Sunday School Material 4-27-14: From Suffering to Glory

(Isaiah 53:3-8; Luke 24:25-27, 44-47; 4/27/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Jesus’ suffering for us was prophesied way back in Isaiah. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live like we trust the promises of God and are appreciative of all that Jesus has gone through for us.

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Body:

Read Isaiah 53:3-8

I. Suffering for Others. Isaiah talks about One who is rejected and suffers so much pain on behalf of God’s people. The people had gone astray like sheep, but the Sufferer took the pain for them.

Believers believe the One mentioned by Isaiah in our Sunday School material is Jesus.

Applications -

- Jesus’ suffering for us. Notice in vss. 3-5 that Jesus suffered so much for us. First, Christians believe the text is a prophesy of Jesus. Second, Jesus suffered all kinds of pain as a substitute payment for our sins.

Third, vs. 5 is probably best understood as spiritual healing. Spiritual healing fits the spirit of the rest of the verse in our Sunday School material. Fourth, we should live as if we appreciate all that Jesus has done for us. Such living should be known for obeying God's word.

At the core of God's word are the issues of accepting Christ, as our savior by faith and then living a life focused on loving God and others, as we love ourselves. Let's work on living like we appreciate what Jesus has done for us.

- Complaining. Notice in vs. 7 that as Jesus suffered for us, He said so little. On the other hand, there are too many who complain so much about what they suffer through for Jesus. Let's work on living for Jesus without complaining.

Read Luke 24:25-27

II. Prophesied to Suffer. Jesus talks about how foolish His listeners are. Their foolishness is related to their not understanding that the Messiah must suffer. Jesus taught them about the suffering Messiah based on Moses and the Prophets (i.e., the Bible of the day).

Applications -

- Foolishness. Notice in vs. 25 of our Sunday School material that Jesus talks about the foolishness of His disciples. They were slow to believe the truth.

First, when you are acting foolish, you should be more concerned with getting rid of foolishness than with your feelings being hurt because some one told you about your foolishness.

Second, when we don’t believe God’s word, we are living foolishly. The measure of what we believe is not what we say but what we do. Faith without works is dead. Let’s work on living wisely, instead of foolishly. Wise living is known for trusting and obeying the word of God.

- Living by the word. Notice in vss. 26-27 that Jesus teaches His disciples about the prophecy of the Messiah using passages from Moses and the Prophets. It is important for believers to be able to understand how all of the Bible relates to Christ (i.e., the Christology of the Bible).

It is also important for believers to know how to live by the Bible. God doesn’t just want us to know what the Bible says. He wants us to know what it means to us and then He wants us to obey it. Let’s work on understanding and living by all of God’s word.

Read Luke 24:44-47

III. Promises to Preach. Jesus reassures His listeners in our Sunday School material that the Messiah must suffer. Jesus opened their minds, so they could understand the Scriptures related to the suffering. There is mention of the resurrection, repentance, and forgiveness of sins.

Applications -

- Understanding and obeying God’s word. Notice in vss. 44-45 that the disciples’ minds were opened, so they could understand the promises that God was fulfilling.

First, we should prayerfully study the word of God and listen to the preaching and teaching of God’s word with the hope that God will open our minds, so we can understand.

Without the Holy Spirit’s illuminating the meaning of the text, human intelligence will not grasp the spiritual meaning of the Bible.

Second, we should live like we believe that God is still a promise keeper. Just like He kept His promises about the suffering of the Messiah, He keeps His promises about blessing obedience and punishing disobedience.

To live like we believe that God is a promise keeper means that we obey Him. Let’s seek God’s opening our minds, so we can understand, trust, and obey His word.

- Telling others about Jesus. Notice in vs. 47 of our Sunday School material the importance of preaching about repentance and forgiveness. As believers, we are to share with others that the only way to be right with God is to accept Jesus as one’s savior by faith.

Humanity must repent or turn from trying to work their way into right relationship with God. We must seek God’s forgiveness or His cancelling of our bills. This is only done through Jesus’ suffering for us. Let’s work on telling others about the forgiveness that is available through Jesus.   

Conclusion: Let’s work on living like we trust the promises of God and are appreciative of all that Jesus has gone through for us. God has much for those who obey His will.

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