Sunday School Christian
“Therefore let us leave behind the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity … .”
(Hebrews 6:1. E.S.V. here and throughout.)
As Christians, there are some very basic facts that we agree on. In the first instance, we begin with Christ. We understand that “Christ” is a title meaning Anointed(One) designating a man named Jesus.
This man Jesus lived about 2000 years ago in Roman occupied Israel. He was raised in Nazareth about 75 miles by foot from Jerusalem where the Jewish people had their Temple. He visited Jerusalem on multiple occasions and eventually was killed there. He is not a myth, but a genuine historical figure. He lived and breathed as we do.
His life, as ours, began with conception. Unlike ours, his conception was by the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:35) We often refer to the virgin birth, but it was actually a virgin conception – a supernatural event.
He was born in Bethlehem, about 5.5 miles from Jerusalem. Having been born to a Jewish mother, he was circumcised 8 days after his birth. (Luke 2:21) Further, he was presented at the Temple in compliance with Jewish law. (Luke 2:22) Jesus was a Jew, an Israelite.
He obviously studied what is our Old Testament, because at the age of 12 he was impressing the Jewish leadership with his understanding of the Law contained therein. (Luke 2:42, 47)
As a God fearing Jew of his day, he was baptized by John at which time the voice of God was heard saying, “This is my beloved, with whom I am well pleased. (Matthew 3:17) Another supernatural event.
After this, he spent 40 days in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-11) He was tempted by Satan to follow him and abandon God. Another supernatural event.
Successfully thwarting the enemy’s plan, he began his mission of delivering the Father’s good news. During this time, he healed the blind (Luke 18:35-43), the lame (Luke 5:16-26), the deaf (Mark 7:31-37), the leprous (Luke 5:12-13), and others. More supernatural events.
He raised a dead girl back to life. (Luke 8:49-56) And, shortly before he was killed, he raised Lazarus back to life after he had been dead for 4 days. (John 11:38-44) More supernatural events.
We know that he was killed by being severely beaten and nailed to a cross. And we know that 3 days later he was raised from the dead. For us, this is the ultimate supernatural event, for “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17)
After his resurrection, he appeared to his disciples who were behind closed doors. (John 20:19,26) And on one occasion appeared to more than 500 people. (1Corinthians 15:6) More supernatural events.
Then some 40 days after his resurrection he visibly went up to heaven. (Acts 1:3,6-11) Another supernatural event.
Some time later, he appeared to Saul/Paul. (Acts 9:17) One more supernatural event.
There are many other supernatural events in Jesus life, but by now you get the point. His life as a true human being is immersed in the the supernatural. He is both man and God. (John 1:1-3,14; Colossians 1:19)
As well as these things, we know that he was sinless. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Through him all things were created. (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16) He is the image of God. (Colossians 1:15) He holds all things together. (Colossians 1:17) Because of his death, our sins are forgiven. (1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Peter 3:18) Because he lives, we can live in eternity with him in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)
All of these things are basic Sunday School teachings. None of it is complicated. It is all simple basic truth about the man Jesus who is the Christ. It’s supernatural.
To be continued.