When we read the Bible, it tells us that the world we live in was created by the creator God; He made the sky, oceans, mountains, rivers, plants, animals, and us, human beings. In the beginning of this world we were created in God’s likeness – and had a special place in His heart. However, the Bible tells us that we all walked out of His way. We rejected God, the King, and rebelled against Him. The Bible calls this “Sin”. Once we did not know God: we lived our lives in a self-centered way, not in a God-centered way. The Bible tells us that this “way of selfishness” leads people to suffering and the ultimate disaster. Because we, as humans, do not have God’s power on our own, we cannot escape from the pull of temptation. We need someone to come rescue us. That is why we need Jesus Christ, the Savior. About 2000 years ago, God’s plan happened: the only Son of God, Jesus Christ, was born through the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. He came to save us from the bondage of sin, from a life of darkness and suffering and disaster. In order to save us, Christ came and lived a perfect, sinless life; He died for all our sins on the cross; and He was raised from the death. If we believe that He is the Son of God and we ask Him to come rescue us, then we will receive eternal life.
What does God Expect Us?
The heart of God for us is always that we be saved. We can be saved by turning away from selfishness, through true repentance, and turning to Jesus Christ, putting our faith in Him. Then, we are told by God to follow His teaching in the Bible, obeying everything Jesus told us to do. When we start to believe in Jesus, we no longer walk in the darkness, but we walk in the light of the glory of God. If you believe in Jesus, and trust Him to cover over your sins, then your sins will be forgiven. You will also be given eternal life through Jesus by His grace alone. One day, when your life on earth is over, you will face death. But if you believe in Jesus, you will not truly die because you will be raised again through Jesus’ power. And you will live in heaven with Jesus forever.
In this World the Work of Christ Is Filled in the Glory of God
In all Christ lived about 33 years on this earth. Only his last three years are recorded in the four gospels which we will consider together in this Bible study. Although Jesus’ life was short on earth, all his works, knowledge, wisdom, miracles, healing, forgiveness, and grace were filled with the glory of God. Know that Jesus is surely the amazing God who brings truth and salvation – and offers deep love to you. We pray that you would repent and believe so that the Lord Jesus Christ will be your Savior!
1 1-2 Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. 3 He created everything there is—nothing exists that he didn’t make. 4 Eternal life is in him, and this life gives light to all mankind. 5 His life is the light that shines through the darkness—and the darkness can never extinguish it.
6-7 God sent John the Baptist as a witness to the fact that Jesus Christ is the true Light. 8 John himself was not the Light; he was only a witness to identify it.
9 Later on, the one who is the true Light arrived to shine on everyone coming into the world.10 But although he made the world, the world didn’t recognize him when he came. 11-12 Even in his own land and among his own people, the Jews, he was not accepted. Only a few would welcome and receive him. But to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them. 13 All those who believe this are reborn!—not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan—but from the will of God.
14 And Christ became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of loving forgiveness and truth. And some of us have seen his glory—the glory of the only Son of the heavenly Father!
The Word You May Not Know:
Exist=to live; Jesus Christ=the Son of God; alive=not dead; create=to bring into being; eternallife=life that lasts always and forever; mankind: all human beings; darkness=so dark, one can’t see anything; extinguish=to delete; John the Baptist= a man sent by God to introduce Jesus to us; witness=a person who sees and hears; identify=to find out what something is; recognize=to understand; Jews=people whose ancestors were from the story in the Bible; receive=to accept; trust=to believe; reborn=rebirth; forgiveness=free from guilt, blame, debt; truth=a thing that is real; glory=majesty, greatness; Son=Jesus Christ; heavenly Father=God
Jesus Is God
God, with Jesus, already existed even before this world started. John here explains to us that God created heaven and earth and everything, including us, through Jesus. Many people ask: “Who is Jesus?” The Bible tells us that “Jesus is the Son of God.” That means “Jesus is God.”
The Bible tells us here that there is the darkness (war, natural disaster and disease) of evil in this world. You hear about this evil on the news every day. It also tells us that there is the darkness of evil in our hearts. We are selfish, jealous, angry, and etc.… (Romans 3:23, Galatians 5:19-22). The spirit of darkness is inside and outside of us. Christ, the light, was sent by God to save us from the darkness of sin and of evil in the world. God sent Christ…
1. to forgive our sins (pride, jealousy, selfishness, etc).
2. to save us from the power of the darkness of evil.
3. to give His new life to us.
4. to lead us to the way of our Father, God in heaven.
According to the Bible, Christ brings us to the grace and truth of God. The darkness of evil cannot defeat the light of Jesus.
*Evil (devil) is Satan who opposes God. He is an evil spirit who leads us to disobey what God teaches us in the Bible.
*Sin (sinful nature) is fallen human nature. The Bible says that sin is in us and comes through Adam and Eve who were the first humans, the parents of mankind. They were tempted by Satan, ate some fruit – which God had told them not to eat – and disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3)
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1 1-2 Before anything else existed, there was , ( ) with God. He has always been alive and is himself God.
3 He ( )d everything there is—nothing exists that he didn’t make.
14 And Christ became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of ( ) and ( ). And some of us have seen his glory—the glory of the only Son of the heavenly Father!
Choose your answer
1. Who is the Son of God?
3. An angel
4. A smart teacher
2. For what purpose was John sent by God?
1. He was sent to tell people a story with no hope.
2. He was sent to tell people to love the darkness of the world.
3. He was sent to announce that Jesus is the Son of God.
4. He was sent to tell terrible lies to people.
3. What did people, who believed in Jesus, see?
1. They saw nothing.
2. They saw only the darkness.
3. They saw our Father’s glory (grace and truth).
4. They just saw their disappointment.
4. What does the Bible say will happen when people believe in Jesus?
1. They will become children of God.
2. Nothing really happens
3. The darkness of the world will surround them.
4. They will be disappointed.
5. When did Christ’s life start? (v. 1)
6. What did God create through Jesus? (v. 3)
7. You could name Jesus as the Light, Creator, Glory of God, Son of the Father from this story of the Bible. Which of the names of Jesus is especially significant for you?
8. Why do you think that Jesus became a human? (v. 14)
9. What can Christ give to you through his fullness of grace and truth? (v. 14)
10. What did you learn all about Jesus after reading John 1:1-14?
The Birth of Jesus ----- Jesus is born by the Spirit of God
18 These are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph, her fiancé, being a man of stern principle, decided to break the engagement but to do it quietly, as he didn’t want to publicly disgrace her.
20 As he lay awake considering this, he fell into a dream, and saw an angel standing beside him. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “don’t hesitate to take Mary as your wife! For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a Son, and you shall name him Jesus (meaning ‘Savior’), for he will save his people from their sins. 22 This will fulfill God’s message through his prophets—23 ‘Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child!She shall give birth to a Son, and he shall be called “Immanuel” (meaning “God is with us”).’” 24 When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel commanded and brought Mary home to be his wife, 25 but she remained a virgin until her Son was born; and Joseph named him “Jesus.”
The Word You May Not Know:
Facts=true details; concerning=about; Jesus Christ=Son of God who saves his people from their sins; Mary and Joseph= earthly father and mother of Jesus; virgin= a person who has never had sexual relations; pregnant= person who has a growing baby inside the body; Holy Spirit= the Spirit of God; fiancé=a man who is engaged to be married; being a man of stern principle=a man who wants to follow the rules; engagement=a promise to marry; to disgrace=cause to shame; angel=heavenly messenger of God;David=Joseph’s ancestor who was the King of Israel; hesitate=to pause because you are not sure; sins=wrong actions and thoughts against God; fulfill=to satisfy what is expected; prophet=a person who speaks the message of God; Immanuel=a title that means “God is with us”; remain= to continue the same way
Jesus Is Born by the Spirit of God
This is the story of Jesus’s birth and the beginning of His life on the earth. One day an Angel of the LORD came to the Mary and said that she would be pregnant by the power of the Holy Sprit through God. This was blessed news, but Joseph was confused because Mary was pregnant before they got married and had sexual relations.
In those days, an engagement was considered the same as a legal marriage, so when Mary became pregnant before marriage that meant she had broken the law of God and the rules of her society. The law said Mary and Joseph had to get a divorce. Joseph was an honest person, so neither he did not want to break the law. He also didn’t want Mary to experience public disgrace. So Joseph chose to divorce her quietly.
During this heart-breaking time for Joseph, the angel of the LORD appeared in his dream and told him to get married to Mary. Mary was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit through God. The angels said: “You will name him ‘Jesus.’ He will save his people from their sins.” A prophet from the past, Isaiah, had said this would happen:
23 The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel,”which means “God is with us.” (Isaiah. 7:14)
Here is an amazing truth: When Jesus was born, God himself came to be with us. God became a human being! Jesus lived a human life and He experienced everything we experience in our life. He deeply understands our weakness, suffering, pain – as well as our sins. And Jesus came to die on a cross to pay for our sins so that we could have a relationship with God. Jesus came to be with us so that we could be with God. If you believe that Jesus is God and that He came to live and die for you, then you can with God forever.
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18 These are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin she became pregnant by the ( ).
