THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 91ST EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIRLOCALCHURCHAND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: JESUS TESTIFIES TO THE TRUTH
Printed Text: John 18:28-37
Key Verse: John 18:37 (KJV)
Pilate therefore said unto him, art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Amid the good and bad things that happen to us, we wonder what our real purpose in life is. Why are we here, and what is our purpose? Even after His betrayal, arrest and inquisition by Pilate, Jesus was clear that His purpose was to testify to the truth of God’s love.
The trial of Jesus by Pilate was the Jews’ way of bringing their plans of killing Jesus to completion. Much as been written about how illegitimate it was and how wrong it was. However, if one views it from Jesus’ perspective he or she would come to see the plan of salvation being unfolded. It may be difficult to comprehend all that the trial by Pilate reveals, but the most important concept that one should grasp from the scenario is that just our knowing our purposes in life is not all that God expects of us. God expects us to live out our purposes so that others can benefit from them. Jesus said, “For this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth” (John 18:37).
Father, in the name of Jesus, we thank You for revealing to us how to come to know our purposes in life. We pray that after coming to know our purposes, You would give us the resolve to live them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen