Father help me to remain on the original foundation which is the Lord Jesus Christ.
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” -1Corinthians.3:11
*BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 1:18·25*
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
TEXT REVIEW: MATTHEW 1:18-25
The mysteries surrounding the birth and name of Jesus Christ go beyond scientific or natural permutation. Some of the mysteries are stated below:
*i.* The mother was a virgin, Matthew 1:23.Prophet Isaiah declared the prophecy of His birth over two hundred years before it happened, yet, it happened as prophesied. Isaiah 7:14
*ii* The conception was of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18.Because Joseph the espoused husband did not have any sexual affair with Mary before and after the announcement of the conception. Matthew 1:18 and Matthew 1:25
*iii* To remove doubt or fear, the angel of the Lord came to give the confirmatory approval of the origin of the conception. Matthew 1:20
*iv* The angel of the Lord announced the name of the child as “Jesus” which was uncommon name and gave the meaning as “The Saviour” from sin. Matthew 1:21
*v* The prophetic declaration of the name of the Lord Jesus as “Emmanuel” in Isaiah 7:14 and Matt 1:23 which means “God with us” complements the angelic announcement of the name “JESUS” which means Saviour because only God can save and that God has manifested in the flesh. I Timothy 3:16 Luke 1:47
*vi* The biological mother of Jesus (Mary) and Joseph, His guardian, were holy people who feared the Lord. The Bible called Joseph “a just man” Matt. 1 :19 i.e. holy person and “Son of David” Matthew 1 :20. He was obedient to God. Matt. 1:24 Mary was a virgin. Matt. 1:23 and a believer of God’s word. Luke 1:38.
The name JESUS, is the Greek form of the Hebrew word JEHOSHUAH or Joshua. It signifies ‘Saviour’, or ‘Jehovah saves’. No one ever bore this name with so much justice, nor so perfectly fulfilled the signification of it, as Jesus Christ, who saves from sin and hell, and has merited Heaven for us by the price of His blood. It was given to Him by divine appointment (Mt 1:21), as the proper name for the Saviour so long desired. The name CHRIST, meaning the ‘Anointed One’, ‘The Messiah’, was His official name. Every Christian must know some foundational truths about Jesus and the honour attached to His name
To study about Jesus, name upon which foundation other spiritual structures are built
LESSON OUTLINE 1 = *FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS ABOUT JESUS*
*1)* The birth of Jesus Christ was announced by God’s angel. Matt. 1:18
*2)* Mary the mother of Jesus was highly favoured. Luke 1:26-33; Isaiah 9:6
*3)* Jesus is God revealed in the flesh. John 1:14; 14: 9
*4)* All things were created through Jesus. Heb. 1:2; Col. 1: 16-18; John 1:3
*5)* Jesus’ earthly ministry was laced with miracles, signs and wonders. Acts 10:38
*6)* The lifestyle of Jesus was characterized by holiness integrity and power of the Holy Spirit. Mark 1:32·34. John 14:30, Matt. 7:24·29
*7)* Jesus was loaded with life and demonstrated divine wisdom, knowledge and understanding. I Cor. 1:24
*8)* Jesus was our substitution for sin. He died our death. Ezek 18:4; I John 1:9; Matt. 1:18·21; Isaiah 53:4-10; I Peters 2:24, Gal. 3: 13
*9)* Jesus was crucified on the cross, died and rose again on the third day. Luke 24:5-7
*10)* Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to His followers and thereafter returned to Heaven. Acts 8: 1·3; I Cor. 15:58; John 14:3
*11)* Jesus rules overall things. Heb.1:3; Mat. 28:18
*Class Activity 1:*
Class should discuss who Jesus is to them.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: = *HONOURED WITH A SPECIAL NAME*
*1)* The Lord Jesus humbled Himself to death and obtained an exalted name above all names. Phil 2:5-11.
*2)* At the mention of Jesus’ name, all knees, which include demons, sicknesses, circumstance, etc., must bow. Phil. 2:10
*3)* In the name of Jesus,’ prayers, petitions, requests, supplications, decrees, etc. are answered by God. John 15:16; James 4:15
*4)* The name of Jesus is the surest foundation upon which all spiritual structures are built. I Cor. 3:11
*5)* The name of Jesus is the only name given to men to be saved. Acts 4:12
*6)* The name of Jesus is also known as Emmanuel, Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Isaiah 9:6; Matt 1:23
*7)* Through the name of Jesus there is total freedom from sin. John 8:32·36
*8)* Those who know the name Jesus and use it in holiness will wax strong, do exploit and cause demons to tremble. Dan. 11:32; Mark 16:16·18
*Class Activity 2:*
Class should discuss what the name Jesus has done to them
Jesus is the Lord. His name is the name above all other names
Jesus is the foundation and roof of all spiritual structures
*EVALUATION:* Who is the Lord Jesus Christ?
Father, help me to continue to build my faith and hope always on the Lord Jesus Christ.
This Post was adapted from RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL OCTOBER 22, 2017.