21 And she will have a Son, and you shall name him ( ) (meaning ‘Savior’), for he will ( ) his people from their ( ). 22 This will fulfill God’s message through his prophets—
23 ‘Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child! She shall give birth to a Son, and he shall be called “Immanuel” (meaning “( ) ”).’”
Choose your answer
1. How was Jesus born?
1. He was born from the angel of God.
2. He was born through Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit through God.
3. He came down from the sky.
4. Joseph and Mary found baby Jesus abandoned on the street.
2. Where does the name “Jesus” come from?
1. Joseph took the name from strongest fighter in Jerusalem.
2. Mary just got the name when she was looking in the newspaper.
3. The angel of the LORD appeared in Joseph’s dream and told him to name the child, Jesus.
4. Joseph’s grandfather and grandmother recommended the name, Jesus.
3. What was Joseph told about Jesus when the angel of the LORD appeared in his dream?
1. He will save his people from their sins.
2. He will have great wealth.
3. He will be a powerful king of Israel to protect his country.
4. He will be a famous artist.
4. What does “Immanuel” mean?
1. God is not with us.
2. Live positively
3. God is with us.
4. Your dream comes true.
5. Why did Joseph want to divorce Mary?
6. What do you think about God when you read the prophecy about Jesus in Isaiah? Can God fulfill prophecies like this?
7. Joseph loved Mary and was kind to her. Have you met someone kind in your life? What has that person done for you? It could be your parents, grandparents, coach, friends, etc.
8. How are you encouraged by this story?
9. How does this story change how you want to live now?
10. Please share your thoughts after reading Matthew 1:18-25.
John the Baptist ----- Jesus takes away sin
John the Baptist – Mark 1:1-8
1 Here begins the wonderful story of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.
2 In the book written by the prophet Isaiah, God announced that he would send his Son to earth, and that a special messenger would arrive first to prepare the world for his coming.
3 “This messenger will live out in the barren wilderness,” Isaiah said, “and will proclaim that everyone must straighten out his life to be ready for the Lord’s arrival.”*
4 This messenger was John the Baptist. He lived in the wilderness and taught that all should be baptized as a public announcement of their decision to turn their backs on sin, so that God could forgive them. 5 People from Jerusalem and from all over Judea traveled out into the Judean wastelands to see and hear John, and when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 6 His clothes were woven from camel’s hair and he wore a leather belt; locusts and wild honey were his food. 7 Here is a sample of his preaching:
“Someone is coming soon who is far greater than I am, so much greater that I am not even worthy to be his slave. 8 I baptize you with water but he will baptize you with God’s Holy Spirit!”*
The Words You May Not Know:
Prophet= a person who speaks for God; Isaiah= a man who lived around 730BC; Messenger= a person who delivers news by spoken and written form; straighten out his life= to change behavior to be what God wants; Lord=God; Baptize= an important Christian practice where a person is immersed in water; Sin= wrong actions and thoughts against God; Forgive= you are free from the judgment of God;wasteland= a very dry place where nothing will grow or live; Confess= I admit that I am a sinner; Camel= an animal that lives in dry places; Locust= an edible insect; slave= a person forced to work with no pay or rights; Holy Spirit= the Spirit of God who guide us to the right way of God.
Jesus Takes Away Sins
John the Baptist was a messenger of God. He was sent by God to tell people that Jesus is the Son of God and saves them from their sins. The appearance of John the Baptist was already foretold by Isaiah, the prophet of God. Isaiah wrote long ago that John the Baptist would come and prepare the way for people to know who Jesus is. John the Baptist told people that God wanted them to stop sinning and ask God for forgiveness. Many people realized that John was giving them a message from God, so they confessed their sins and were baptized in the Jordan River.
The words in the Bible are God’s words to us. When the Bible speaks, everyone needs to listen, to follow, and to obey seriously. Today, God speaks through His word and tells us to “stop sinning and ask God for forgiveness of sins.” Why? – Because sin will destroy you. It leads you to lie, to have pride, to get angry, and to have wrong desires. It corrupts your conscience. It even leads to the death of your soul. (Romans 6:23) John the Baptist tells us that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus will truly change people’s hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit. And, He can save from the death of sin and give you eternal life.
The Words You May Not Know:
The baptism: it is an important Christian ceremony that symbolizes saving faith of Jesus Christ.
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4 This messenger was John the Baptist. He lived in the wilderness and taught that all should be baptized as a public announcement of their decision to turn their backs on ( ), so that God could ( )them.
Choose your answer
1. Who is John the Baptist?
1. A Messenger of God
2. Christ Jesus
3. A Smart Person
4. The Savior
2. According to the prophet Isaiah, what was John the Baptist’s purpose?
1. To prepare people to have a good life
2. To prepare the way for the Lord
3. To prepare people to have home party
4. To prepare to sell wild honey
3. What did John the Baptist tell people (you) to do?
1. Live in their same old life style
2. Live an easy life
3. Live in positive ways
4. Stop sinning (change their (your) hearts) and accept the forgiveness of sins through Jesus
4. What happened after John the Baptist told the people to repent?
1. Nothing happened.
2. People told John that they didn’t like his message.
3. People confessed their sins and were baptized in the Jordan River.
4. People told John the Baptist that he was wrong.
5. 3 “This messenger will live out in the barren wilderness,” Isaiah said, “and will proclaim that everyone must straighten out his life to be ready for the Lord’s arrival.” Who is this messenger told by Isaiah? What does it mean that everyone must “straighten out his life”? (v. 3)
6. How did John the Baptist prepare the way of the Lord? (v. 4-5)
7. How did people “straighten out their lives”? (See v. 5)
8. What does John the Baptist tell us about the greatest one who will come after him? (v. 7-8)
9. What should you also do after hearing the message of John the Baptist?
10. Please share your thoughts after reading Mark 1:1-8?
Satan temps Jesus ----- Jesus is stronger than the devil
Satan Tempts Jesus – Luke 4:1-12
1-2 Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan River, being urged by the Spirit out into the barren wastelands of Judea, where Satan tempted him for forty days. He ate nothing all that time and was very hungry.
3 Satan said, “If you are God’s Son, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4 But Jesus replied, “It is written in the Scriptures, ‘Other things in life are much more important than bread!’”
5 Then Satan took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time; 6-7 and the devil told him, “I will give you all these splendid kingdoms and their glory—for they are mine to give to anyone I wish—if you will only get down on your knees and worship me.” 8 Jesus replied, “We must worship God, and him alone. So it is written in the Scriptures.”
9-11 Then Satan took him to Jerusalem to a high roof of the Temple and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say that God will send his angels to guard you and to keep you from crashing to the pavement below!” 12 Jesus replied, “The Scriptures also say, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to a foolish test.’”
The Word You May Not Know:
Holy Spirit= the Spirit of God; Wasteland= a very dry place where nothing will grow and live; Satan= the Spiritual being of Evil, Enemy of Christ, believers and God;Tempt= to pull your heart toward wrong desires or sins; God’s son= Jesus Christ;devil= the Spiritual being of Evil, Enemy of Christ, believers and God; splendid kingdoms= the riches of the world; theirglory= the greatness of the world;Worship= giving thanks and honor to something; Scriptures= Word in the Bible;Jerusalem= a City in Israel; Temple= the place for worshiping God in Israel;Angels= Messengers of God
Jesus Is Stronger Than the Devil
Jesus Christ was God. And He was also a human being. He experienced temptation, hunger, and loneliness, just like we do. Once, during Jesus’ life, the devil, the enemy of God, came to tempt Jesus. He wanted Jesus to sin. This happened in the wilderness when Jesus was hungry and alone.
The devil tempted Jesus to sin 3 times, but the devil failed. Jesus did not sin. How did Jesus win the battle with the devil? Jesus used the Word of God from the Bible to fight the devil.
1. The devil said, “If you are Son of God, change this rock to bread.” Jesus answered, “A person does not live on bread alone.” (Our greatest need is for spiritual food, which is the Word of God in the Bible.)
2. The devil said, “I will give you all the kingdoms in this world…if you worship me” Jesus answered, “You must worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.”
3. The devil said, “If you are Son of God, jump to the ground (from the high place of the temple) and the angels will protect you.” Jesus answered: “Do not test the Lord your God.”
Long ago Adam and Eve (Gen 3), the first parents of the human race, were tempted by the devil and they sinned. But Jesus, since He is God and man, is stronger than Adam and Eve were. He can do what they failed to do. He can defeat the devil and defeat temptation with the Word of God.
We have good news for you today. You know Jesus Christ is strong. He defeated evil and sin and temptation. Even when He died on the cross He rose again and defeated the power of death. He is the strong and mighty King! Human beings cannot defeat these things alone. But if we believe in Jesus Christ, we become connected to Jesus. We share in His victory. Just like He defeated sin, we can defeat sin because we have His power. Just like He said NO to the devil, we can say NO to the devil with the Word of God. And just like Jesus rose from the dead, we also can rise from the dead if we stay connected to Jesus by faith. Jesus makes it possible for us to live in heaven forever if we believe and trust in Him.
