THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 96th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL. <
Lesson Title: THE FOREFUNNER OF THE SAVIOR
Adult/Young Adult Topic: GREAT EXPECTATIONS!
Printed Text: LUKE 1:8-20
Key Verses: Luke 1:13-14 (NIV)
But the angel said to him “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 96th Edition, 2016-2017
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
At times, we are entrusted with incredible responsibilities that are beyond anything we might have imagined for ourselves. How might we respond? Luke told of Zechariah’s growing acceptance of his role as father to John, the one called to be the forerunner of the Savior.
Zechariah was unable to speak during the pregnancy of his wife, Elizabeth; but there must have been many questions running through his mind. When we find ourselves vulnerable, bare, and exposed to the will of God—then our faith becomes active and great expectations can be achieved. Our expectancy must be based on what we cannot see and what we do not know! As with the births of John and Jesus, God is saying to us “Trust Me”.
Lord, we praise you for the unknown. For what we cannot see, what we do not know, and that which we will not understand, we acknowledge you. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to trust you completely. When our flesh desires assurance, evidence, and proof, remind us not to limit our faith by the bounds of our understanding. Recall to our hearts the stories of our biblical forefathers and foremothers and the great blessings they received because of their great trust in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.