Sunday School - April 19, 2009

Sunday School - April 19, 2009

Disseminated tales from unknown sources, statement and reports that lacks veracity are whispers of minor truths laced with lies better known as gossip. This low volume rhetoric of idle talk and rumor only prospers in darkness and never seeks to speak open in the light, for things born of darkness finds no comfort in the light. Such is a practice our Lord dislikes “A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:19)”.

Ephesians 5:7-8
Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.

Credible information from a trustworthy source of a message of blessings to benefit mankind, such cannot be contained by low volume whisper or claimed as rumored gossip. This Good News is blessings predestine to be shared, not to be lost or held in darkness, but to be herald from rooftops to all. Our Good News is the Gospel, God's revealed will to man, our message of hope, a divine message we must shamelessly proclaim

Luke 9:26. For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.

Mark 16:15. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

As Christians, we should rejoice in our task. For what could be better news than telling a dying world about a Living Savior?

This week's lesson is again from “The Gospel According to St. Luke”. For those who follow the International Sunday School Lesson Plan (aka: The Standard Sunday School Lesson), this Sunday's lesson (April 19, 2009) comes from Luke 24:44-53.

This lesson begins during the time between Our Lord’s resurrection and His ascension into heaven. Jesus has now been seen by a select chosen few, including Peter and now all of the eleven (Luke 24:13-43).

Jesus again spoke to them the thing which He has once told them, that all must be fulfilled that was written about Him in the law of Moses, in the prophets and the psalms. That which was first told to them yet received it not, was now received with clarity as Jesus opened their hearts and mine that they may understand the Scriptures. For true wisdom comes not from the workings of the wise or the labor of the just, but by the grace of discernment given by a Holy God.

Proverbs 2:6. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

1 Corinthians 2:14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Jesus explained how all that had happened (His suffering, death and resurrection) had been written in Scripture and to them had been given God’s plan for man’s salvation. Such knowledge was once a mystery to man, a secret desired even by angels (1 Peter 1:12), now witnessed by His followers to be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. The faithful was instructed to wait in Jerusalem until they are endued with power from on high, such would be the power (promised by the Father) to facilitate their commission to witness. This proves the workings of a Holy God, for that which He truly calls, He will surely equip (Luke 14:18). As Christian born after the cross, we too are equipped (with God’s inspired Word) and with such, "we are made perfect (complete) and throughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17)".

Ephesians 4:11-12. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

Upon the completion of His message to His faithful followers, Jesus led them to Bethany and lifted up His hands, blessed them and parted from them to Heaven. Unlike His death on the cross which left His followers with much fear and confusion, His ascension left them with understanding which gave them hope. This hope provided the assurance of His return, for such is also written in the Scriptures (Acts 1:10-11).

True evidence of faith is the manifestation of joy for that which is promised. Such was the reaction of Jesus followers who return to Jerusalem and worshipped Him “And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God (Luke 24:53). This reaction continues within the body that is His Church and is evidence in our Joy to proclaim Him and His message of salvation, Amen.

If you are not a typical Sunday School attendee, Go and surprise the teacher. If your Church does not follow the Standard Sunday School Lesson and you are not aware of the topic of discussion, take on the attitude of "positive anticipation". I am sure you will like it; there is nothing like reading and discussing God's Word.

FYI: Sunday School is not just for Kids, it is also for the Humble (
those who desire to know, keep and share His message) at heart.

Good Day and God Bless