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4 But Jesus replied, “It is written in the Scriptures: ‘( ) .’ “
8 Jesus replied, “It is written in the Scriptures: ‘You must ( ) and ( ). So it is written in the Scriptures.”
Choose your answer
1. Who is the Son of God?
1. A smart teacher
2. An angel
3. Jesus Christ
4. A Prophet
2. Who is the devil?
1. A Good Person
2. An Enemy of God
3. A Friendly person
4. A Good teacher
3. How did Jesus win the battle with the devil?
1. He battled with His sword.
2. He used the Word of God in the Bible.
3. He defeated the devil using thunder from the sky.
4. He used an angel to defeat the devil.
4. Bread is food. What other kind of food is the Bible for us?
1. Fast food
2. Spiritual food (The Word in the Bible)
3. A food supplement
4. Dietary food
5. When you are tempted and it is hard to escape, what will you do?
6. How did Jesus and Satan use the Bible in different ways?
7. Look at what Satan said to Jesus. What were truths? What were lies? How does Satan use “half-truths” to tempt you?
8. Christ, the Son of God, was tempted by Satan to doubt what God the Father had promised Him. How will you deal with temptation when Satan tempts you to doubt God’s promises to you? (Examples: your forgiveness, your salvation, eternal life, etc.)
9. What do you learn from Jesus about how He deals with temptation.
10. Please share your thoughts after reading Luke 4:1-12?
Eternal Life ----- Jesus gives eternal life
Eternal Life – John 3:16-21
16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.
18 “There is no eternal doom awaiting those who trust him to save them. But those who don’t trust him have already been tried and condemned for not believing in the only Son of God. 19 Their sentence is based on this fact: that the Light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 They hated the heavenly Light because they wanted to sin in the darkness. They stayed away from that Light for fear their sins would be exposed and they would be punished. 21 But those doing right come gladly to the Light to let everyone see that they are doing what God wants them to.”
The Word You May Not Know:
God= Creator who created this world; only son= Jesus Christ; perish=to be lost or destroyed; eternal life= live that lasts forever in heaven with God; condemn= to judge the wrong thoughts and actions of the person; to save= rescue from sins and God’s judgment; eternal doom= eternal death; only Son of God= Jesus; fact= truth / actual experience; Light= Jesus; darkness= living in their sins without light or Jesus; deeds= your actions; evil= the thoughts and deeds against God; expose =your unwanted secret will be appeared; punish= penalty for wrong actions
Jesus Gives Eternal Life
One night Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader, came to meet Jesus because he had seen Jesus’ amazing miracles and heard Jesus’ teachings about God. He thought that Jesus could answer the most important and challenging question that a human being can ask about God:
“How can people enter heaven?
Christ answered to Nicodemus, “16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Here, the Bible clearly explains that if you want to enter into the heaven, you surely need to “Believe in Jesus.”
“Why is it so important to believe in Jesus?”
When you do not believe in Jesus, you are out of his blessing and salvation. There are reasons why you are in such place.
Without God, humans live in the darkness of sin. Sinful temptations are too strong for us. (Luke 11:4) We cannot overcome them by ourselves. We are selfish, deceitful, jealous, angry and bitter. (Galatians 5:19-22) Without the light of Jesus we choose to live in the darkness of sin. That means that we break the heart of God because he loves us so much. And, we also break the rules of God even though God has written them on our hearts. (Romans 2:15) God gave us a conscience, so we know right and wrong – but we still do wrong. As a result, we are under the righteous judgment of God. There is no excuse. (Romans 2:16) God is “Love”, but is also “Right.
“We are separated from God’s blessing and salvation, but the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for you.”
God sent Jesus to earth for us. Jesus came so He could rescue us from our sins and from judgment. Christ did this by taking our sins upon Himself. Jesus died on the cross and paid the penalty our sins deserved. (Romans 5:8) Then God raised Jesus from the dead. Now Christ sits at the right hand of God. (Ephesians 1:20) Sin was completely paid for by the blood of Jesus on the cross! (Ephesians 1:7) If you trust in Jesus Christ and believe that His death is enough to cover your sin, then you will be forgiven and you will receive eternal life from God. Jesus Christ says to you now: “16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
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16 For God ( ) the world so much that he gave his ( ) so that anyone who ( ) in him shall not perish but have ( ).
Choose your answer
1. How did Nicodemus know about Jesus?
1. He had heard about His amazing teachings and miracles.
2. He had heard that Jesus is God from his friends.
3. He had read an article in The Chicago Tribune.
4. He Googled it.
2. What the Bible says about God?
1. God loves us so much.
2. God does not like us.
3. God does not care about us.
4. God cannot help us.
3. How does Jesus answer Nicodemus about how humans enter heaven?
1. Pray hard.
2. Do the right things.
3. Help the poor.
4. Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus.
4. What is your thought now that you have heard John 3:16?
1. I do not understand it well.
2. I understand God loves us, but I am not sure about more than that.
3. I now know God loves us so much.
4. I want to believe in Jesus and be a Christian.
5. We are all sinners and unworthy, but how are you encouraged and strengthened after reading John 3:16?
6. What changed about your idea of God after reading John 3:17?
7. What is the biggest challenge that stops you from believing in Jesus?
8. Does it make you feel closer to Jesus now if you know you will be with him forever in heaven?
9. What does it mean for you that Jesus died for your sins on the cross and wants to save you from God’s righteous judgment?
10. Please share your thoughts after reading John 3:16-21?
Jesus and the Fishers of Men ----- Jesus says, follow me!
Jesus and the Fishers of Men – Luke 5:4-11
4 When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Take the boat into deep water, and put your nets in the water to catch some fish.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we worked hard all night trying to catch fish, and we caught nothing. But you say to put the nets in the water, so I will.”6 When the fishermen did as Jesus told them, they caught so many fish that the nets began to break.7 They called to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full that they were almost sinking.
8 When Simon Peter saw what had happened, he bowed down before Jesus and said, “Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful man!” 9 He and the other fishermen were amazed at the many fish they caught, as were 10 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will fish for people.” 11When the men brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.
The Word You May Not Know:
Master= Respectful name for a teacher; bow = lower the body to show respect; Lord= God; sinful man= the person who knows he has sinned; amaze= to overwhelm with surprise; James / John= two men who were fishermen and who followed Jesus; Zebedee= father of James and John; follow= to go after or copy the trusted leader (People who believe in Jesus follow his teaching, life, and faith.)
Jesus says, “Follow me!”
One morning Jesus was teaching near a lake. After he finished teaching, he went out in a boat to deep water with Simon Peter and some others. Jesus asked Simon Peter to throw the net over the side to catch some fish. At first, Simon Peter hesitated because, as an experienced fisherman, he knew the best time to go fishing in deep water is during the night, not the morning.
But Simon Peter knew that Jesus was a Master who gave great teaching and did amazing miracles, so Simon decided to obey Jesus’ request.
What happened next?
Even though it was not a good time to go fishing, Simon Peter and the others they caught SO MANY fish that their boat almost sank! When Simon Peter saw all the fish, he bowed down before Jesus and said, “Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful man!” Why did Simon Peter bow down and say these things to Jesus? Because when Simon Peter saw the fish, he knew it was a miracle – and he knew that Jesus was God, the holy and living God who could do things that no other human could do. It made Simon Peter very uncomfortable.
Simon Peter was afraid of Jesus because sinful human beings cannot stand before a holy God. (Ex., Isaiah 6:5) But 10Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will fish for people.” 11When the men brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus. Jesus called Simon Peter to become his disciple (a student or learner). When Simon said “yes”, he belonged to Jesus and was given a job: to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to make disciples of all nations. (Mat. 28:18-20)
We are sinful people and we cannot stand before Jesus on our own. But Jesus tells us to believe in Him and follow Him, to become His disciples. If we listen and decide to obey Jesus, we don’t have to be afraid anymore. We can be Christ’s disciples and follow Jesus and live for Him forever.
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8 When Simon Peter saw what had happened, he bowed down before Jesus and said, “Go away from me, Lord. I am a ( ) man!”
Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on ( ).”
11When the men brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and ( ).
Choose your answer
1. Why did Simon decide to go fishing again after fishing all night?
1. I do not know.
2. Because Jesus told him to do it.
3. He always liked to go fishing.
4. He was following his normal fishing routine.
2. Why did Simon bow down before Jesus?
1. He was begging for food.
2. He saw that Jesus is God through His amazing works.
3. He asked Jesus’ help to escape from robbers.
4. He was so tired that he could not stand anymore.
3. Why did Simon say to Jesus, “Go away from me, and I am a sinful man?”
1. He smelled like fish.
2. He realized he had sin in his heart when he faced Jesus, who is God.
3. He was very shy and did not want always to talk others.
4. He was so depressed that he didn’t want to talk to anybody.
4. If Jesus tells you, “Follow me!” Are you going to do it?
1. I have no idea.
2. Maybe, if I know more who Jesus is.
3. Yes, I now know Jesus is God and want to follow him.
4. No, I will run away from Jesus.
5. How did Simon realize that Jesus is not just a man, but the holy, living God?
6. Do you want to be like Simon who truly admits that he is a sinner? If so, please pray to Jesus however you are comfortable – either alone or with your group.
