Prepared by William Earnhardt for Sabbath School class on Sabbath, November 12, 2022.
Main Theme: We can be sure that Jesus rose from the grave and that He gives us victory over death.
Read in Class: Matthew 27:62-66. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: How did these actions only help provide the world later with more evidence for the resurrection of Jesus?
Apply: Has God ever freed you from a situation where you thought there was no way out? Can you tell us about it?
Share: Your friend suggests that the disciples did steal the body of Jesus to make it look like He was resurrected. What do you share with your friend? Keep in mind that all but one disciple was martyred for preaching about the resurrection. What does that tell us? See also How do we Know the Disciples Didn’t Just Make Everything up?
Read in Class: Matthew 28:1-6, John 10:17-18 and Romans 8:11. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: Who was directly involved in the resurrection of Jesus?
Apply: Some scoff at the idea that the first people to see Christ resurrected were Romans. Why? In what ways is this truth symbolic of what was to come: the gospel going to the Gentiles, as well?
Share: Your friend says we are supposed to keep Sunday holy as a memorial to the resurrection. What do you tell your friend? What memorial to the resurrection do we find in Romans 6:3-6?
Read in Class: Luke 24:13-27 and Luke 24:44-49. What is the main idea of these passages?
Study: Why did Jesus take them to the Scriptures instead of just letting them recognize them?
Apply: Do you put more faith in what you see or what God’s Word says? When what you see seems to contradict God’s Word do you put faith in what you see or in what God’s Word says?
Share: Your friend asks you, exactly where in Scripture did Jesus take the disciples to show them what was to happen to the Messiah? What do you tell you friend? See The Messiah in Prophecy.
Read in Class: Matthew 27:51-53, 1 Corinthians 15:20 and Deuteronomy 26:1-11. What is the common thread of these passages?
Study: In what sense did Paul refer to the risen Christ as “the first fruits of those who have died?”
Apply: No matter how bad things can get now, why can we trust in God’s ultimate victory for us as we still struggle in this fallen world?
Share: Who can you share the hope we have in the resurrection with this week?