Lesson 141—December 11, 2016
Scripture: John 19:30, Philippians 2:6-9, John 1:14, Luke 19:10, Luke 4: 17-21
Lesson Goal: To better understand Jesus’ mission trip.
For Mars Hill Baptist Church, “missions” is not an option; it is a calling. “Missions” is not so much about what we do as about who we are. Whether it’s being a prayer warrior, generous financial supporter, making cloth dolls to give to the children, driving the team to and from the airport, giving out candy at Trunk or Treat, filling a shoe box, or buying a backpack for an unknown child, “missions” defines who we are.
Missions should be a passion for all of us. There should be a burning desire in all our hearts to see the lost come to salvation in Jesus Christ. This burning desire is what gets wells dug, concrete floors poured, bags of food distributed, and the name of Jesus proclaimed. This burning desire takes us to places like Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, but it also takes us to the elementary schools, to the gyms, and the ball fields of our own communities. The same passion that carries us around the world carries us across the street. Our mission, be it far or near, is to tell others that Jesus saves. Jesus saves!
Today we will focus on “The Ultimate Mission Trip.” Had it not been for the ultimate mission trip, we would all still be lost in our sins.
It’s important for us to understand the meaning of the word “ultimate.” This word can be used both as a noun and as an adjective. As a noun, it means “the best achievable or imaginable of its kind.” Today, we will focus on the adjective definition: “being the best or most extreme example of its kind.”
As we read this Scripture, we quickly notice this is not the Christmas scene, but the scene of Christ’s crucifixion. From the cross, Jesus spoke the words translated: “It is finished.” In the original language, this phrase has multiple meanings, one of which translates into English as “mission accomplished.”
* What was the mission which was accomplished in John 19:30?
As we study this John 19:30 mission accomplishment, it will be helpful to read Philippians 2:6-9, giving careful attention to verses 7 and 8.
* How did the cross fit into the ultimate mission trip? Please give prayerful thought to your answer.
* What does it mean that the Word became flesh? Where and how did this occur? To help with these answers, please read Luke 1:26-38 and Luke 2:1-7.
To further understand the ultimate mission trip, read Luke 19:10.
* Explain what it means that Jesus “has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
* Referring back to Luke 19:10, explain the following statement: “Jesus’ mission was the ultimate rescue mission.”
Jesus’ mission helps us to understand His ministry. In fact, His ministry is an extension of His mission. Please read Luke 4:17-21.
* Describe how Jesus’ mission was truly a rescue mission.
The Ultimate Question—Have you been rescued by Jesus?
Go Tell It On The Mountain
Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere; Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born.
While shepherds kept their watching Over silent flocks by night, Behold throughout the heavens, There shone a holy light:
Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere; Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born. Down in a lowly manger Our humble Christ was born And God send us salvation, That blessed Christmas morn:
Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere; Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born (Work, II.).
Lesson 141—December 11, 2016