TEACHING BIG IDEA:
There is no shame for those who trust in Jesus, because Jesus restores life to those who trust in Him.
In the beginning of creation, God and mankind were in a relationship with no shame. Adam and Eve broke humankind’s relationship with God, resulting in the judgment of sin and with the consequence of shame upon everyone. The mission of Jesus was to defeat the power of sin and eliminate its shame. Crucifixion was one of the most shameful ways to die; yet Jesus endured the cross to show God’s love for us. On Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross. The resurrection proves that Jesus is God, that God loves us, that Jesus defeated the power of sin, and that Jesus removes the shame off those who trust in Him. In spite of the horrors of how Jesus died, He had joy that He would restore all who trust in Him to a life without shame. While there are earthly consequences to sin, Jesus takes the eternal punishment of our sin and the consequences of shame. Therefore, when we trust in Jesus, we are resurrected with Jesus, being made new without shame and not under the power of sin.
TALK IT OVER (Discuss One or More):
Can you imagine the life of Adam and Eve before the first sin? What do you think it was like? What evidence is there that Adam and Eve had shame after they sinned against God?
If God knew that humankind would sin, why did He create humankind anyway? In other words, why did God create humans with the ability to disobey?
Sin leads to shame and Jesus had a mission to defeat sin and shame. The Old Testament provided a system of sacrifices to deal with sin and shame. Explain why Jesus, as the unique Son of God, had to come with that mission even though there was a system already established.
What evidence is there that the resurrection of Jesus actually happened? Explain the importance of the resurrection. What if the resurrection didn’t happen? Could we be OK with God?
Sin has consequences, both here and now, and eternally. Explain the consequences that can occur here and now. Explain how Jesus deals with the eternal consequences. What happens with the shame of sin?
By trusting Jesus you become wanted and loved by God. Is there any reason that you cannot trust in Jesus now?
Other Scriptures to Read:
- 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
- Revelation 21:4
- Psalm 103:8-12
- Acts 2:21