Who is Jesus- Jesus is Coming Back

Series: Who is Jesus

Theme: Jesus, The Coming King

Lesson Number 4 of 4

Memory verse: REVELATION 1:7; Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him.

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Can you remember a time when someone you loved, maybe a parent or a good friend, went away for a long time? You missed them while they were away and then when you knew it was time for them to come back, you were excited and you watched anxiously waiting for them. You could hardly wait to tell them about things they missed and you just wanted to give them the biggest hug ever.
If you know that this person is coming back soon, what do you do to get ready for them? (Have a discussion regarding this. For example, if it is a parent, they might have left you some instructions about what you were to do while they were gone. Ie. Make sure to cut the grass, put out the garbage, feed the dog or tidy the house or do your school homework.) (How would this affect the way you anticipate the return?)
Jesus told a parable in Matthew 25:14-30; Read this from the Bible. The master gave each of his servants some responsibility to take care of while he was gone? Did they do what the master expected? Did he bring back a reward for those who deserved a reward? Were the servants expecting the master when he came? How is this story like having your parents going away for a period of time? Did they leave instructions? While they were gone, did you know the instructions? Did you get busy doing what they asked or did you say to yourself, “They will be gone for a long time so there is no hurry to do what they asked.” Did they come back before you were expecting them? When they returned were you busy doing what they asked? Did your parents reward you for a job well done or did they punish you for not doing as they asked.
2 Peter 3; tells us about how people think about Jesus return. Some think that it has been such a long time, that He has forgotten and is never coming back. But verses 8-10 it says that; With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise as some understand slowness. Jesus will come when people are not expecting Him so we need to be ready.
In John’s vision he heard Jesus say, Behold I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. (Revelation 22:12)
What is the best way for us to be ready when He comes? (Revelation 22:7) says “Behold I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” It is not enough to just know what the Bible says. We need to do what it says. James 1:22; Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
When we determine to believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we ask Him to help us become the person He has designed us to be, God Himself will work in our lives to change us and make us ready for His return. He loves us and wants to live with us. (Revelation 21:3&4; Read these verses)

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Who is Jesus – Our Undefeated Champion

Series: Who is Jesus

Theme: Jesus, The Coming King

Lesson Number: 3 of 4

Lesson Title: Jesus, Our Undefeated Champion

Memory Verse: PHILIPPIANS 2:10&11; That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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If you have watched the Olympics and have watched your country’s athletes win medals, you have probably cheered and celebrated their victory with them. They represent you, they represent your country. They are your Champions. You identify with them even though you were not the one who competed.
Philippians 2:5-11; &Colossians 2:6-15; Jesus earned the right to be the highest authority on earth. Philippians says even though He was God, He came to us as a human being in human form. He became a servant to meet our need of a Savior. He accomplished for us what no other human could do. He paid the penalty of death for us. But He did not stay dead. He rose again from the grave, having ultimate victory over our enemy, Satan. Philippians says; “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Jesus said, (John 10:10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Jesus came to win a victory over the enemy who only wants to destroy us. Colossians 2:13-15 tells us that God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross. Jesus disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
God has promised that one day everyone will acknowledge Jesus as Lord or King. When Jesus returns, He will be the perfect ruler. He will cause everything that is now unfair, dishonest or hurtful, to be changed. We need to remember that God loves us and wants what is best for us.
If there are things in our life that cause problems, for example sickness or poverty, Jesus will change it for us. The Bible says that He will wipe away every tear. (Revelation 21:4)
We have a hero, a champion. This champion is better than any Olympian because He truly stood and competed in our behalf. His name is JESUS. We can identify with Him. He has represented us and has won the victory for us. He has given us life in place of death. All we need to do is receive it by believing in Him. Romans 10:9 says; If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

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Who is Jesus – The Power in His Name

Series: Who is Jesus

Theme: Jesus, The Coming King

Lesson Number: 2 of 4

Lesson Title: The Power in His Name

Memory Verse: MARK 16:17&18; And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.

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Acts 3:1-10; Read this story from the Bible.
Also look at Acts 4:1-31
When Jesus went up into heaven, He promised His followers to send the Holy Spirit to be with them and in them. The Holy Spirit is the very power of God that gave Jesus the power to do miracles. Ten days later the disciples received this gift and it was a life transforming gift. The disciples were now able to do the same miracles that Jesus did. But the disciples knew that they could not do these things in their own power. Every miracle they did was in the Name of Jesus.
Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit as well and He has given us His name, the name of Jesus. When we pray, when we ask for special miracles to happen in our lives or in the lives of those we pray for, we pray in the Name of Jesus. It is not our power but the power He has given that will do miracles for us.