7. Why did Simon and his fishermen decide to follow Jesus and leave their jobs and everything behind?
8. What promise the LORD, Jesus Christ, give to Simon if Simon would do what Jesus told him to do?
9. Where do you think that God is calling you to serve Jesus right now? (E.g. home, neighborhood, school, work, church, etc.)
10. Please share your thoughts after reading Luke 5:4-11?
Solid Rock and Sand ----- Jesus is our foundation
Solid Rock and Sand – Matthew 7:24-27
24 “Everyone who hears my words and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and hit that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock. 26 Everyone who hears my words and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and hit that house, and it fell with a big crash.”
The Word You May Not Know:
obey= Doing what God says; wise= the person who makes good choices from the knowledge of God; blew (blow)= for air or wind to move fast; foolish= the person who tries to live without God
Jesus Is Our Foundation
This teaching is a parable, told by Jesus. A parable is a simple story where Christ speaks about important truth using our daily experience! So, we can understand deep spiritual and moral teaching in simple way. Here Jesus teaches us that there are two kinds of people in the world: wise people and foolish people.
Both wise and foolish people build houses. Both kinds of houses look nice, but once a strong storm arrives, the result for each kind of house is very different. The wise person’s house does not fall apart, but the foolish person’s house falls apart completely.
This is the message of Jesus for us, “Hear and obey my words! If you do what I say, you will build your life on something solid, like a rock, not on something that will fail, like sand.” If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and obey Him, and build your life on His words in the Bible, He will be your unshakable foundation. He will give you a new protection, a new life and a new hope through the Word of God in the Bible. Let me explain for you!
1. The Word of God gives you a new protection. God is our protection and our strength.He always helps in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
2. The Word of God gives you a new life. 16 “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
3. The Word of God gives you a new hope. 11 I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
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24 “Everyone who ( )s my ( ) and ( ) s them is like a ( ) man who built his house on .
Choose your answer
1. Who is the wise person?
1. The man who built his house on the sand.
2. The man who built his house on the tree.
3. The man who built his house on the hill.
4. The man who built his house on the rock.
2. Who is the foolish person?
1. The man who built his house on the sand.
2. The man who built his house on the tree.
3. The man who built his house on the rock.
4. The man who built his house on the hill.
3. What does the wise person believe in?
1. The wise person believes in his own knowledge and power.
2. The wise person believes in Christ’s teaching in the Bible.
3. The wise person believes in self-help books.
4. The wise person believes in friends’ teachings.
4. What is your best solution when you face difficulties in your life?
1. I trust the Word of God in the Bible.
2. I fall apart like the foolish person.
3. I patiently wait until the storm passes.
4. I just give up and die.
5. What was the worst life storm in your life? (Ex., difficult relationships, health, financial challenge, death of someone you love, and etc.…) How did you survive the storm? If you are in the middle of a storm right now, ask your group to pray for you!
6. What does the “Rock” represent here?
7. Where do you tend to build your house other than the rock of Jesus? (Your ability, strength, experience, finance, etc.)
8.How can you build your spiritual house firmer?
9. What promises does Christ give you in the Bible when you face storms in your life?
10. Please share your thoughts after reading Matthew 7:24-27?
Jesus Calms the Storm ----- Jesus is powerful
Jesus Calms the Storm – Mark 4:35-41
35 That evening, Jesus said to his followers, “Let’s go across the lake.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him in the boat just as he was. There were also other boats with them. 37 A very strong wind came up on the lake. The waves came over the sides and into the boat so that it was already full of water. 38 Jesus was at the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a cushion. His followers woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are drowning!” 39 Jesus stood up and commanded the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and it became completely calm.
The Word You May Not know:
followers = followers of Jesus who believe His teaching; drown = to die under water; command = to tell someone to do something; completely calm = fully quiet
Jesus is So Powerful
One day Jesus and His disciples decided to go across the lake. They all got in a boat and the disciples started to row.
Suddenly the disciples faced a strong and unexpected storm. Even though some of them were experienced fishermen, the disciples could not control boat. This storm was serious and their boat lost control.
What was Christ doing on the boat? Surprisingly, Jesus was at the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a cushion. The disciples were panicked and shouted to Jesus, “Help us! We are drowning.” Jesus stood and simply spoke words to the storm, “Quiet!” The storm stopped completely, right away. The disciples were all surprised because even nature – the wind and the waves – obeyed the command of Jesus.
Have you experienced storms in your life? What are they? They may be…
Worry about future
Worries about children
Disappointment of failure
We certainly cannot avoid storms in our life; sometimes we panic like the disciples. So, in your “life storms” what does Christ promise to do, if you believe in Jesus?
1. Christ promises to never leave you!
Christ did not leave the disciples when they faced the storm in the boat! Deuteronomy 31:6 says, 6 Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.”
2. Christ promises to listen to your urgent cries for help!
He listened to the urgent cries of the disciples when they asked help! Christ knows your needs even before you ask. Matthew 6:8 says, “…Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”
3. Christ promises to sustain you!
None of the disciples fell out of the boat or drowned when they faced the great storm. Jesus will help the person who believes in continue running the race of life, no matter what. (Hebrew 12:1-2)
4. Christ promises to save you, even from death!
Jesus Christ is God. He is incredibly powerful. In the story, he stopped the storm, simply with a word. He also promises to say “No” to death for you, if you believe in Him. John 3:16 says, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
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39 Jesus stood up and ( ) the wind and said to the waves, “( ) !” Then the wind ( ), and it became completely ( ).
Choose your answer
1. Did the experienced fishermen handle the storm well?
1. Yes, they did.
2. No, they didn’t.
2. What do we learn about Jesus in this story?
1. Jesus is sleepy.
2.Jesus is powerful.
3. Jesus is scared of storms.
4. Disciples are strong.
3. What do you do when you face an unexpected life storm (illness, relationship, financial challenge, job loss)?
1. I just wait for the storm to finish.
2. I do not know what to do.
3. I ask Jesus Christ for help.
4. I am just hopeless.
4. Do you think such a powerful Jesus can help in your unexpected life storm?
1. I don’t know.
2. Maybe not.
3. Maybe, I want to know more.
4. Yes, I believe He can.
5. What would you do if you were one of the disciples in the boat?
6. What will you do when you face the storms in your life?
7.Jesus’ followers woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are drowning?” The disciples seemed to think Jesus didn’t care. Do you think Jesus cares about your storms? What would you say to him if you needed his help?
8. Have you ever experienced any life storms? What are they? (Ex., difficult relationships, health, financial challenge, death of someone you love, and etc.…) How did you overcome the life storm? If you are in the middle of a storm right now, ask your group to pray for you!
9. “Quiet! Be still” If Jesus said this word to your life today, what would it mean to you?
10. Please share your thoughts after reading Mark 4:35-41?
Jesus Feeds 5000 ----- Jesus satisfies our needs
Jesus feeds more than 5000 – Luke 9:12-17
12 Late in the afternoon all twelve of the disciples came and urged him to send the people away to the nearby villages and farms, to find food and lodging for the night. “For there is nothing to eat here in this deserted spot,” they said.
13 But Jesus replied, “You feed them!”
“Why, we have only five loaves of bread and two fish among the lot of us,” they protested; “or are you expecting us to go and buy enough for this whole mob?” 14 For there were about 5,000 men there!
“Just tell them to sit down on the ground in groups of about fifty each,” Jesus replied. 15 So they did.
16 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish and looked up into the sky and gave thanks; then he broke off pieces for his disciples to set before the crowd. 17 And everyone ate and ate; still, twelve basketfuls of scraps were picked up afterwards!
Words You May Not Know:
Twelve apostles = 12 students of Jesus; countryside = Outside the city; follower= one who goes after the trusted leader; divide = to separate things; satisfied = filled up
Jesus Satisfies Our Needs
A huge crowd was actively listening to Christ’s teachings. But, it was getting dark outside and there was no place near where the huge crowd could eat. The disciples said to Jesus, “Send them away to get their own food.” Jesus responded to the disciples, “No, YOU get food for all of them.” The disciples were very confused because all they had were 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes (it was a lunch for a little boy) – not very much food for 5000 people!
But Jesus took the 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Then He looked up to heaven and thanked God for the food. Then he began to give people food. Amazingly, it never ran out! 5000 people were fed and enough food was left over to fill 12 baskets. All 5000 people were satisfied by the food Christ gave.
Who do you think Jesus is? Clearly you know that from this story, He has a heart of mercy for the person who asks for help. He is the love of God for the person who loves Him. Let me tell you an important message I hope you will always remember. Christ tells us that:
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never
be hungry or thirsty.
My father sent me from heaven to complete
one important work. It is the work of saving people from the judgment their sins deserve from God. God must punish because He is right, but He also saves, because He is love.
Believe in me! Everyone who believes in me can have my life in them.
I died for your sins so you don’t have to die.
And I was raised to life so that you can be raised too.
If my life is in you, then you will be with me forever in heaven.”
(Paraphrased of John 6:35-40)
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12 Late in the afternoon all twelve of the disciples came and urged him to send the people away to the nearby villages and farms, to find food and lodging for the night. “For there is ( ) here in this deserted spot,” they said.
