Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

10 March 2010

Jesus - the Name above all Names

I have just come home from teaching two Scripture lessons at our local primary school.  This was my second class for the year.  Last week we looked at names...finding out what our own names mean (Meredith apparently means "guardian of the sea"), wondering why our parents chose those names for us (if we were named after someone or if there was some sort of history behind the choice) and so on. 

Today, after a lightining quick tour of the Bible (two sections, 66 books, chapters and verses and summarising the Old Testament as the history of the people of Israel as they waited for Jesus to come to earth and the New Testament as being all about when Jesus came - his birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension - and what various people as a result of Jesus' time on earth) we looked at just a few of the names Jesus is given in the Old and New Testaments.  Via a fast, fierce, fun and highly competitve game we looked at seven short passages from Isaiah, Matthew and Luke and ended up with this list...

Messiah (or Annointed One)
the Son of God
Emmanuel (God with us)
the holy Son of God
Christ the Lord
King of the Jews
Son of the Living God
Wonderful Counsellor
Prince of Peace

Having explained some of the more technical terms and allowing the children to complete the obligatory word sleuth in their workbooks, I read the list out again very slowly and quietly and then asked the question, "Even before we learn anything about Jesus from the Bible, before reading any stories at all, what do we learn about what Jesus is like just by knowing these names?  Was he just an ordinary man?"

They got it.  And I got it just a little more deeply too.  What a fantastic lead in to Easter.


Stephanie said...

Meredith, this sounds like a great lesson. How wonderful it is that God is using you to bring the glorious truth of the Lord Jesus to these children. Praying for you as you teach Scripture this year.

Meredith said...

Thanks Steph. Yes, I am grateful to God, as are the other Scripture teachers around here, that the material the Ed. Dept. is wants us to use is looking really good this year.

And I was also thankful to God for this particular lesson. I felt I hadn't put in enough prep on this one and was repenting of that fact as I walked to school, praying that God would take nothing and turn it into something. And He did.