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Life of Jesus--Laminated Wall Chart
Luke 9:28-36 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" -- not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.The Jews waited for a Messiah, a savior, from God. Because the Messiah was described in scripture as a King and a mighty savior, they were expecting a man who would take control of the country and make Israel great again. But the scriptures also described the Messiah as a sacrifice, a man of peace, rejected by his people. Jesus performed many miracles to prove that he was from God, even though he wasn't a physical King or powerful ruler. This was confusing to many, even the disciples.
When Peter, James and John saw Jesus shining brightly and speaking to two powerful prophets of old, they were amazed. They wanted to worship. That in itself is a natural reaction. But Peter proposed that all three men be worshipped equally. All three men, Moses, Elijah, and Jesus were messengers from God. But only one, Jesus, was the Chosen one, the Anointed, the Messiah. To make this clear, God himself made himself known. He spoke to the disciples and told them to listen to Jesus, because this Messiah was not just a man, He was the very son of God.
Since we have the entire Bible to read, and we know how the story ends, it's hard for us to see how the disciples would be confused. But there are still people today who are confused about Jesus. Many people think He was simply a wise teacher. Others will say he was a messenger from God, but deny his deity. God himself said that Jesus is the savior of the world and His only begotten son. If we deny that, we make God a liar.Discussion: Peter wanted to worship those who he knew were great. In Jewish times worship involved building a special place to offer prayers and sacrifices. What does our worship entail? How do we worship Jesus in our lives?
Craft: Build a tabernacle (tent). Use florist foam for the ground. Stick thin dowel rods at four corners to make the poles, and a slightly longer one in the middle to hold up the ceiling. Drape a small felt piece or cloth over, cutting a door on one side. Make a small alter inside from a small box or cardboard.
Sing:The wise man built his house...
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John 17:28 "I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father."Review Questions for gameboard linguistic questions