THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: FAITHFUL SEEKERS OF THE KING
Adult/Young Adult Topic: GIVING GIFTS OF HONOR
Printed Text: MATTHEW 2:1-12
Key Verse: MATTHEW 2:11 (NIV)
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People often search for the best ways to honor someone they look up to and revere. How can we best honor a special person? The Magi traveled a great distance from their own country to Bethlehem in order to give gifts and pay homage to Jesus, the child born King of the Jews.
The Magi serve as great examples of what it means to diligently seek God regardless of the sacrifice or inconvenience. They also modeled the need to practice spiritual discernment, to avoid distractive traps, to practice transformative worship of God, to give sacrificially to God, and to leave the worship experience differently than when we came. All of these life lessons can be practiced and applied in order to enable our relationship with God to become all that it is capable of achieving.
Thank you Lord, for being born into the world and coming to give us life more abundantly. Although you came as a child, you did not remain a child but you grew up and made a difference. Just as you grew up in Judea, please also grow up in us to a place of peace, love and spiritual prosperity. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.