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Who Is Jesus _ Descendant of David

Series: WHO IS JESUS

Theme: Jesus the coming King

Lesson Number: 1 of 4

Lesson Title: Descendant of David

Memory Verse: REVELATION 11:15; The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.”

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God made a promise to King David. (2 Samuel 7:11-16) God promised that David would have a descendant who would reign forever. When this promise was made, it may have looked like He was talking about a kingdom and a throne of the nation of Israel but only a few generations after this promise was made, God took away the throne from David’s family because of their disobedience and worshiping of idols. But this promise was really a picture of the coming Messiah, Jesus. This is what is called a PROPHECY. It tells about something that is to come. The Bible has many of these. We can see in the stories of the Bible where many of these prophecies were fulfilled but many are still to come.
Analyze this prophecy. In some ways this refers to David’s son Solomon but he does not completely fulfill everything this says. How does Jesus fulfill it?
2 Samuel 7:11-16; The Lord declares that the Lord Himself will establish a house for you. When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. (Jesus was born into the family of David) He is the one who will build a house for my name, (The Bible says that Jesus will build His church and the church, believers, are the Temple of the Living God.) and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. (Jesus was called the Son of God.) When he does wrong I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. (Although Jesus did not ever actually sin, He took on the sin and the punishment of sin for us. He was beaten and crucified by men.) But my love will never be taken from him, (Jesus was raised again from the grave) as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever. (When Jesus returns, it will be as King to reign and rule forever.)
We need to remember and believe that God will keep all His promises or prophecies.

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WHAT DOES HE EXPECT – WHO IS JESUS

Series: Who is Jesus

Theme: Jesus is my Friend

Lesson Number: 4 of 4

Lesson Title: What Does He Expect

Memory Verse: John 15:5; I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

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John 15:1-17; Before Jesus went up into heaven, He gave instructions to His disciples. (Matthew 28:18-20 & Mark 16:15-18) He told them to go and tell others and teach them what Jesus had taught them. And He told them to do miracles as He had done. The disciples did what Jesus said. They traveled and preached about Jesus and did many miracles but they knew it was not by their own power. It was the power of God working through them.
The disciples remembered that Jesus had taught them a lesson about a tree and its fruit. (John 15:1-17) Jesus told them “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. Everything the disciples did was by the power of God. As long as they remembered that, they could do everything Jesus had asked of them.
We too can only follow God’s will for us if we have Him in us. When we try to be like God in our own ability, we will fail but if we let the Spirit of God work through us, we will become like Him. Jesus called that “bearing fruit.” Galatians 5:22&23; tells us what this fruit of the Spirit looks like. (But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.)
Jesus has commanded us to love. Sometimes it is hard to love someone who may have hurt us. But the Bible says that love is a fruit of the Spirit. If we stay connected to Jesus by asking Him to help us, then it is the Spirit of God that will love through us. He helps us to love that person so that it is God showing His love through what we say and do. All the fruit of the Spirit works that way. When we need to be patient or gentle or kind, He will do it through us if we ask Him.

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WE MAKE A CHOICE – WHO IS JESUS

Series: Who is Jesus

Theme: Jesus is my Friend

Lesson Number: 3 of 4

Lesson Title: We Make a Choice

Memory Verse:Revelation 3:20; Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

