Sabbath School for March 13 & 20 – Christ’s Life, Death, and Resurrection

I’m not an archeologist, but for the next two weeks I want to dig.  Sort of like when went to the beach when you were a kid.

You’d squirm around impatiently while sitting in the car, and then while standing on the sidewalk.  You’d want to run ahead to the water, but your mom, dad, older brother, or whoever would tell you to “wait up.”  But (BUT!), once everything was in place—the towels laid down on the sand, the sunblock on, the cooler’s out—you’d seem to jump out of the clothes covering your bathing suit and PLUNGE into the ocean.

While that was so much fun, within thirty minutes you’d find yourself nestled in the sand trying to build a sand castle.  Everything you could imagine using surrounded you—starfish molds, shovels, buckets, plastic strainers, turret molds, EVERYTHING—and you’d fill everything you had (even the cooler if your mom would’ve let you) to pile that sand up and build your fortress.  However, building wasn’t the only fascinating part.  The more you dug deeper—pulled out that sand—the more you were wowed by the sand itself.  It was cooler (and if it was a REALLY hot day, it was nice), but you would also notice water would seemingly come out of nowhere.  You may also, depending on where you were, find sand dollars or mussel shells that were this wonderful pearly colour inside. It was SO cool.

Digging was fun.  Digging meant you would have the resources to build something great.  Digging meant you may find wonderful treasures.

The same goes for us.  For the next two weeks, we’ll be studying the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  We’ll be studying the cornerstone of Christianity.  More specifically, we’ll be looking at what the Seventh-day Adventist holds about these three subjects.  But I don’t want to stop there.  I want us to spend time during this next week and a half thinking about the LIFE, DEATH, and RESSURECTION of Jesus—our friend, our savior, and our example.  I want to look at what the SDA Church says and push it—do we agree with the church’s stance? why? what do the technical words mean? did they really have to say it that way?

This is a guide to help you THINK about this subject in the coming days.  This isn’t just a Sabbath School thing—no.  I challenge you to reflect on it every day, for at least 10 minutes.  The following are some readings and questions to help you get started.

Wednesday

Part 1—Based on what you know NOW, write your own summary of the life, death, and resurrection (LDR) of Jesus.  If you could sum it up in five or six sentences, what would you say?  For example, we all know John 3:16.  What does that verse—and others you have learned plus sermons, classes, life, etc—tell you about the LDR?

Thursday

Part 2—Rob and I went through the official belief and noted all of the verbs:

  1. Provides
  2. Enables understanding
  3. Vindicates
  4. Condemns
  5. Reconciles
  6. Transforms
  7. Assures
  8. Declares
  9. Proclaims

Think about these verbs in relation to the LDR.  What does it provide?  Vindicate?  How does it transform or reconcile?  Who does it reconcile?  ETC…

Friday

DON’T FREAK OUT!  To help you understand what on earth we’ll be talking about Sabbath morning, I typed out a summary of the chapter.  Just think, instead of having to skip the chapter, you’ll only have to skim a single page!  Our discussion will be based on this summary.  Take 10-20 minutes Friday night before Bible Study or bedtime (Hey, it’s the Sabbath.  God asked you to do this.) and read them over.  Ask yourself if you agree with them.  What other questions do you have regarding them?  Do you even understand them?  Would you rather be talking about a one horned, one eyed flying purple people eater?  If not—prove it.

Life, Death and Resurrection of Christ (Chapter Summary) – This document also contains an exerpt from Chapter 30 (“The Tabernacle and Its Services”) of Patriarchs and Prophets, which we will be touching on in class.

Happy Digging!

–Melissa

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2 Comments on “Sabbath School for March 13 & 20 – Christ’s Life, Death, and Resurrection”

  1. Cecilia Says:

    Thanks so much Melissa, you did such an outstanding job with this, I love it, kudos! 😀

  2. Shawn Says:

    This sounds so exciting… if I weren’t teaching Sabbath school I’d join in, but I’ll still do some digging and see what I can find.


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