C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON For December 8, 2019. That the Scriptures Must be Fulfilled. UNIT III: THE SCRIPTURES WILL BE FULFILLED.
C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON.
That the Scriptures Must be Fulfilled.
UNIT III: THE SCRIPTURES WILL BE FULFILLED.
DATE: December 8th, 2019.
THE APPEARING OF THE LION OF JUDAH
Jesus is coming as the Lion of the tribe of Judah to catch up His saints, and reign with them. It would be great sorrow for all who refuse Him here and now.
So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation
So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many… Just as man usually dies once, Christ was offered to die and bear our sins once. He did not die for His own sins, but to bear the sins of many. He did not die for angels, but for men. Christ did not come to die and then leave salvation up to the fallen sinner’s choice. Rather, He came to save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21). He came to lay down His life for His sheep (John 10:11,14,15). Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her (Eph. 5:25). He was offered once to bear the sins of many (Héb. 9:28, cf. Isa. 53:12). He will not fail in His purpose to save all that the Father gave Him (John 6:37-40). His sacrifice on the cross put away all of our sins, once and for all.
Christ’s second coming will not be with reference to sin, since that issue was completely fixed at His first coming. Rather, He will appear for salvation for those who eagerly await Him. There are three tenses to our salvation: (1) Past, we were saved at the moment we trusted in Christ. (2) Presently, we are being saved as God works His holiness into our daily lives. (3) And, in the future, when Christ comes will shall be saved completely and finally. When He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is (1 John 3:2). He is going to appear the second time for those who eagerly wait for Him. Are you waiting to receive Him? Don’t be left out!
DEVOTIONAL BIBLE READINGS FOR WEEK ONE
Mon. 2: Christ will Surely Come (Matt. 25:31)
Tue. 3: Christ shall Gather and Separate (Matt. 25:32)
Wed. 4: Consider Your End, Right or Left? (Matt. 25:33)
Thur. 5: Crave God’s Favorable Response (Matt. 25:34-40)
Fri. 6: Choose not “Depart from Me” (Matt. 25:41-45)
Sat. 7: Choose! Eternal Life or Punishment? (Matt. 25:46)
1. If the anticipation regarding Christ’s first coming weren’t disappointed, be sure His second advent would be fulfilled at the fullest of time.
2. When Christ comes again, we can look forward to salvation, not to judgment for those who patiently and eagerly wait for Him in holiness and lowliness of heart.
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Revelation 22:11-14
AIM AND OBJECTIVES
AIM: To let the learner know that Christ has firstly come to fulfill the purpose of saving the humanity from sin and Satan, and will surely come back for salvation and judgment.
OBJECTIVES: At the time this lesson is completed, the learners should be able to know that:
i. Christ’s first coming was to save us from sin as inherited from our fallen parents (Adam and Eve).
ii. Christ died once for us to be saved and would never die again;
iii. His second coming will not be for forgiveness of sin but to completely perfect our salvation eternally: and
iv. His second coming would be dangerous for those who are not on His own side.
TEXTUAL SOURCE: 1 THESSALONIANS 4:16-18; 5:1-11; REVELATION 20:1-15; 21:1-27
Itvis marvelous the way God has been dishing out His Word to us in the past units and lessons of this Sunday School series, and how we are getting deeper in Him and His Word. Glory be to Him, forever.
The previous lesson, the tenth in the series, is tagged, ISRAEL, TOWARDS THE END. We have seen that God would gather the people He has chosen, Israel, from four corners of the earth, and deliver them from their neighbouring countries — their enemies. This means that the chosen ones (the physical Israel, and the spiritual ones that He adopted by grace and mercy) shall be delivered from Satan and his cohorts, and from eternal destruction.
Here, we come to the eleventh lesson in this series, tagged, THE APPEARING OF THE LION OF JUDAH. It is aimed at reaffirming the fact that Jesus is coming back again. The rapture would be the first thing to happen. Rapture is the name given to the occasion when Jesus calls His bride home. This event is not the same as the Second Coming of Jesus, which takes place at the end of the Great Tribulation.
Jesus has earlier come on this earth, like a shepherd looking for, and tending the lost sheep (Matt. 2:6),but by the time He would come again, He would come as the Lion of Judah, furious to destroy the devil, his works and his followers (Rev. 19:11-16). Where will you be, then? When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory (Col. 3:4). Though Jesus, who is our life, shall we gain eternal life. Remember: no Jesus, no Eternal life.
May we be rapturable in Jesus’ name. Amen.
INTRODUCTION TO EACH DIVISION
This lesson is a one-week lesson and it is divided into two parts, A and B.
DIVISION I: THE APPEARING OF THE LION OF JUDAH
This is the only division in this lesson. It calls our attention to the appearing of our Lord Jesus, this time around, as a lion of Judah. His fury would be on those who do not accept His as their Lord and personal saviour. He is coming to take the saints to be with Himself and to reign with them. Anyone who does not accept Him is doomed already.