16 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish and looked up into the
sky and ( ); then he broke off pieces for his disciples to set before the crowd.
17 And ( ) and ; still, twelve basketfuls of scraps were picked up afterwards!
Choose Your Answer
1. What do we learn about Jesus in this story?
1. Jesus is a great chef.
2. Jesus lives in the countryside.
3. Jesus satisfies our needs.
4. Jesus sells good food.
2. What happened when Christ looked up to heaven and thanked God for the food?
1. All the people were fed.
2. Nothing happened.
3. People started to leave him to get food in town.
4. Disciples left the place to get food for everyone.
3. Who do you think “Jesus Christ” is?
1. He must be God who can provide our needs
2. I do not know.
3. He is just a good teacher.
4. He is just a prophet of God.
4. Do you think Christ can satisfy the deep needs (peace, love, comfort, joy, etc…) of your life now?
1. I do not think so.
2. I think that He might be able to.
3. I would like to know Christ Jesus more.
4. I believe so because of His amazing works.
5. What is your reaction when lack resources; when you are in great need, like the disciples?
6. What is different about the reaction when Jesus saw the physical and spiritual needs of the people, and when the disciples saw these needs? What does this teach you?
7. The lack of food seemed so serious to the disciples that they never thought of asking Jesus to provide. They were blind to how much Jesus could provide. In what area of your life are you not asking God to provide?
8. Do you feel that God cares for you after you have read this story? Do you believe that Christ already has a solution for you before you even ask him for help?
9. Pray together and give thanks to God who cares for us and truly provides our needs!
10. Please share your thoughts after reading Luke 9:12-17?
The Good Shepherd and His Sheep ----- Jesus Is the Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd and His Sheep – John 10:11-16
11 “Iam the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lay down his life for the sheep. 12 A hired man will run when he sees a wolf coming and will leave the sheep, for they aren’t his and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf leaps on them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired man runs because he is hired and has no real concern for the sheep.
14 “I am the Good Shepherd. and know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, in another fold. I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice; and there will be one flock with one Shepherd.
Words You May Not Know: shepherd = one who cares the sheep; lay down= risk / give; scatter = to separate and move in different directions
Jesus is the good shepherd
Jesus is compared to a good shepherd. He takes care of us like a good shepherd does. We are compared to the sheep. We are often weak and easily lost, like sheep. So, we need a good shepherd to care for us, just like sheep need a shepherd.
Why is Jesus the good shepherd?
Jesus leads us. He is a good shepherd. He leads us in the right direction. And he protects us. In this world we know that there are awful leaders, or devils, or harmful messages. They lead us in the wrong direction. Christ warns us that they are like wolves. They lie and trick people and lead them to suffer. But Jesus is not like that: He leads us where we need to go.
Jesus listens to us. He is a good shepherd. When we ask for help, Christ hears. And he cares for us. Jesus says, 14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep knows me.” He knows the voice of the lost sheep.
Jesus even dies for us. He is a good shepherd. Jesus says, 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep (us).” This is different from a hired worker. A hired worker only works for money. When wolves come to attack the sheep, the hired runs away – he doesn’t care about the sheep! But Christ fights the wolves and faces danger for the sheep, because He loves them.
Now you can see how Jesus is the good shepherd: He leads us, listens to us, cares for us, protects us, and even dies for us. Jesus does all this so we can have life. That is why He is called “the savior of the world.”
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11“( )amthe ( ). The good shepherd ( ) for the sheep.
14 “( )am ( ) the and know my own sheep, and they know me, 15just as my Father knows me and I know the Father; and I ( ) my life for the sheep.
Choose your answer
1. Who is Jesus?
1. He is a good shepherd.
2. He is a liar.
3. He is a dangerous man.
4. He is a sheep.
2. What does this story say when the paid worker is attacked by the wolf?
1. He rescues the sheep.
2. He runs away.
3. He fights with the wolf.
4. He pretends like he is dead.
3. Why Is Jesus a good shepherd?
1. He protects, cares, and leads us to heaven.
2. He wakes up early morning and clean up the farm.
3. He is good at to cut a sheep hair out.
4. He is a very kind farm owner.
4. Why did Jesus come and is He looking for you?
1. He came to save us from our sins.
2.He came to check the health of sheep.
3. He came to help a farm
4. He came to steal the sheep.
5. The Bible tells us that we are lost like sheep. What does that mean? 6. How do you feel when you hear that Jesus “Protects,” “Cares,” and “Loves” His sheep? Does it make you want to be His sheep? 7. What is the voice of the Good Shepherd like? What is the voice of the devil like? 8. What is the typical reaction when a lost pet hears the voice of its owner? Then, how would you respond to Jesus if we are like lost sheep and we hear the voice of our Good Shepherd through the Words of the Bible? 9. Why did Jesus even give his own life (die for us)? 10. Please share your thoughts after reading John 10:11-16!
The Lost Sheep ----- Jesus searches for people who are Lost
Lost Sheep – Luke 15:1-7
1 Dishonest tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus’ sermons; 2 but this caused complaints from the Jewish religious leaders and the experts on Jewish law because he was associating with such despicable people—even eating with them!
3-4 So Jesus used this illustration: “If you had a hundred sheep and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost one until you found it? 5 And then you would joyfully carry it home on your shoulders. 6 When you arrived you would call together your friends and neighbors to rejoice with you because your lost sheep was found.
7 “Well, in the same way heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to God than over ninety-nine others who haven’t strayed away!
Words You May Not Know:
Dishonest = not honest; Tax collector = a Jew who collects taxes for the Roman government, hated by the people because they were greedy; notorious = known for something bad; Sinner = a person who did wrong actions and had wrong thoughts against God; Sermon = God’s message; Jewish religious leaders = religious leaders who opposed Jesus; the experts on Jewish law = teacher of the law of God; associating = connecting to; despicable = awful; illustration = example; strayed away = wandered away; wilderness (desert) = a very dry place where nothing will grow or live; rejoice = full of joy; Heaven = God’s home / the home God prepares for people who believe in Jesus
Jesus Searches for People who are Lost
In this story the good shepherd is Jesus. The lost sheep is a sinner who is far from God, someone who is lost. The Jewish religious leaders and teachers of the law thought God would not care about sinners who are lost – they thought that sinners and lost people are not valuable. But Jesus loves lost sheep. He is telling us, “I am someone who searches for a lost sheep until I find it.
What is Jesus telling us in this story?
1. We are all lost. You might be surprised, but on our own, humans are all lost. Why? Because on our own, we do not follow God. Sheep must follow and obey a shepherd, otherwise they will be lost. Humans must follow and obey God, otherwise we will be lost. If we do not follow God, we follow ourselves – and we cause trouble for others. We judge people the way the religious leaders judged the sinners. The Bible tells us that we need to be found by Jesus; He has a heart for lost people.
2. Jesus searches for the lost. Jesus says, “If you had a hundred sheep and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search forthe lost one until you found it?” Why would Jesus search for the lost sheet? The Bible tells us it is because Jesus made us and He loves us: “… you are precious to me and honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah. 43:4) We do not deserve to be found, but Jesus searches for us. This is the heart of God.
3. Jesus cares for the lost. The Bible tells us we are all lost. We are selfish and greedy like the notorious sinners. We are prideful and ignorant like the religious leaders. The good news is that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who comes to find us. He truly accepts, cares, loves, and guides everyone who turns from his own way and follows Jesus. He gives us a path to follow in the Bible, which is the Word of Life.
4. Jesus rejoices when He finds the lost. The Bible message is that when Jesus finds us, we must turn from our lost way (repent) and turn to Jesus’ way (believe). We begin to follow Him home. This brings Jesus real joy. He is always happy when even one person turns to Him and becomes His child.
So, Christ says, “10 I (Jesus), the Messiah have come to search for and to save such souls as his.” (Luke 19:10)
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3-4 So Jesus used this illustration: “If you had a hundred sheep and one of them strayed away and was in the wilderness, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search ( ) for until you ( ) it?
7 “Well, in the same way heaven will be happier over ( ) who returns to ( ) than over ninety-nine others who haven’t strayed away!
Choose your answer
1. What is Jesus like?
1. He only cares about nice people
2. He searches for lost people because he loves them
3. He is busy and doesn’t have much time for humans
4. He is good at making sweaters from the wool of sheep
2. Who are the lost sheep?
1. Sinners and tax collectors (we are)
3. Pharisees and the teachers of the law
4. A hunter in the forest
3. Why did Jesus Christ come to earth?
1. He just came to say “Hi” to us
2. He came to save us
3. He came to take us on a world tour
4. He came to disappoint us
4. What would be your reaction if a close friend were lost and then was found?
1. I would not care.
2. I would get angry.
3. I would be upset.
4. I would be thankful and rejoice
5. Why do you think that Jesus ate with people who were known to be sinners? Religious leaders and most people would not want to associate with such people!
6. Every person experiences “lostness” in his or her life. Perhaps it is physical, emotional or spiritual. How did you deal with it or overcome it?
7. If Christ, who is the Son of God and has never sinned, invited you to eat a dinner with Him at your local restaurant, do you think he would judge you or encourage you? What kind of questions do you think he would ask you? What would you say to Him?
