Love

Note to the Teacher

Today is Christ the King Sunday. It is the last Sunday of the Christian calendar; Advent begins next Sunday. Christ the King: it’s almost a contradiction, isn’t it? Jesus is King, no doubt. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the defeater of death and the forgiver of sins. He is God incarnate. And yet, we’ve been reading these past few weeks about a man who offered himself to death. Jesus allowed himself to become a sacrificial offering, bearing responsibility and paying the penalty for the sins of the world. He gave himself to suffer and die for everybody, even the millions who would never love him or praise him, or even acknowledge him. What king does that? Our King.

Time Description of Activity
10 min

1. Ice Breaker

Ask students to take turns answering these questions:

  • Who is somebody you really look up to?
  • What qualities do they have that make you admire them so much?
  • Why are those qualities important?
  • Which of those qualities do you see developing in yourself?

 

20 min

2.  Read Scripture  & Discuss

John’s excitement in writing about Jesus, the ruler of earthly kings, cannot be denied. He covers a lot of ground in four verses!

Read Revelation 1:4b-8

 

 

3. Discussion

  • Twice in today’s passage, we read about God being the One “who is and who was and who is to come.” How can somebody be the present, past, and future all at the same time?
  • What questions come to your mind when you consider God being present in all times at the same time?[1]
  • In verse 6, we are called priests. That suggests we have a certain privilege that people didn’t have before. Do you know what that is? (hint: Think of the priests of Biblical times and what they could do that other people couldn’t.)[2]
  • What makes Jesus a great king?
  • What makes him unlike any other king?

[1] Perhaps it would be wise to preface this discussion by admitting their questions probably won’t have answers. Some questions might be: Does God control everything in all those times, too? If God knows the choices I’m going to make, do my choices matter? If God is in all times at the same time, does that mean God had no beginning? How is that possible? The point of this discussion question is to explore the wonderful mystery of God and to point out that God can’t be late. In other words, while we are impatient and shortsighted, God sees the big picture and has perfect timing.

[2] Priests working at the tabernacle, and later, in the temple, were allowed to go behind the curtain and enter the Holy of Holies. In other words, they were allowed to come into the presence of God while the other people had to stay out. When Jesus died, the temple cloth tore in two (Matthew 27:51). In naming us priests, verse 6 says that, through Jesus, we all now have direct access to God. That’s why we often end our prayers with, “In Jesus’ Name.”

20 min

4. Activity and Discussion

Take this lesson to the next level by getting your students’ bodies involved with an activity from the Youthworker Collective: (https://youthworkercollective.com/direct-access/)

5 min  

5. Closing

Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then ask for a volunteer to close in prayer.

50 min

 

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