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Matthew 9:1-9 & Mark 2:1-13 Many people followed and watched as Jesus did miracles. They followed Him perhaps because they needed a miracle or they wanted to hear His teaching. Some just wanted to criticize Him. Jesus had already chosen some fishermen to follow Him and be His special helpers but He called some other people as well. One day some men brought a paralytic lying on a mat, to Jesus. Jesus saw the man and said to him, “your sins are forgiven.” Then because Jesus knew that some in the crowd were critical of Him, He said to the paralyzed man; “Get up, take your mat and go home.” And the man was healed. When Jesus was going from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax-collectors booth. “Follow me,” He told him, and Matthew got up and followed Him.(Matthew 9:9) Jesus had twelve disciples from different backgrounds. These men chose to follow Jesus when He called them and they became some of His closest friends. They went everywhere with Him and helped Him. Then one of them, Judas, proved that he was not Jesus friend at all and he chose to betray Jesus to those who wanted to kill Him.
Jesus had many followers who believed in Him besides His disciples. After Jesus was taken up into heaven, His followers became known as The Church. The church, His followers, has grown to include many people all over the world but each person in the church had a decision to make. When they heard Jesus calling them to follow Him, they listened, they heard His voice and they invited Him into their lives. They follow Him by doing His will. We have that same decision to make. Jesus calls everyone to follow Him. He loved everyone and He died for all. When we hear this message, it is His voice calling us to follow Him. What do we need to do to open the door to Him? We just need to ask for His forgiveness for our sins and ask Him to come and live in us to help us be the person He designed us to be.
He wants to be our Savior and Lord and Friend.

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WHO IS MY FRIEND – WHO IS JESUS

Series: Who is Jesus

Theme: Jesus is my Friend

Lesson Number: 2 of 4

Lesson Title: Who is my Friend

Memory Verse: John 15:13&14; Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.

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Revelation 3:20; Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me.
Think of someone who is your friend! What is it about them that makes them your friend? (Allow children to share.)
Have you ever heard the saying that you should do to others as you would want them to do to you? Did you know that came from the Bible? Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets.
A friend is someone who takes time to be with you. They listen to you. They talk to you. They help you and you help them. They love you. They understand you. They come to your house to visit or to share a meal with you. You invite them to your birthday party or to a special celebration. You enjoy spending time with them. You might tell others about your friend and introduce them to others.
All these might be true about your friend. Are these things true about you? Do you treat your others in a way that you would want them to treat you? Jesus said that a real friend would die for you.
Did you know that Jesus wants to be your friend? He wants it so much that He died for you. When did Jesus lay down His life for us?
Jesus wants to spend time with you! He will listen to you! He wants to talk to you! He wants to help you and he wants you to help him! He loves you and he wants you to love him! He understands you because he made you. Revelation 3:20; says that Jesus is knocking at your door. He is knocking at the door of your heart. He wants to come in and eat with you. That means He wants to be friends with you. He wants to wants to have the same kind of relationship as you have with any of your best friends. Jesus wants to share your special events because he is interested in every detail about you! Jesus wants you to enjoy his company! Jesus wants you to tell others about him and to introduce others to him too! Jesus wants to be your best friend. Have you ever thought about Jesus being your best friend? Even though you cannot see Jesus, He will always be near to you if you will allow him. He can make himself very real to you if you ask him.

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JESUS CHOSE HELPERS – WHO IS JESUS

Series: Who is Jesus

Theme: Jesus is my Friend

Lesson Number: 1 of 4

Lesson Title: Jesus Chose Helpers

Memory Verse: Mark 1:17; Jesus said “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

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(Luke 5:1-11, Mark 1:14-18) At the beginning of Jesus work, He was walking beside the sea. He saw two brothers, fishermen, washing their nets. Jesus went into one of their boats and taught the people from there. When he had finished speaking he asked the fishermen to go into the deep water and let down their nets for a catch. Simon, one of the brothers said “Master, we worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything, but because you say so I will let down the nets. When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. They signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They filled both boats so full that they began to sink. Jesus told the fishermen “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
These men left everything behind. They left the huge catch of fish, they left their nets and their boats and they followed Jesus. What they saw in Jesus and the miracle He had performed for them must have convinced them that Jesus was worth following. Jesus did not disappoint them. Jesus became their best friend and they became His helpers.
Jesus chose twelve men to be his helpers. You can read who they were in Matthew 10:1-8. They came from various backgrounds and had various skills. Jesus taught them and equipped them to do the same things He did. When Jesus went up into heaven after his death and resurrection, His disciples continued His work. Like Jesus, they healed the sick, cast out demons and taught about God’s love and His kingdom. They taught others to be disciples to continue God’s work as well. They became “Fishers of men.” These men who close friends of Jesus were also called APOSTLES. The New Testament tells us about them and the things they did after Jesus went up into heaven.
Jesus calls each one of us to Follow Him too. We might be busy doing other things. These might be good things. You may have other things you could be doing today instead of coming to hear this lesson. You could have gone to a movie or to a ball game. But you chose to come and hear God’s Word. You have left other things behind to come today just as these fishermen left their fish and their nets to follow Jesus. When we choose to follow Jesus, He will not disappoint us either. He will become our friend as well.
Jesus’ disciples became a team. They worked together and travelled together and helped each other. Jesus needs His followers to be a team. We must work together and get along together to do what He wants us to do. In a game, each member of a team has their own special skills and abilities. Each one needs the others to do their part. As part of God’s team, you have your special abilities to do what only you can do.
Discussion: What are your special abilities that are needed on God’s Team. How can you use your skills? What are some things you might have to leave behind or STOP in order to be on God’s team?

