Sunday School Material 3-1-15: The Lamb of God

(John 1:29-34; 3/1/15)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that John acknowledged Jesus being the Lamb of God. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live as if Jesus is the Lamb of God in our lives.

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Read John 1:29-31

I. Observations. John the Baptist is out ministering. In our Sunday School material he sees Jesus coming towards him and announces that He is the Lamb of God. John acknowledges that Jesus’ ministry is greater than his.

Applications –

- Jesus the Lamb of God. Notice in vs. 29 that Jesus is pictured as the lamb sacrificed for the sin of the world. We should be mindful that the only reason that we have any hope of being right with God is because of the ministry of Jesus the Lamb.

Let’s live like we appreciate what Jesus has done for us. Such living should be noted for accepting Jesus as our savior by faith and living lives focused on loving God and others, as we love ourselves.

- Doing your part. Notice in vss. 30-31 of our Sunday School material that John knew his place and appreciated that God has a larger plan than what he was doing.

First, God still has a plan that is bigger than you and me. God’s plan includes some mountain tops and valley bottoms, but all things are working for the good of God’s people.

Second, as believers, we all have a part to play in God’s plan. We should discover and carryout God’s plans for our lives. Look for your abilities, willingness, and opportunities to meet needs to the glory of God. Let’s work on doing our part in God’s plan.

- Christian baptism. Notice in vs. 30 that John’s baptism was aiming towards repentance. In vs. 33 there is mention of Jesus baptizing with the Spirit. Christian baptism is a symbolic connection with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (see Rom. 6:4).

There are too many people who treat baptism as if it is nothing all that important. And there are too many who focus a great deal of energy on things like what baptismal formula or mode of baptism should be observed.

However, the more important matter is to make sure that we are saved and striving to live according to God’s will. Let’s live like those who are resurrected to live for Jesus.

Read John 1:32-34

II. Testimony. John talks about how he saw the Spirit come down and remain on Jesus. In our Sunday School material the Spirit was in the form of a dove. Jesus is to baptize with the Holy Spirit, instead of water. Jesus is declared to be God’s Chosen One.

Applications –

- The Holy Spirit. Notice in vs. 32 that the Holy Spirit is pictured as a dove. The Holy Spirit is also the third part of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Instead of arguing about the minor issues, we should focus on the major issues.

We should be concerned with hearing and obeying God’s will. The Spirit has a way of helping us understand the word of God.

He has a way of giving us peace, when we are on the right road, and He convicts us, when we are on the wrong road. Let’s work on living by the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

- Jesus the Chosen One. Notice in vs. 34 of our Sunday School material that Jesus is God the Father’s chosen One. For believers, Jesus is not simply another Bible character. He is extra special and in a class all by Himself.

Let’s live like Jesus is extra special in our lives. This kind of living should be known for obeying God’s commands to love God with all that we have and to love others, as we love our selves.

Conclusion: Let’s work on living as if Jesus is the Lamb of God, in our lives. God has much for those who obey His will.

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