Saturday, February 19, 2011

Jesus - Human and Divine

So last week we found out we need to be perfect, even as God is perfect.  And, no surprise, we cannot do it.  Just can't.  But it's okay, because Jesus can, and did, and does for us.  So... how can he do it?

This week we're adapting a lesson from the Emerging Youth blog, which is worth checking out.  Jesus: Human and Divine.

Split into 2 groups: human and divine.  Give each a poster paper, and ask them to put on evidence that Jesus is what their group has.

After a few minutes, support them with these scriptures:

Team Human: Matt 8:24, Matt 21:18, Mark 3:5, John 11:35, John 11:36, John 12:27
Team Divine: Matt 1:21, Luke 1:31-32, 1 Thess 1:10, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 1:8

When both teams come back, create a Venn diagram about which qualities, characteristics and attributes intersect with both natures.

The link above has other resources, including videos and songs (some of my favorites), that go well with this lesson.

One of the resources is this tremendous poem, which was new to me.

One Solitary Life by Dr. James Allen Francis
He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty
He never wrote a book
He never held an office
He never went to college
He never visited a big city
He never travelled more than two hundred miles
From the place where he was born
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness
He had no credentials but himself
He was only thirty-three
His friends ran away
One of them denied him
He was turned over to his enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
The only property he had on earth
When he was dead
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend
Nineteen centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
And the leader of mankind’s progress
All the armies that have ever marched
All the navies that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life.

Photo credits: Joseph Y. Go @ Flickr

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