I. THE APPEARING OF THE LION OF JUDAH
A. COMING TO CATCH UP THE SAINTS
B. COMING TO REIGN WITH THE SAINTS
I. THE APPEARING OF THE LION OF JUDAH (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 5:1-11; Revelation 20:1-15; 21:1-27)
Jesus is a lion of the tribe of Judah. He came during His first advent not as a lion but as Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world. He was sacrificial. However, His second advent would not be like the first. He is going to show full vigour. He would appear as Lion and demonstrate judgment to those who deserve it. It is believed that you are billed for salvation, not judgment. May God help you.
A. COMING TO CATCH UP THE SAINTS (1 Thess. 4:16-18; 5:1-11)
God the Lord Himself will descend from heaven… And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord (vv. 16, 17).
i. 5:1,2: Jesus promised to return for His own (Jn. 14:3), but the hour is not know to anyone, not even angels, except God (Matt. 13:32-37). Paul reminds that the day of the Lord would come as a thief in the night (cf. Rev. 3:3; 16:16). Only the righteous will see Him (1 Jn. 3:1-3). Don’t be careless! In due time, this prophecy would be fulfilled; others had been fulfilled.
ii. 4:16: For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven… This is a big event at the end of this world. Christ would come to catch up with the saints to Himself. Would these worldly things cause you to forget this prophecy, and miss Him?
iii. v. 16d: And the dead in Christ will rise first (cf. 1 Cor. 15:51-54). Those who have truly and fully accepted the lordship of Christ and remained faithful to Him, who would have fallen asleep (died) before Christ’s return, would all be raised to life when He comes, in fulfillment of Isa. 25:8 and 1 Cor. 15:54,55.
iv. v. 17a: Then we who are alive and remain… Some Christians would be alive at Christ’s return. The righteous dead and the living at Christ’s return would have something in common: “Transfiguration” in a twinkling of an eye, to catch up with Christ in the sky (1 Cor. 15:52).
v. 5:3: Christ’s coming would be terrible for the unrighteous. They would be left behind at rapture — the foolish virgins (Matt. 25:1-13). There would be no place for the workers of iniquity to hide from the burning heat that shall consume the wicked (v. 3c; Job 34:22; Psa. 36:12; Pro. 10:29).
vi. vv. 4-11: Christiana should therefore be watchful and prayerful. Also, this is enough comfort for us, regardless of what we are going through now, or that we might go through, later (cf. 4:18; Rom. 8:35ff).
vi. It will be inescapable destruction: The ungodly, unrighteous and unbelievers shall not escape. There will be no escape route for the workers of iniquity (Job34:22; Ps. 36:12; Pro. 10:29). There shall be no hiding place from the storm and the burning heat that shall consume the wicked. The righteous shall be caught with Christ.
B. COMING TO REIGN WITH THE SAINTS (Rev. 20:1-15; 21:1-27)
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years (Rev. 20:6).
i. 20:1-4: The wedding feast of Jesus (the Lamb) and His bride (the raptured ones) would follow the rapture, in air (19:7-9). Then, Jesus would return to earth with the raptured believers and the angels of heaven, to defeat the beast and his armies (19:11ff)(the Second Coming).
ii. v. 4: Then believers and the martyrs (those saved with their own blood during the tribulation) shall reign with Christ for 1000 years (cf. 15:2), after Satan would have been bound in the bottomless pit (prison) (20:1-3). This Millennial Reign would be full of peace, as Jesus shall rule over the whole earth from Jerusalem (cf. Isa. 65:20-25).
iii. vv. 11-15: The Great White Throne Judgement will occur after the Millennial Reign. It would involve all unsaved people who refused to accept the gift of God in Christ while alive (cf. Jn. 5:24-29).
iv. Nobody in the first resurrection will be lost, but none in the second will be saved. Better to be in Christ and be connected to Him forever, lest one is lost and would partake of the tribulation and eternal death.
v. 21:3: After the casting of the devil and his wicked collaborators into the horrible lake of fire and sulphur (14:9-11), the eternal Kingdom of God would come where He would reign amidst the saints eternally. Whoever misses that would have himself to blame eternally.
vi. If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me (Luke 9:23). It is much better and wise for you to give up your own selfish tendency, and deny yourself, in order to be acceptable unto the Lion of Judah. The righteous shall shine like the sun in the kingdom of Christ.
1. The prophecy about the rapture is for the saints. It would surely happen. You can’t be neutral. Key into it by accepting Jesus Christ.
2. He who misses eternity with Christ cannot miss eternity in hell. Don’t let that be your story. Accept Jesus, NOW!
1. More churches are talking less about the imminent rapture of the Saints and return or our Lord. What can be responsible for this? Proffer solution.
