Victory

Note to the Teacher

Last week, we discussed how God makes all things new; not just in the form of a superficial makeover, but as a renovation from the ground up. With God, even in death there is new life. That is the hope that we have and the victory that we share in Jesus. Now we’re going to explore that victory even deeper. This week’s scripture reading compares the work of Jesus to the work of the Jewish high priests of his day. It’s helpful to understand that every Jewish family was required to travel to the temple each year to confess their sins to the priests and sacrifice an animal to pay the penalty for those sins. Then, once a year, the high priests would cast lots among themselves to determine which of them would enter the inner sanctuary of the temple, known as the Holy of Holies, to come before God to seek forgiveness for all of the people. This ritual was repeated year after year, its roots going back to the days after the great Exodus when the temple was only a tent known as the tabernacle. But when Jesus sacrificed his own life, the annual ceremony became unnecessary. His sacrifice became the ultimate victory over sin, and his resurrection, the ultimate victory over death. 

Time Description of Activity
10 min

1. Ice Breaker

Ask the students:

  • What is the largest amount of money you ever had to borrow? 
  • When was a time that you owed somebody and had to pay them back? 
  • Was there ever a time when you owed somebody but they said to forget about it; that you didn’t have to pay them back? How did/would that feel? 
  • Even though they forgave your debt, did/would you still feel obligated to them in some way? 

Today, we’re going to talk about the ultimate pardoning: Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, and he’s not expecting us to pay him back. He knows we never could. Yet, there must be something we should do to acknowledge what he has done, right? 

20 min

2.  Read Scripture  & Discuss

Jesus, the Lamb of God, was the perfect sacrifice, paying the penalty for all sins, for all people, for all time. Through his blood, we are fully restored to righteousness before God. 

Read Hebrews 9:11-14, 24-28 

 

 

3. Discussion

  • Why is this passage talking about the blood of goats and bulls?1 
  • Where was this ritual taking place?2 
  • What do you imagine the scene being like at the tabernacle?  
  • Let’s look again at verse 14. Understanding what was going on in the tabernacle, what does this verse mean? 
  • What is the important message about Jesus’s sacrifice in verses 24-26?
  • Why would Jesus do this for us? 
  • What are some appropriate ways for us to react to what Jesus has done? 

1 Leviticus 16 contains a good overview of the ritual that God implemented to allow God’s people to atone for their sins. While the wages of sin is death (Proverbs 10:16, Romans 6:23), as evidenced by Adam and Eve losing access to the Tree of Life (Genesis 3:22-24), God would instead accept the lives of the animals as repayment for the sins of the people (Leviticus 17:11). Leviticus 16 also explains the use of a scapegoat, a term still used today to describe a person who takes the blame for another person’s mistake.

2 Today’s scripture mentions a tent, which refers to the tabernacle, the portable temple used by the Israelites during and after their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Once Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, the sacrifices were held there. In Exodus 25-27, God gives very specific instructions about how the tabernacle was to be constructed, followed by a very detailed description of what the priests should wear in chapter 28.

3 His was a one-time sacrifice that satisfied the penalty for every sin committed by every person who ever lived. 

20 min

4. Activity and Discussion:

Activity and Discussion -  Exploring the Tabernacle 

Take this lesson to the next level by getting your students' creativity involved in the activity “Exploring the Tabernacle”  from the Youthworker Collective: (https://youthworkercollective.com/exploring-the-tabernacle/

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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