1. Describe a situation when God tested your faith or obedience.
Hebrews 11: 17-19
(Hebrews 11:12- And so a whole nation came from Abraham, who was too old to have even one child—a nation with so many millions of people that, like the stars of the sky and the sand on the ocean shores, there is no way to count them.) Abraham sacrificing Isaac was a representation of what was to come.
Many prophets prophesied about Jesus and how He would restore us back to God. They spoke about what God told Abraham when He changed His name from Abram to Abraham. Although God didn’t mention Jesus, He was talking about His plan for our redemption. Just like Abraham didn’t withhold his son, God didn’t withhold Jesus and sacrificed Him for us. (John 3:16- For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.)
2. How would you explain the Gospel to an unbeliever?
(Genesis 22:13- Then Abraham noticed a ram caught by its horns in a bush. So he took the ram and sacrificed it, instead of his son, as a burnt offering on the altar.) If you replace a couple words in that scripture, this is the Gospel: God took Jesus and sacrificed Him, instead of us as an offering for our sin.
(2 Corinthians 5:21- For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.) God didn’t want the Israelites to give Him any offerings with any flaws because their sacrifice was a representation of what was to come. Jesus was perfect and He had no flaws. (1 Peter 2:22- He never sinned, never told a lie.)
3. What did you think about this video?
Even though Jesus was innocent, He had to be the one that was crucified. It wasn’t fair for Barabbas to be released, but it had to happen this way because we all are Barabbas and Jesus took OUR place on the cross.
4. What does this verse mean to you? (Romans 12:1- And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind He can accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask?)
Jesus was a living sacrifice for our sins. He left heaven because we were doomed to die in hell and He wanted us to be with Him.
5. What did you get out of tonight’s lesson?