8. When you come to the point in your life where you are miserable and deeply lost, do you think Christ will search for you? Do you think He could help you?
9. When sinners come to Christ and believe in him, the Bible tells us “heaven will rejoice.” What does that look like?
10. Please share your thoughts after reading Luke 15:1-7!
The Prodigal Son -----Jesus welcomes sinner to come home
The Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-32
11 To further illustrate the point, he told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 When the younger told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die!’ his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there wasted all his money on parties and prostitutes. 14 About the time his money was gone a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. 16 The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the swine looked good to him. And no one gave him anything.
17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired men have food enough and to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.”’
20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming, and was filled with loving pity and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
21 “His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and you, and am not worthy of being called your son—’
22 “But his father said to the slaves, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. And a jeweled ring for his finger; and shoes! 23 And kill the calf we have in the fattening pen. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has returned to life. He was lost and is found.’ So the party began.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working; when he returned home, he heard dance music coming from the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on.
27 “‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the calf we were fattening and has prepared a great feast to celebrate his coming home again unharmed.’
28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve worked hard for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to; and in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after spending your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the finest calf we have on the place.’
31 “‘Look, dear son,’ his father said to him, ‘you and I are very close, and everything I have is yours. 32 But it is right to celebrate. For he is your brother; and he was dead and has come back to life! He was lost and is found!’”
The Word You May Not Know
prodigal = someone who spends all he has; estate = a piece of land; wealth = large amount of money or property; prostitute = a person who earns money by performing sexual acts with other people; starve = suffer from not eating; persuade = to convince someone to do something through reasoning; pods = beans which are food for pigs; swine = pig; embrace = hug; sin = wrong actions and thoughts against God; worthy = valuable; hired man = a person paid by an owner to work; Meanwhile = during the same period of time; calf = young cow; feast = a large meal
Jesus welcomes sinner to come home
There are 3 main characters in this story of Jesus’ parable. They are the younger son, the older son, and their father.
Younger son: He was a prodigal son. He requested his share of his father’s estate (his inheritance) and his father gave it to him at an early age. Then the son took the money and went to a far-away country where he wasted everything he had.
Older son: He was a hard worker. He always followed his father’s directions. He got angry at his Father because the father forgave and welcomed his prodigal younger son back home.
Father: He was a loving father. He welcomed his younger son back even though the younger son had left him and wasted all his inheritance.
Which type of person are you most like, when you read this story? Are you most…
Like the younger son, who did not follow the rules of his parents?
Like the older son who didfollow the rules of his parents?
We are probably either like the younger son or the older son, aren’t we? Which son is more lost in your eyes? Perhaps you think the younger son, because he left his father and wasted all the money his father gave to him.
Then, which son do you think is more lost in God’s eyes?
Younger son or older son?
The answer is both are lost. Why?
The Younger son is lost because he chooses his own life himself. He goes against his father’s will. This is like many people. They are selfish and go against God’s will.
The Older son is lost because He was angry at the kindness, mercy, and love that the Father showed to the younger brother. He tries to please the father by following the rules and thinks he is better than the younger son. This is also like many people. They are self-righteous and are angry when God shows kindness to sinners.
At the end of the story, the younger son repents and comes home to his father. But the older son refuses to come in to the party. He stays outside, angry and bitter. Again, who is more lost?
This story is a parable of Jesus. Jesus always shares important truth about God when he tells a parable. In this story, we learn about God when we see the father’s reaction.
The father says, “We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has returned to life. He was lost and is found.”
This is what God says every time a person repents and turns to Him.
God considers you one of His children. He loves you and wants you to repent of your past wrong actions
like the younger son did.
He wants you to come home to Him.
When you turn from your past action and start to return
to the Father God, He finds you, forgives you, accepts you, saves you,
and gives you His eternal life. Everyone who does this will live with Jesus in heaven, where joy,
peace and love never fail.
7 “Well, in the same way heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to God than over ninety-nine others who haven’t strayed away! (Luke 15:7)
Fill in the blanks
18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, ( ) have ( ) against both heaven and ( ),
21 “His son said to him, ‘Father, ( ) have ( ) against heaven and you, and am not worthy of being called your son—’
24 for this son of mine was ( ) and has returned to ( ). He was lost and is found.’ So the party began.
Choose your answer
1. What are some wrong actions that cause people to be broken and feel miserable like younger son?
2. Why did the young man decide to go back to his father?
1. He was tired of being alone.
2. He needed more money.
3. He just wanted to bring home some souvenir from his winter vacation.
4. He realized his wrong actions and went back to ask his father’s forgiveness.
3. Is God, our father, ready to forgive our sins if we ask him to?
1. No, he is not.
2. Yes, he is, because he loves us.
4. What is God, our Father, like?
1. He has great love toward sinners.
2. He does not forgive sinners.
3. He does not exist.
4. He does not care about sinners.
5. Have you ever run away from your parents, or friends, or your home? Where did you go? What happened? 6. Were you like one of these sons in your family? How is your relationship with your parents now? 7. How did the younger son go from being lost to being found? 8. What is the point of view in this parable? What does this parable teach us about sin, true repentance, and the love of God? 9. What is the promise of God if you return to Him in repentance? Will He accept you? 10. Please share your thoughts after reading Luke 15:11-32!
Zacchaues Meets Jesus -----Not you, but Jesus is seeking you
Zacchaeus Meets Jesus – Luke 19:1-10
19 1-2 As Jesus was passing through Jericho, a man named Zacchaeus, one of the most influential Jews in the Roman tax-collecting business (and, of course, a very rich man),3 tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowds. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed into a sycamore tree beside the road, to watch from there.
5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name!“Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick! Come down! For I am going to be a guest in your home today!”
6 Zacchaeus hurriedly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.
7 But the crowds were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.
8 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “Sir, from now on I will give half my wealth to the poor, and if I find I have overcharged anyone on his taxes, I will penalize myself by giving him back four times as much!”
9-10 Jesus told him, “This shows that salvation has come to this home today. This man was one of the lost sons of Abraham, and I, the Messiah, have come to search for and to save such souls as his.”
Words you may not know:
Jericho = a city near the Jordan River and the Dead Sea; tax collector = a Jew who collects taxes for the Roman government, hated by the people because they were greedy; crowd = a large number of people gathered together; sycamore tree = a tree of the fig and mulberry family that bears an edible fruit; displeased = not pleased / not welcome; notorious = known for something bad; sinner = one who does wrong actions and has wrong thoughts toward God; grumble = to complain; penalize = to give a penalty or to punish; salvation – God saves us from our sin’s penalty and gives us eternal life. Believe in Jesus and you will be saved; Abraham – Father and ancestor of the Hebrew nation
Not you, but Jesus is seeking you
This is the story of Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector for the Romans. Jewish people hated him because he stole their money. One day Zacchaeus met Jesus, and Jesus invited Zacchaeus to dine with him. Meeting Jesus changed Zacchaeus’s life. His heart was transformed! Before he had loved money and stole; now he decided to pay back four times the money he had stolen! Jesus said about Zacchaeus, “I, the Messiah, have come to search for and to save such souls as his.” (v. 10) This story can teach us three lessons for today:
Jesus is seeking you: Jesus is the Holy God. He could ignore and reject sinners like Zacchaeus, like you and me. But that is not what Jesus does. He seeks sinners by name. In the story, Jesus seeks Zacchaeus by name. And He is seeking you today.
5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name! “Zacchaeus!”he said.“Quick! Come down! For I am going to be a guest in your home today!” (v. 5)
Jesus can change your heart: Before Zacchaeus met Jesus, he did what he wanted. But after Zacchaeus met Jesus, he did what God wanted. Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said,
“Sir, from now on I will give half my wealth to the poor, and if I find I have overcharged anyone on his taxes, I will penalize myself by giving him back four times as much!” (v. 8)
Christ Jesus can use the light of the Bible to shine on your heart and show you your fault (sin).
13 But when you expose them, the light (Jesus) shines in upon their sin and shows it up, and when they see how wrong they really are, some of them may even become children of light! (Ephesians 5:13)
Then, when you start to repent of your sins and start to follow Christ, the power of God’s (Jesus) Spirit can transform you into new person.
17 When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Zacchaeus became a brand new person through Jesus! The greedy tax collector became a generous giver, especially to the poor. Do you believe that Christ can transform your life, too?
Jesus can save you. 9-10 Jesus told him, “This shows that salvation has come to this home today. This man was one of the lost sons of Abraham, and I, the Messiah, have come to search for and to save such souls as his.”
17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it. (John 3:17)
This is the purpose of God. The Bible tells us that this is why Jesus came to our world. The Son of Man did not come to judge people, but he came to find lost people like Zacchaeus, sinners – people far away from God – and save them. And that’s what He can do for you today.
16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Sonso that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Fill in the blanks
9-10 Jesus told him, “This shows that ( ) has come to this home today. This man was one of the lost sons of Abraham, and I, the Messiah, have come to ( ) for and to ( ) such souls as his.”