2. How can we fulfill Heb. 12:1 in order not to miss the rapture?
3. It is better to be born twice, and die once, than to be born once and die twice. Discuss.
SUGGESTED ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
ANSWER TO QUESTION 1:
i. Yes many churches are talking less about the rapture
ii. These are some of the factors that can be responsible:
iii. Lack of assurance
iv. Lack of faith in Christ
v. Lack of understanding of the scripture and low knowledge of the fulfillment of scriptures-past, present and future.
vi. Many church leaders are comfortable here
vii. Many churches and their leaders are not genuine
viii. Some are captivated by the by the mundane things
ix. Some are already in error and deceit.
x. Some have slept off like the ten virgins in Jesus’ parable.
i. Many churches and their leaders would have to wake up from their sleeping and slumbering.
ii. We have error and falsehood to combat now.
iii. We have to defend the faith from the hand of the scoffers, like Peter did in his days (2 Pet. 3:1ff).
iv. We need assurance that the resurrection of the saints is near and certain because Christ resurrected.
v. We need understanding about the glory and beauty of the eternal city which is incomparable to the earthly cities.
vi. We need to combat fake preachers and teachers.
vii. We need to be resolute about the second coming of Jesus as we do not have an enduring city here on earth (Heb. 11:9, 10).
ANSWER TO QUESTION 2:
i. The Great Cloud of Witness. The “great cloud of witness” are listed in Hebrews 11. They are the faithful believers in the Old Testament who were looking forward to the coming of the Suffering Servant of the LORD, the Messiah. These believers who have gone to heaven know that Christ’s sacrifice has been made, and their spirits rest in perfect fulfillment, awaiting the resurrection of their bodies.
ii. Take off the extra Weight and Sin. The writer of Hebrews uses the analogy of footrace. The runner removed all “bulk or mass” of hindrances in order to run more efficiently. It is our responsibility to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance, the race that is set before us… (ESV). We get so easily entangled with the world affairs. These are the vulnerable, weak areas where Satan constantly tempts us. These hindrances may not be sinful in themselves, but they prevent us from making progress in our Christian lives.
iii. Keep your eyes on Jesus. The solution to removing the wwwsa of life is to focus on Jesus. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we remove every weight, and sin which clings to us. Jesus is the “author and perfecter of faith” who has blazed the trials before us and completed the course.
ANSWER TO QUESTION 3:
Born Once – Die Twice
i. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). There are several states referred to as “death” in the Bible. There is “physical death”. When somebody is dead, it means physical death. The Bible points out that the physical body is dead when the spirit separates from it (James 2:26).
ii. There is also “spiritual death”. This is the state that describes sinners who are separated from God by their sins (Ephesians 2:1;12). It was in this sense that Adam and Eve died in that very day they disobeyed God. They died spiritually, and also became subject to physical death.
iii. Finally, there is the eternal death known as “second death”. This is the eternal state of alienation from God described in Revelation 20:11-15; the “lake of fire”. There is much we do no know about this last state mentioned, but we know that it would be the worst tragedy to suffer such a plight. There are many passages which describe the “second death” (Revelation 21:8; 20:10; 14:9-11; Mark 9:42-48; Matthew 25:30,41,46; 22:13).
Born Twice – Die Once
i. Read John 3:3,5,7; 6:47, All these passages reiterate the issue of born again also known as The second birth.
ii. What is second birth, or born again?
iii. To understand what is means to be born again, one must understand that there are TWO BIRTHS; the “first” birth is the PHYSICAL BIRTH when you are born into THIS WORLD to your mother and father.
iv. The second “birth” is the SPIRITUAL BIRTH, which means to be born of God’s Holy Spirit.
v. The only way to avoid both the second death and spiritual death is to be born the second time. Jesus said that there are two necessary parts in being “born again”. He referred to is as “being born of the water and the Spirit”.
vi. We are saved when we repent of our sins/unbelief and we believe the Gospel that Jesus DIED, was BURIED and RAISED up three days later. When you do that, you will only die ONCE but live ETERNALLY with God.
In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), Jesus shows us clearly that not all believers will be raised up in the rapture. The “fool” would definitely be left behind. They would be separated from the wise. Who are these fools? That is, foolish believers. They are the believers who do not have their lives hidden, with Christ in God. Although, they appear outwardly as good Christians, yet they are still living in sins in the secret. They are the ones the Bible refers to as having the form of godliness but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5, Revelation 3:1-3). Friend, think twice about where you belong. Are you among the wise or the fools?
This is the end of lesson eleven, by the grace of God. Dear reader, remember that Jesus says to His disciples, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also… John 14:3-4. This means there is a way to go. This way leads those who walk in it to be together with Christ eternally. They are referred to as the people of the Way. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes… And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God. Revelation 14:4-5. They are the ones who, by God’s grace, have walked in Jesus’ steps. They have done what is right and good, and have become why that are called to be: a light and salt in the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Strive to be caught up with Christ and finally reign with Him in His government. Receive the grace to do so in Jesus’ name, Amen.