“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” -Philippians 3:8
It all boils down to valuation. I like to watch the TV show, “Shark Tank.” Small business owners meet with a panel of millionaires and billionaires who are looking to invest their money. The small business owners pitch their company and offer a percentage of equity to the investor in exchange for cold, hard cash.
Much of the discussion that follows has to do with the valuation of the company. Usually the business owner values his company at a far greater amount than the investor does. This always leads to a counter-offer in which the investor either offers less money or asks for more equity…sometimes both.
The negotiations that ensue are all based on what each party is willing to give up in exchange for what they get. In a way, this is like worship. We are constantly valuing Christ. We may not say it that way, but based on how we live, what we spend, what we watch, what we say, etc., we are displaying the value of Jesus to the world around us.
This week’s lesson forces us to reconsider our valuation of Christ. As we look upon how the Israelites were led to see the worth of God, and to respond appropriately, we will also be challenged to consider how to respond to who God is and what he has done.
Here is the video for the special Christmas lesson that looks at the opening lines of John’s gospel. Remember, if you taught this lesson last Sunday (Dec 20th), then teach the lesson entitled, “The Redeemer Judges and Saves” this week (Dec 27th). But if you already did the Redeemer lesson, then go ahead and do the Christmas lesson this upcoming week.
God bless you all. Thanks for teaching!
The final plague of the Exodus may be one of the most disturbing and troubling events recounted for us in the Scripture. God judges the nation of Egypt in gruesome fashion as he kills the firstborn male in every household.
In order to preserve life, more death had to occur. The chosen lamb was slaughtered and its blood spread across the door post. This blood covering would cause the Angel of Death to pass over the house and spare a son’s life.
In the midst of judgment, we see grace. In the midst of death, we see life. In the midst of wrath, we see favor. As gruesome as the Passover event is, the cross stands as a far more heinous act. The perfect Son of God receives all of God’s eternal wrath against sin so that you and I could receive grace and peace.
This lesson will lead us to see how God both judges and saves. Through one decisive event we see a full picture of his character. May our thoughts run to the cross as we study the Passover together.
Have you ever spent time thinking and praying about a situation before you acted? Have you sought counsel from trusted sources? Have you diligently read the Scripture for direction? Have you fasted and prayed? Have you stepped forward in confidence believing that you were doing just what God wanted you to do? Did things suddenly seem to come apart at the seams? What in the world happened?
Often, when we face adversity in the midst of our obedience to God we begin to think that we messed up or that we missed God’s will. But what if our obedience actually directly led to difficulty? And what if this difficulty was a part of God’s plan to bring about his purposes? What if God would be glorified in the challenges you face?
We start out our lesson this week seeing this very thing happen to Moses and the Israelites. Moses went to Pharaoh and told him what God commanded, and Pharaoh took it out on God’s people.
How would Moses and the people continue to find strength and hope in the midst of their ever increasing difficulty. That is what we will find out this week. God will reveal his glory in great, amazing, and terrifying ways.
Session 2_The Redeemer Reveals His Glory_Intro Exercise