Choose your answer
1. Does Christ welcome us like He did for Zacchaeus?
2. How did Zacchaeus accept Christ as his savior?
1. He accepted Jesus joyfully.
2. He accepted Jesus sadly.
3. He accepted Jesus with disappointment.
4. He accepted Jesus fearfully.
3. Why did Zacchaeus accept Christ as his savior?
1. He met Christ, the Savior, who could change his heart and save him from eternal judgment.
2. He just wanted be famous like Jesus.
3. He just wanted to have a bigger business network.
4. He just wanted to have a fun friend.
4. Why did Christ come to our world?
1. He came to save us from eternal judgment because of our sinful mind and actions.
2. He came to invite us to play tennis together.
3. He came to take us on a tour of downtown Chicago.
4. He came to have a cup of coffee with us.
5. Who is the most famous person you have ever seen close up? Share with others, what happened? 6. What would be your reaction if Christ stopped you and said, “I will dine with you tonight” like he did for Zacchaeus? 7. Why do you think Christ wants to spend time with you? 8. What changed Zacchaeus from greedy to generous? 9. Do you think that Christ can change your heart like he did for Zacchaeus? Which part of you would be transformed? 10. Please share your thoughts after reading Luke 19:1-10!
I am the way, and the truth, and the life -----Jesus is only way to heaven
I am the way, and the truth, and the life – John 14:1-7
14 “Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me. 2-3 There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I am. If this weren’t so, I would tell you plainly. 4 And you know where I am going and how to get there.”
5 “No, we don’t,” Thomas said. “We haven’t any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus told him, “I am the Way—yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me. 7 If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you know him—and have seen him!”
The Word You May Not Know
Jesus = Son of God; Trust = Believing in Jesus with faith
Jesus Is the Only Way to Heaven
We human beings are easily troubled. We know the phrase: “Life is not easy.” We hope that as we live, our life will get better and easier, but it often becomes more complicated and difficult. Sometimes we face terrible situations like …
The disciples in this story were troubled, just like we are! They were sad and upset because Jesus told them, “God’s plan is for me to leave you and leave this world.” This seemed like terrible news! Christ had been everything for them. He healed sick people, provided Godly teaching, even showed power to control nature and stop storms. Their lives were 100% dependent on Christ. They were so afraid to lose him.
What did these worried disciples need to hear? The word of Christ that spoke straight to their hearts.
Jesus said to them, “Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me.” Christ has this same message for us: “When you are worried, trust in me (Jesus)!”
So, I am sure that this question arises in your heart:
Why can I trust you, Jesus?
Christ, the Word of God, gives you this answer:
2-3 There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I am.
What does this mean?
Christ is God. He knows more than you that life on this earth is not easy. He knows you get worried and you have troubles. Therefore, Christ left the earth to go to heaven where He is preparing a place for people who put their faith in Him. In heaven there is no more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain. It is a place of eternal joy, love and peace. (Revelation 21:3-4)
Then, how can you get to heaven, where Christ is preparing a place for people?
He says to you, “I am the way and the truth, and the life.”
Believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior will let us go to heaven. Christ tells us “the only way to the Father in heaven is through me.” So, today the Bible says to you: “repent of your sins, believe in Christ, and trust in Jesus!”
Christ says to you, “Trust in me!”
Fill in the blanks
14 “Let not your ( ) be troubled. You are ( ) God, now ( ) in me.
2-3 There are many homes up there where my ( ) lives, and I am going to ( ) them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and ( ) you, so that you can always be with me where I am. If this weren’t so, I would tell you plainly.
6 Jesus told him, “I am the ( ) —yes, and the ( ) and the ( ). No one can get to the Father except by means of me.
Choose your answer
1. Have you ever seen any incident that made one of your friends feel troubled? What were they?
1. A terrible car accident happened to my friends.
2. My friend’s father or mother or sibling died from illness.
3. Financial problems
( ) etc…
2. What were some ways you were able to encourage your friend who had some trouble?
1. I was able to say some kind words.
2. I was able to listen to her or his struggles.
3. I cried with my friend together.
4. I gave some gifts to my friend.
5. ( ) etc…
3. What important message does Christ leave for you?
1. “Listen to the advice from your parents.”
2. “Do good deeds”
3. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me.”
4. “Pray hard every day”
4. What is the great news for you?
1. Jesus will prepare your place in heaven.
2. Jesus will take you to have a cup of coffee.
3. Jesus will take you on a tour in Israel.
4. Jesus will give you a lot of money.
5. How can you go to the place where Christ is, in heaven?
1. Trust in God, and trust in Jesus
2. Help the poor
3. Having a good Christian friend
4. Read the Bible every day
6. How are you encouraged and strengthened from the Bible today? Now, how will you comfort your troubled friends? 7. How can you go to heaven where God is? Is there any sin in your life that needs to be confessed to Jesus? 8. How can you trust in Jesus more? 9. Are you ready for Christ Jesus to return to get you? 10. Please share your thoughts after reading John 14:1-7!
Crucifixion -----Jesus died for our sins
Crucifixion Luke 23:32 – 47
32-33 Two others, criminals, were led out to be executed with him at a place called “The Skull.” There all three were crucified—Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side. 34 “Father, forgive these people,” Jesus said, “for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothing, throwing dice for each piece. 35 The crowd watched. And the Jewish leaders laughed and scoffed. “He was so good at helping others,” they said, “let’s see him save himself if he is really God’s Chosen One, the Messiah.” 36 The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink—of sour wine. 37 And they called to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 A signboard was nailed to the cross above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”
39 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” 40-41 But the other criminal protested. “Don’t you even fear God when you are dying? We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn’t done one thing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” 43 And Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in Paradise. This is a solemn promise.”
44 By now it was noon, and darkness fell across the whole land for three hours, until three o’clock. 45 The light from the sun was gone—and suddenly the thick veil hanging in the Temple split apart. 46 Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I commit my spirit to you,” and with those words he died. 47 When the captain of the Roman military unit handling the executions saw what had happened, he was stricken with awe before God and said, “Surely this man was innocent.”
The Word You May Not Know
Execute=to put todeath;The Skull=the name of the place where Jesus was killed;crucified= to execute by nailing on a cross;Cross= a object on which Jesus was killed;criminal= a person who is guilty of crime; gamble= to bet money;dice=small cubes that have numbers or signs; crowd= a large number of people;Jewish=people of Jews;scoff = to show no respect; Messiah=Jesus, savior;mocked= to laugh at somebody in an unkind way;Jews= people of Jewish;prove=to show to be true;deserve=to have a right to something; deeds= bad or good actions;protest= people protest to change the situation;kingdom= the place of God;paradise=heaven;Solemnn=serious, sure; darkness=no light;veil= curtain;commit= to dedicate; stricken (strike)=to hit;awe= feeling of respect;innocent=free from guilt and blame
Jesus Dies for Our Sins
47 When the captain of the Roman military unit handling the executions saw what had happened, he was stricken with awe before God and said, “Surely this man was innocent.” Clearly Jesus did not die on the cross for his own sins.
He was innocent. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Then why did Jesus die on the cross?
1. Because He is love.
34 “Father, forgive these people,” Jesus said, “for they don’t know what they are doing.”
“Forgive” – Jesus spoke this word to the Jews who nailed him to the cross. Jesus shows us the LOVE that is in God’s heart, even for sinners. His love is eternal and never fails.
2. Because He carries your shame, sufferings and wounds.
And the Jewish leaders laughed and scoffed. “He was so good at helping others,” they said, “let’s see him save himself if he is really God’s Chosen One, the Messiah.” 36 The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink—of sour wine. 37 And they called to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 A signboard was nailed to the cross above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”
We are sinners – we deserve to die. Jesus never sinned – he didn’t deserve to die. But at the cross, Jesus chose to switch places with us. Jesus took our shame, sufferings and wounds on Himself. He takes our sin and offers us His righteousness. By His wounds we have been healed! (1 Peter 2:23-24)
3. Because He gets you to realize your sins deserve eternal death.
40-41 But the other criminal protested. “Don’t you even fear God when you are dying? We deserve to die for our evil deeds.
By our human standards, most people are nice. People look “good.” But if we use God’s standard, we see that no one is “good.” We all fall short of God’s requirements. We are sinners. And sinners deserve to die. How do we know that? Because Jesus had to die to pay for our sins. Only death can pay the penalty. Now we have a choice: either pay for our own sins or trust Jesus to pay for them for us.
4. Because He can forgive you, when you repent of your sins and trust on Jesus.
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” The criminal says, “remember me!” 43 And Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.
When you ask God for His forgiveness and trust in Jesus with your whole heart, God will forgive you. This is why Jesus said to the criminal: 43 … “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
5. Because He can save and lead you to heaven!
43And Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” When you open your heart to Jesus completely, he will give you a new heart and make you part of God’s family. You will have a certain home in paradise. Paradise is the place of perfect peace, beauty and joy – because paradise is where Jesus is.
Jesus went to the cross and died so we would not have to: He took our death so we can have His life. Without Jesus every person will die for his or her sin. But Jesus came and died in our place: He saves us from death if we believe in Him.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17)
Fill in the blanks
1434 “Father, ( ) these people,” Jesus said, “for they don’t know what they are doing.”
