming of the Holy Spirit gave the disciples the tools they needed to carry out the mission Jesus had given to them. Explore The Holy Spirit Comes further. Peter Heals the Lame Man begins with a poor beggar sitting in the gate of the temple hoping to collect enough money to sustain him for yet another day.

He had been lame from birth and had been repeating the same hopeless ritual for many years; until one day when Peter and John, two apostles of Jesus, passed by him to enter the temple. In a miraculous and divine appointment, Peter offered the man something more than he ever dreamed of: to be whole again!

Explore Peter and the Lame Man further. In Acts 5 Ananias and Sapphira decided to sell a piece of property and donate the money, just as they had seen many others do; but instead of giving up all of it, they held back a portion for themselves and lied, saying it was the full amount. Explore the story of Ananias and Sapphira further. The Stoning of Stephen gives the account of the first Christian martyr. Even though Stephen was not an apostle, he preached the Gospel to many people and it led to his unjust persecution and execution by those who hated Christians.

Explore the Stoning of Stephen further. Philip and the Ethiopian tells the story of how God used Philip to take the Gospel of Jesus from Jerusalem to Samaria, and to the outermost parts of the known world. On his way, he was directed by the Holy Spirit to approach a chariot carrying an important dignitary from a far-away region known as Ethiopia.

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