Come To The Light - March 14, 2021

Bible Study “Come to the Light”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

In the first two Sundays of Lent, Mark, brilliantly expresses and reveals the preparation Jesus experienced. During the next three Sundays John adds shimmering lights on Jesus’ ministry before we read about the Crucifixion, where we watch, from wherever we are, what Jesus must go through in order to give us Easter. These six scenarios invite us to take a closer look at the choices we are making in our lives and what we might choose to discard, correct, or add.

 

Opening Prayer:  Thank you, God, for loving us so much. Thank you for being so patient with us. And thank you for Jesus. Help us to follow him. Amen.

 

In this week’s Gospel Jesus patiently prepares his followers for what is to come. Jesus is to be "lifted up" so that he may then lift up all of us. The light has come into the world – a light some will seek at all costs. For others, the darkness is preferable rather than brightness of the light. God reaches out to all of us, sending the Son into the world so that all might be saved through him. We do not know what the disciples made of this revelation. Our concern is what we make of it and what realignment we may be called to make.

 

Please open your Bibles to John 3:14-21 and read or read the scriptures below. 

John 3:14-21

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[a] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[b]

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Reflection Questions:

  • Jesus knows that Good Friday and Easter are soon to come.  On Good Friday Jesus dies on the cross and everyone thinks the story is over, but on Easter, they see that Jesus is resurrected and will show us the way to be with Jesus even after we die.
  • What is Jesus telling the people when he says, "the Son of Man must be lifted up?"
  • Jesus talks about darkness. Who likes to be in the dark?
  • What happens in the light?
  • What happens when we do "what is true" – when we choose to follow Jesus?
  • Where do you see light or Jesus’ love in the world today?

Below are the answers to the 2nd through 4th questions above.  Pick the current answer:

The light of Jesus shines on us and helps us to do what we are supposed to do.

People who are doing stuff they should not be doing.

That he will be resurrected and bring all of us with him – in time.

Everyone can see what is happening.

 

 

Click her for the young learner’s lesson

 

 

Videos (Click on the words or url)

John 3:1-21 Jesus and Nicodemus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICI62-VHKfE

Lectio Reflection - Fourth Sunday of Lent - John 3:14-21 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5Bn2f_zW-k

Song:  This Little Light Of Mine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKkbIZtqhyQ

 

Activities

Decorder:

Crossword Puzzle:

Word Search: https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/2106613/come-to-the-light/

Prayer: Write a prayer about "Obedience." -  Obedience means doing what we are supposed to do, doing the very best we can. It is not about getting an "A" but about faithfully doing the homework. It may not mean getting the soccer goal, but it is about showing up for practice and for the game.  How might you be obedient in your life?  How are you living your life for Christ?

Come to the Light: Create pictures, poems, or an piece of art that reflects where you see “the light” or God in the world today.

Light Switch Cover: Decorate a plastic standard light switch cover using colored Permanent Markers and stickers.  Also write JESUS IS THE LIGHT from today's Bible lesson about the top of the light switch.  Use this for your light switch in your bedroom.

Prayer:  "Thank you, God, that you so loved the world that you gave us your only Son. Amen.”