Sunday 20th November 2022
In this Sunday School we will praise Jesus as our King, and look forward to the coming of his kingdom, including:
- Lesson – Luke 23:33-43: tells us how Jesus is a King who uses his power not to oppress or control but to liberate and redeem. His concern is not to protect what he has, but to ‘save others’, even at the cost of his own life.
- Activity: Discuss what it has meant to be a king in the time of Jesus (e.g. Herod the Great) and how Jesus was a different kind on King.
Lesson – Luke 23:33-43
33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Discuss what it has meant to be a king in the time of Jesus (e.g. Herod the Great) and how Jesus was a different kind on King.