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How Can I Hear His Voice –Who is Jesus

Series: Who is Jesus

Theme: Jesus is Alive Today

Lesson Number: 4 of 4

Lesson Title: How Can I Hear His Voice

Memory Verse: Psalm 119:11; I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

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John 10:4&5; He goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.
We learned about shepherds and sheep and how a good shepherd takes care of his sheep. We learned that Jesus is the good shepherd and we are the sheep. He will take care of us if we believe in Him. (Allow some discussion to review what was taught about shepherds and sheep as a review. Refer to Jan. lesson THE GOOD SHEPHERD.)
What does the shepherd use to protect the sheep? (a rod and staff and maybe a sling) What kind of watering place does the shepherd take them to? (a quiet pool) Where does he shelter the sheep at night? (an enclosure with one entrance or gate) Who tries to come in a way other than the gate? (a thief)
Jesus has promised that his sheep will know his voice! If you know someone well, you recognize their voice. For example, if your mom calls you for dinner, do you need to see her to know it is her? If your friend calls you on the phone, do you need them to tell you who it is? You know who it is because you recognize their voice! Even if they have a cold and their voice sounds different, you probably know who it is by what they say. You recognize their character!
What kinds of things would your mother say? What might your friend or your teacher or your sister say? (Allow children to share) Your mother might say “go make your bed.” But your friend would probably never say that.
What kind of things would Jesus say? When we read the Bible, we are reading His Word to us. He tells us what He wants us to know. As we study and learn the Word of God, we are hiding the word in our heart. Now God can speak to us by reminding us of a scripture or verse. That is one way that God speaks to us.
What are some other ways He can speak to us? ( allow children to share ideas.) God can speak through our parents and authorities. God has put these people in place to represent Him. That is why the Bible tells us to obey our parents and the laws of the land. In the Old Testament, God sent prophets to give people His Word. God may send us His Word through people as well. This may include friends or family or pastors and teachers. Bible stories tell us that God spoke to people through dreams and visions. Some people such as Samuel, heard a voice. God can still speak to us in these ways. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to guide us to show and tell us the things we need to know.

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Holy Spirit —- Who is Jesus

Series: Who is Jesus

Theme: Jesus is Alive Today

Lesson Number: 3 of 4

Lesson Title: Holy Spirit

Memory Verse: PROVERBS 3:5&6; Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.

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Acts 1:3&4; (Read this scripture.) Jesus was going up into heaven but He promised to send the Holy Spirit in His place. When someone you love leaves you might feel sad because you will miss them. When Jesus left He promised to send the Holy Spirit to be a comforter to His disciples. The disciples did what Jesus asked. They went to Jerusalem and waited. On the tenth day they were in one place when suddenly something very special happened. (Read Acts 2:1-7)
That day the promise that Jesus had made was fulfilled. The disciples found out that having the Holy Spirit in them was just as good, or even better than having Jesus with them in physical form. This Holy Spirit was with all of them at the same time. This Holy Spirit could work through them and give them the same miraculous abilities that Jesus had. This Holy Spirit could speak to them and direct them and give them knowledge and information. When the disciples went from this place, they taught about Jesus everywhere they went and by the power of the Holy Spirit in them, they did many miracles.
When we accept Jesus we can ask for His Spirit to live in us. John 14 & John 16:5-15; tells us something about the Holy Spirit and what He will do for us. He is called the Counselor. He will convict people of guilt and sin. That means He will cause us to know and feel sorry when we sin. He will guide us into truth. That means He can show us what is true and right in confusing situations. He will tell us what is yet to come. That means that He can warn us of danger ahead. The Holy Spirit will speak to us and will reveal things that God wants us to know. He will help us to understand scripture. John 14:26 says “The counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said.”
We cannot be like Jesus on our own but with the Holy Spirit in us we can be just like Jesus. He will help us to be the person He has designed us to be.

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