40-41 But the other criminal protested. “Don’t you even ( ) God when you are dying? We deserve to die for our ( ) , but this man hasn’t done ( ) thing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, ( ) me when you come into your Kingdom.”
43 And Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in ( ).
46 Then ( ) shouted, “Father, I commit my spirit to you,” and with those words he died.47 When the captain of the Roman military unit handling the executions saw what had happened, he was stricken with awe before God and said, “Surely this man was ( ).”
Choose your answer
1. He died on the cross for your and my sins?
One of the Roman soldiers
2. Where did Jesus die?
At the hospital
On the cross
On the road
At Peter’s house
3. What did Jesus say to the people who hung him on the cross?
“Father, curse them!”
“Father, hand them on the cross”
“Father, give them a terrible life”
“Father, forgive these people,” Jesus said, “for they don’t know what they are doing.”
4. What did the officer and soldiers say when Jesus died on the cross?
1. “He was really not the Son of God!”
2. “He was really the Son of God!”
3. “He was really a good man!”
4. “He was really an awful leader”
5. Do you think that you are a good person or a sinner when you read this section of the Bible? (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Galatians 5:19-21) 6. In what ways are we all like the criminals on the cross through the eyes of a Holy and Righteous God? 7. What is the attitude difference between the first and the second thieves on the cross next to Jesus? 8. What request did the second thief make to Jesus? And how did Jesus respond? 9. What is the promise of Jesus when we confess our sins, repent, and put our faith in Him? 10. Please share your thoughts after reading Luke 23:32 – 47!
Empty tombs -----Jesus is risen
Empty Tomb – Luke 24:1-53
24 But very early on Sunday morning they took the ointments to the tomb— 2 and found that the huge stone covering the entrance had been rolled aside. 3 So they went in—but the Lord Jesus’ body was gone.
4 They stood there puzzled, trying to think what could have happened to it. Suddenly two men appeared before them, clothed in shining robes so bright their eyes were dazzled. 5 The women were terrified and bowed low before them. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking in a tomb for someone who is alive? 6-7 He isn’t here! He has come back to life again! Don’t you remember what he told you back in Galilee—that the Messiah must be betrayed into the power of evil men and be crucified and that he would rise again the third day?”
“After Jesus was raised, shortly before He went to
heaven, Jesus appeared among many people, including His friends.
At first His friends did not recognize Jesus, so He
showed them the wounds in His hands, made
by the cross. Then Jesus opened his friends’ minds.
Finally they were able to recognize the risen Jesus.”
(this section is a summary of verses 8-45)
46 And he (Jesus) said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah must suffer and die and rise again from the dead on the third day; 47 and that this message of salvation should be taken from Jerusalem to all the nations: There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to me.48 You have seen these prophecies come true. 49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit upon you, just as my Father promised. Don’t begin telling others yet—stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fillsyou with power from heaven.” 50 Then Jesus led them out along the road to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them,51 and then began rising into the sky, and went on to heaven. 52 And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem filled with mighty joy, 53 and were continually in the Temple, praising God.
Words You May Not Know
ointments = perfumed oil which is used for religious ceremonies or at someone’s death; tomb = a place where a dead body is buried; roll = to move by turning over; puzzled = confused; robe = a loose fitting cloth; dazzle = being made almost blind by strong light; Galilee = the general area of north Palestine in New Testament times; Messiah = savior, Jesus; crucified (crucify) = to kill criminals on a cross, a form of execution done by Romans in New Testament times; betray = to hurt someone by exposing information about them to others; evil = moral and spiritual corruption, hostility to God; suffer = to experience pain, loss, and/or sickness; rise = to get up, Jesus is risen; salvation = When you confess your sin to Jesus, He will wash you clean and give you eternal life; Jerusalem = the name of a city in Israel, the most important city of the Bible; nations = countries; forgiveness = free from guilt, blame, debt; sins = your wrong thoughts and actions against God; prophecies (prophecy) = statements by a prophet who speaks for God; promise: God’s commitments to us that can never be broken; Holy Spirit = the Spirit of God; Heaven = the place of no more pain, suffering, or tears; the place where Jesus is; Bethany = a small village east of Jerusalem; worship = to serve, to honor, to praise; Temple = a place for worshiping God; praise = honoring God
He Is Risen
On Friday Christ died on the cross. (Luke 23:32-46) Then, on the same day, in the evening, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Jewish Supreme Court, took down the body from the cross and wrapped it in a linen cloth and took it into an unused tomb. Some women from Galilee who loved Jesus learned where the body was. They bought some spices and ointments because they wanted to rub them on Jesus’ body for burial. But they were not able to prepare the ointments before the Sabbath started. (Luke 23:50-55)
In Jewish law, the Sabbath (Saturday) is a holy day when people have to rest. So the women followed the law and waited to go and put the ointments on Jesus’ body. (Luke 23:56)
Finally Sunday came, so the women left early in the morning to go to the tomb where Jesus had been laid and put the ointments on Him. When they arrived at the tomb, the heavy stone which had covered the entrance had been rolled over to the side. They went into the tomb but they were not able to find the body of Jesus. They were confused but angels from God appeared to them in the tomb and told them…
6-7 He isn’t here! He has come back to life again!
Jesus is RISEN!
Jesus is not dead anymore. Jesus is resurrected!
This is great news for you and for me!
Why is the resurrection of Jesus GREAT NEWS for us?
Christ wins over all the suffering that human beings could possibly experience! Jesus knows our suffering because He suffered on the cross for us, but Jesus was not defeated. He triumphed over it! Therefore, even though we suffer in this fallen, broken world, we can triumph when we live through Jesus! People who believe in Jesus can have hope: no matter what tragedies may happen to us, we will always have final victory. (1 Peter 4:1) The power of God who raised Jesus will be yours when you believe in Jesus.
Christ wins over the penalty of your sins! Christ not only bore past sins but also future sins. You can be washed clean forever because sin has been paid for forever. Jesus’ resurrection means He finished the payment and “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) You will be righteous before God when you believe in Jesus.
Christ wins over the power of death! Everyone dies – but Jesus came back after death! On our own we cannot do that! On our own, we fear death; it is stronger than we are. But Jesus is stronger than death. If we believe in Jesus, He gives us His victory over death! When we die, we will rise again like He did. And we will go to be with Jesus. That means we will go to heaven because Christ is risen and still lives in heaven! We will live with Jesus in heaven FOREVER! (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Our ultimate hope comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ! We rejoice in His victory! Because Christ defeated death, we will lift His name high. We don’t worship a god who is dead; we worship a Lord who is living: Jesus, the living God! Hallelujah; Christ is Risen!
The Passage Continues…
49 “And now I will send the Holy Spiritupon you, just as my Father promised.
Christ is giving the Holy Spirit to people who follow Jesus Christ so that those people can be Christ’s witnesses. Christians are given power through the Spirit to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Then others will hear this GREAT NEWS about Jesus Christ.
47 and that this message of salvation should be taken from Jerusalem to all the nations: There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to me. 48 You have seen these prophecies come true.
Today we see this verse coming true: the church of Jesus Christ is planted everywhere in the world. The power of the Holy Spirit never fails and the promises of God stand firm forever.
This means we can always believe what the Bible says:
16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Sonso that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Fill in the blanks
3 So they went in—but the Lord ( ) was gone.
5 The women were terrified and bowed low before them. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking in a tomb for someone who is ( ) ? 6-7 He isn’t here! He has again!
6-7 He isn’t here! He has ( ) again! Don’t you remember what he told you back in Galilee—that the Messiah must be betrayed into the power of evil men and be ( ) and that he would ( ) ?”
46 And he (Jesus) said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah
must ( ) from the ( );
47 and that this message of ( ) should be taken from Jerusalem to all the ( ): There is forgiveness of ( ) for all who turn to me.
49 “And now I will send ( ) the upon you, just as my Father promised. Don’t begin telling others yet—stay here in the city until the ( ) comes and ( ) with power from heaven.”
Choose your answer
Where was Jesus’ body buried?
Buried under the cross
Buried in the tomb
Buried in a graveyard
Left as it was on the cross
Did the women find the dead body of Jesus in the tomb when they brought ointment for the body?
No, they did not find the body of Jesus.
Yes, they found the body of Jesus.
What did the angel of the Lord tell the women about the body of Jesus?
He told them that it was thrown in the river.
He told them that the body of Jesus was moved out and put under the temple of Jerusalem
He told them that it was burned completely.
He told them that Jesus is not dead anymore, He is risen and alive!
When Christ was raised to heaven, what did He promise would come to all who believe in Him so that they would have power to obey Him?
Special water from heaven!
The Holy Spirit from heaven!
Gold powder from heaven!
His messages from the sky!
When you are discouraged by your health, finances, or circumstances of life, what do you do?
Jesus’ death and resurrection pay the penalty for sin, defeat the powers of darkness and provide eternal life to all who believe in Him. What does this mean to you?
If Jesus Christ is stronger than death, do you think He is powerful enough to help you when you are suffering in this life?
Are you afraid of death? Do you think that people who believe in Jesus are afraid of death? What does Jesus promise to all who believe in Him about eternal life?
What is keeping you from believing in Jesus right now?
Please share your thoughts after reading Luke 24:1-53!