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Distribute the following list of famous last words. Ask students to match each quote with itsauthor. (If you use student books, you will findthe exercise printed there.)
1. “How were the [circus] receipts today atMadison Square Garden?” 2. “I have offendedGod and mankind because my work did notreach the quality it should have.” 3. “That was agreat game of golf, fellers.” 4. “All my posses-sions for a moment of time.” 5. “Lord, help mypoor soul.” 6. “I … am now quite certain that thecrimes of this guilty land will never be purgedaway but with blood!” 7. “Don’t turn down thelight. I’m afraid to go home in the dark.” 8. “Lastwords are for fools who haven’t said enough.”A. Bing Crosby; B. P. T. Barnum; C. 0. Henry;D. Queen Elizabeth I, of England; E. John Brown(American abolitionist executed in 1859 for lead-ing a raid); F. Leonardo da Vinci; G. Edgar Allan Poe; H. Karl Marx.
Answers: 1.11; 2F; 3A; 4D; 5G; BE; 7G; 8H
After going over the answers, ask student show these final quotes might reflect the character and lives of their authors. For example Edgar Allan Poe was an alcoholic who also suffered from severe depression for much of his adult life. John Brown was convinced that the only way to end slavery in the United States was to start a re-volt. When you have finished your discussion, say, “Today’s lesson will focus on some of Jesus’ last words to His disciples. Those words will re-veal important things about Him.”
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Each student will pair up with another to complete both activities below. Allow pairs several minutes to complete the first activity. Then discuss their conclusions as a class, using the les-son commentary to guide the discussion.
Follow the same procedure for the second activity. Provide pens and paper for students to use, or direct their attention to the student books where the activities are printed.
Activity A. Read John 14:1-14 and discuss with your partner the nature of Jesus’ relationship with the Father by answering these questions:(1) What do Jesus’ statements about preparing a palace for us (vv. 2-6) tell us about His relation-ship to the Father? (2) What did Jesus mean when He said, “He that hath seen use hath seen the Father” (v. 9)? (3) What reason does Jesus give for the works that He will enable His disciples to do (v. 12)?
Activity B. Read John 14:6 and discuss with your partner what Jesus meant when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (1) How does Jesus constitute the only way to reach God?(Compare to John 10:9; Acts 4:12.) (2) What did Jesus mean when He called himself “truth”?(Compare to Ephesians 1:13; 1 John 2:4.) (3) In what ways does Jesus embody life for the believer? (Compare Matthew 16:25; 19:29; John3:36; 6:35; Romans 5:10-18.)
Using the commentary on John 14:12-14, ex-plain the relationship among Jesus’ miraculous works, the works of His disciples, and the Holy Spirit’s use of those works to convict the world of sin. You may find that John’s “purpose statement” in John 20:30, 31 will enrich your class discussion.
Next, ask each pair of students to write a brief meditation (100 words or less) on one of Jesus’ miracles as recorded in John’s Gospel. Assign each pair one of these passages: John 2:1-11;4:43-54; 5:1-15; 6:1-15; 6:16-21; 9; 11:1-44. The meditations should answer these questions: (1)What did Jesus do? (2) What effect did the miracle have on the faith of those who witnessed or experienced it? (3) What effect should it have on our faith today?
Collect the meditations and compile them into booklet. Distribute copies of the collection to your students at the next class period. Ask them to use them as part of their daily devotions forth week ahead. Suggest that they read one meditation each day.
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