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 THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: THE LIVING WORD
Printed Text: John 20:1-10, 19-20
Key Verse: John 20:20 (NIV)
After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2011
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People have always wondered about what happens to our human spirits after physical death. Is there life after death? Jesus’ followers were confused when His body was missing, but when the resurrected Jesus appeared to them, they rejoiced.
Life today is much like it was during biblical times, as presented in the gospel of John. The struggles of today are nothing new; however, we should not even compare our situations to theirs. The people of that day faced far greater trials and struggles than do people inAmericatoday.
Jesus was the Messiah the people were longing for, but because of their lack of faith in His teachings, even His closest followers did not understand the significance of His death and burial, and failed to even grasp the fact of His resurrection. The story of the resurrection of Christ presented in John’s gospel is God’s way of revealing to us today that if we (through faith) can believe that Jesus is alive today, then we can also experience the dawn of a new day.
Dear God, we know that You love us and care for us even when we fail to trust Your Word. We ask that You continue to be faithful to Your Word by giving us what we need rather than what we want. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
BELIEVE – To have faith.