Sunday School Material 5-11-14: Jesus' Mission on Earth

(Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:14-21; 5/11/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of the prophesy in Isaiah. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to let God use us to continue the work of Jesus.

Body:

Read Isaiah 61:1-3

I. Prophecy. The writer talks about how the Spirit of the Lord is upon “Him.” Believers believe that Jesus is the ultimate “Him.” He has been anointed to proclaim good news to the poor. The people are to receive oil of joy, instead of mourning. They will be called oaks of righteousness.

Applications -

- God and the poor. Notice in vs. 1 of our Sunday School material that God cares so much for His poor people that He sends a messenger and minister. In like manner, God is still concerned with those who are poor financially, spiritually, relationally, and the like.

God is still sending messengers with a word from the Lord. Every believer ought to be able to share the good news that Jesus saves and that there are all kinds of blessings that come with obeying God’s word.

God is still sending ministers or servants. Every believer ought to be involved in a good work, a work that responds to a need. Let’s work on appreciating God’s concern for the poor and letting Him use us to minister to them.

- God’s promises and our parts. Notice in vss. 1-2 that there are promises of great blessings. There are promises of restoration, deliverance, and even divine vengeance.

We should be thankful that God has a plan to make things better for those who belong to Him and are being oppressed. Trouble doesn’t last always.

Even though we don’t always agree with God’s timing, we should trust that God knows what is best and when it is best to give it to us.

Furthermore, we should be open to God using us to be a part of His promise keeping. Let’s work on trusting God’s promises and letting Him use us to make His promises come true.

- God’s timing and glory. Notice in vs. 3 of our Sunday School material that God has “this, instead of that,” so His people can display His splendor.

For example, God has a crown of beauty, instead of ashes; oil of joy, instead of mourning; and garments of praise, instead of a spirit of despair.

In like manner, God has good, instead of bad. He has blessings, instead of suffering. However, it is important to remember that the blessings are given to display God’s splendor.

In other words, God blesses us for His glory, not for our bragging rights. Let’s work on trusting God to bless us with the right stuff at the right time, and then let’s make sure we give God the glory, instead of bragging about what He has given us.

Read Luke 4:14-21

II. Fulfillment. Jesus’ teaching ministry is mentioned in our Sunday School material. He reads a scripture in Nazareth. It is the text from Isaiah. He mentions that the scripture is fulfilled in their hearing.

Applications -

- Getting the word out about Jesus. Notice in vs. 14 that there is power in “word of mouth.” On one hand, technology can be helpful - email, text, social media, screens in the sanctuary, websites, and more.

But on the other hand, there is still power in people talking to people. Let’s make sure we use all means at our disposal to help people get saved and growing in the Lord, including word of mouth.

- Church attendance and participation. Notice in vs. 16 that Jesus was known for going to the synagogue frequently. In like manner, every believer should strive to be regular in corporate worship and study.

Even though you may be able to get the information from television or Internet, you cannot get the fellowship. Let’s be regular in our church attendance and participation.

- God’s word. Notice three things in vss. 17-21. First, as in Sunday School material, it is good to have some scripture reading in the worship service. That is why the Pastor reads his/her text before preaching.

Second, scriptures are trustworthy. We can count on the blessings and punishments listed in God’s word. Third, we should strive to carry out the work of Christ, since we (i.e., the Church) are His body and bride.

That is, we should be busy letting God use us to help others get saved and experience abundant life. Let’s honor God’s word by not only reading it but also by living by it.

Conclusion: Let’s work on letting God use us to continue the work of Jesus. God has much for those who obey His will.

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