C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR April 21st, 2019 : Eternal Plan of God for Man. .

C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR April 21st, 2019 : Eternal Plan of God for Man.  .


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C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON.
Eternal Plan of God for Man.
April 21st, 2019.

II.   IMPORTANCE OF HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION (Matthew 1:21; 1 Corinthians 15:17-19)

A.   THE MEANING (Matt. 1:21)
      And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins (v. 21).
i.    It shows the evidence of the height of God's love for man (Jn. 15:13; Rom. 5:8).
ii.   It reveals the importance os serving the Lord (Rom. 5:15; 2 Cor. 5:17).
iii.  It is an atoning death in place of the of the undeserving man (Rom. 4:25).
iv.  It reconciles man to God, his Creator (Rom. 3:24-25).
v.   It is man's cost of redemption (Eph. 1:8; 1 Tim. 2:6; Heb. 9:22).
vi.  It means the fulfillment of the greatest love that God promised man (1 Pet. 1:10-11).
vii. It shows us an example to follow (1 Cor. 15:57,58; Phil. 2:1ff).
viii. Fod whatever is born of God overcome the world: and this is the victory that overcome the world, even our faith. Only those who believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection have the assurance of victory, both here and in eternity (1 Jn. 5:4,5). Where do you stand?

B.   THE IMPORTANCE (1 Cor. 15:17-19)
      And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! (1 Cor. 15:17).
i.    Rom. 4:25: Jesus was risen so that we can be justified.
ii.   10:9-10: His resurrection confirms that He is Lord, even over death.
iii.  1 Cor. 5:17: If Jesus Christ had not risen, our faith would have been in vain, but we thank God for making Jesus to rise from dead. So, it gives us everlasting life.
iv.   1 Cor. 15:17: His resurrection guarantees our forgiveness.
v.    vv. 18:19: Minus Christ's resurrection, those who slept in Him have perished and believers are in fact, the most pitiable.
vi.   v. 57: We have victory over death as well as everlasting life, and deliverance from hell, through His resurrection (cf. Rom. 6:9-10; 2 Cor. 1:3-5; 1 Pet. 1:3).
vii.  Jesus' resurrection gives us a clear assurance of His Second Coming to judge the world (Act 11:31; Rom. 2:16).
viii. The fact of His coming back back should no longer be in doubt. The fulfillment of the prophecies of His first advent is a pointer that should make us hope and wait for His final return, which will usher believers into His eternal habitation (Eph. 2:21; Rev. 21:2-4).

LESSON DERIVED
1.   Christ's death means life, hope, redemption, reconciliation and eternal life for man.
2.  Jesus' resurrection gives us the assurance of resurrecting on the last day and the hope of eternity with Christ in the bliss of heaven.

QUESTIONS
1.   Mention what you know about the prophecy of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
2.  What are the implications of the death and resurrection of Jesus on man's eternal life?

SUGGESTED ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
ANSWER TO QUESTION 1:
i.   David, Isaiah, etc. prophesied about it (Psa. 40:6-8; 72:11; Isa. 9:6). The prophecies of Jesus' death and resurrection are divine. Therefore, they all came to pass. God can never lie.
ii.   Because of its importance, people in both the Old and New Testaments prophesied about it (Gen. 49:10; 2 Sam. 7:12-13; Hos. 11:1; Mic. 5:2; Matt. 2:14,15; Lk. 1:35; Heb. 2:5-9).
iii.   Jesus Himself prophesied His death and resurrection (Mk. 8:31; 9:31; Lk. 9:22; 18:31).
iv.   Angels confirmed it (Matt. 1:21; Lk. 1:26-31).
v.    These prophecies all came to pass. Jesus went to Calvary to give us His ghost that we might live free from Satan and sin (cf. Matt. 1:21).
vi.   And at last, God raised Him from the dead, because He died for His course --- salvation of man.

ANSWERS TO QUESTION 2
i.   Refer to Suggested Answers To Work To Do.
ii.  The resurrection is one of the evidences that Jesus is the Son of God (Rom. 1:4).
iii. The death and resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of Christian faith (1 Cor. 15:14-21).
iv.  It shows that the Kingdom of God is ruled by the Living Sovereign One (Rev. 1:17, 18).
v.   His death and resurrection brought to us salvation. Physical death is not the termination of human existence (Ecc. 12:5; 2 Cor. 6:2).
vi. His death and resurrection bought for us deliverance from, and victory over Satan, sin and self.
vii. We are saved by His grace, and that is, through our faith in Him, and all that He came to do, and is still doing, for us and on our behalf (Eph. 2:8).
viii. It brought to us sanctification (Jn 17:19; 1 Cor. 1:30; Phil. 3:9).
ix.  In Him, we have restoration of lost relationship with God --- the veil had been torn and removed (Eph. 1:6; Heb. 9:11, 12).
x.  We are translated from darkness to His marvellous light (Col. 1:13; 1 Pet. 2:9).
xi.  Jesus is being glorified is our lives, as God is (Jn.17:1; 21:19).
xii. Man (as many as believe and accept everything Jesus represents) is being justified (Rom. 3:24; Tit. 3:5, 7).
xiii.Sin and Satan are being judged (Rev. 19:20; 20:10).
xiv.It confirms the Scripture to be true (cf. 1 Cor. 15:14-17).
xv. It gives us a living hope: if we die in Him, we will be raised and reign with Him (Col. 2:10-12).
xvi.Only those who die in Him, die in peace. And only those who die in peace (Jesus our Peace) can rest in peace. How would a man rest in peace, no matter the gravity of the prayerlists and prayers said to that effect, when such person didn't die in peace?

LIFE APPLICATION
The Kingdom of God is like a grain of seed, sown in the soil. For it to meet the expectation of the sower, it has to decay and come out anew, bringing more seeds than what was planted. Many are they who feed on the fruits of the singular seed, sown sometime in the past. It is important that the seed enters the ground and decay. More important is the fact that, when it germinates and bears fruits, it becomes beneficial to animals, birds and human beings. Jesus Christ is the seed of the woman, sown some 2,000 years ago and raised up to give life and hope to billions of people worldwide. Just as a seed does not grow unless buried in the earth and germinates, Jesus had to suffer and face the agony of death, in order that man may drink the fruits of righteousness by declaring their faith in Him. Above all, He had resurrected, in order that those who have and will accept Him, as their Lord and Saviour (Jesus and Gentiles), may have life in abundance in this earth and particularly, in eternity. May we not be found wanting in Jesus' name.

CONCLUSION
Thank God for this wonderful lesson with which God chose to bless as we shared what He has for us in it. We have seen how the God-ordained prophecies concerning the death as well as resurrection of Jesus couldn't be manipulated. They came to pass, notwithstanding the scheming of Satan and his cohorts to frustrate God's eternal redemptive purpose and plan. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, no doubt, brought to us assurance and hope didn't happen, man would have been eternally doomed. Christ has given us total victory by His death and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:57). He is worthy of our praise, eternally.

DEVOTIONAL BIBLE READING FOR WEEK TWO
Mon.    15:   Shed His Blood For Our Sins (Matt. 26:28)
Tue.     16:   Gave His Life A Ransom For Many (Matt. 20:28)
Wed.    17:   Abolished Condemnation for Our Sake (Rom. 8:1).
Thur.   18:   Faith in Christ Justifies Believers (Jn. 5:20-24)
Fri.      19:   Thank God For His Unspeakable Gift (2 Cor. 9:15).
Sat.     20:   Preach the Baptism of Repentance (Lk. 24:47)
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