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Storying Scarf: Pictures 15 - 21

 

Jesus heals a young girl

Jesus has power over death

Transition - Discuss stories of Jesus up to this point, emphasizing his power and identity. Point out that only God can control nature and evil. Today we’ll see how He is the master over death.

Scripture - MK 5:35-36

Visual Aid - White cloth (grave clothes)

Jesus was teaching and healing and many people came to him with problems.

One time a leader in the house of prayer came to him begging him to come and heal his daughter. She was very sick

The girl's father said, “If you come and lay hand upon her she will be made well.”

Jesus followed him to his house.

Before arriving, heard wailing and mourning. People said, “Your daughter is dead.”

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe. Don’t lose faith. She is not dead. She is only sleeping.”

The people mourning laughed. [They knew what death looked like.]

Jesus sent people out of room except for girl's parents, Peter/James/John

Jesus told her, “Little girl, get up.” She opened eyes and got up.

This surprised everyone. Jesus told them to give her something to eat [She was not a ghost or a zombie.]

Jesus left the house. The girl was fine.

(Encourage the people to think of what their response would've been if they had gone to a funeral and this had happened!)

 

Jesus feeds a multitude

Jesus cares for people’s needs

Transition - Review previous stories of Jesus, emphasizing power and identity. Today we see how he cares for his people.

Scripture - LK 9:16,17

Visual Aid - Bread. Dry fish. Basket

 

More and more people followed Jesus.

They wanted to hear him. They wanted to be healed.

Thousands of people were with him day and night.

Once, Jesus and followers left them behind and went to a desolate place.

More than 5000 people followed him to this place.

Evening came and the people were hungry. Followers said, “Send them away so they can find food.”

“Where will they find food? You give them food.” Food for this many people = 200 day's salary.

All we have is one boy’s food: (5 loaves and 2 fish)

They sat down in groups.

Jesus took the boy’s food, thanked God, and broke the bread.

Jesus gave each of his 12 followers some food and had them distribute it (to 10-15,000 people.)

After everyone had enough, disciples picked up the leftovers.

Twelve baskets of food remained when the people were full.

Because of this, the people wanted to make Jesus their king.

Jesus knew this was not God’s plan, so he left and went away to a lonely place to pray.

 

Jesus Heals a Blind Man

Jesus has power over illness

Transition - Again, emphasize Jesus’ power and accomplishments. Also emphasize the thousands that were following him and tell how this upset the religious leaders. They were only interested in keeping their power. This story shows how Jesus had power over illness.

Scripture - JN 9: 31-33

Visual Aid - Mud

This story is complicated, really two stories, so prepare well! Jesus' identity is too much to leave out!

Jesus went to the place of prayer on the day of prayer. As He left the place of prayer, He saw a blind man begging.

Jesus’ followers asked, “Who sinned and made this man blind?”

“No one sinned. He is blind to show the power of God.”

Jesus took clay rubbed it in blind man’s eyes. Jesus told blind man to go and wash eyes.

The blind man went and washed his eyes and began to see!

The people saw him and asked, "Is this not the blind beggar?"

Some said, "It is not him¼ it only looks like him… It IS him!"

Religious leaders asked, “How were you healed?”

"Jesus healed me. He is a prophet. He took mud and put it in my eyes. I washed it off and now I can see."

“No, he is a sinner.” [They feared Jesus and anything new.]

“Can a sinner heal someone?” You are leaders but you refuse to see the truth!

Ex-blind man said, “If any man worships God and does his will, God hears him. No one since the beginning of the world has healed a man born blind. If he was not from God he could do nothing.”

Later Jesus found him and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”*

“Who is He that I may believe.”

“It is the One you now see, speaking to you.”

“I believe.”

*Jesus' identity as Son is usually denied by Muslims, so you may experience rejection if you emphasize this.

 

The Lord’s Supper

Jesus showed us what good leaders are like and showed us how to remember him.

Transition - Discuss briefly the previous stories about Jesus. Point out that thousands had followed him, but the religious leaders were very angry. They were going to get him and He knew it. So He gathered his followers together for the last time together before He died.

Scripture - MT 26: 26-28

Visual Aid - Towel, basin, bread, drink

Jesus was in Jerusalem and had preached until the religious leaders were angry with Him.

The religious leaders were prepared to arrest Him.

Jesus gathered his disciples for a meal and teaching.

His ministry was coming to a close.

Jesus told them this was their last meal together for a while.

Jesus got up, took off outer clothing. Put towel around waist.

Jesus told his followers “You need to wash each other’s feet.”

The disciples hesitated, but Jesus insisted that he wash their feet.

Jesus said, "This is an example for you, that leaders should be servants."

He also reminded them, "Follow my commands."

After this, Jesus identified Judas as a betrayer.

Judas got up and went to betray Jesus.

Then Jesus gave thanks for the food and broke the bread.

He said, this is another example for you: “This is my body broken for you.”

“Remember me when you eat it.”

Then Jesus took the drink and passed around the cup and said, “This is how my blood will be poured out for you. This is an example of God’s new promise to you. Remember me when you drink.”

After this, Jesus talked to His followers and then went outside the city to pray.

 

The stories of the Baptism of Jesus and the Lord's Supper are included to communicate that these two ordinances of the church were part of Jesus' life and should be part of every Christian's life. In a Muslim milieu, present these stories matter-of-factly and allow the listeners to draw their own conclusions. To Muslims, baptism is a very serious step, but there is no such thing as a Christian awaiting baptism in the New Testament!

 

The Arrest and Crucifixion of Jesus

He gave his life for us.

Transition - Review the activities of Jesus and discuss how these made the religious leaders afraid. Jesus knew they were angry with him and would kill him. He ate one last meal with his followers and taught them to remember him with bread and drink.

Scripture - I PT 3:18

Visual Aid - Large nail

Note that this picture illustrates a very injured Jesus. Muslims often empathize with His mistreatment.

After the last supper, Jesus and His followers went outside the city to pray.

While Jesus was praying, Judas brought the soldiers to arrest Jesus.

The soldiers took Jesus to the religious leaders. The soldiers beat Jesus and tried to get Him to confess [lie].

Jesus refused. The leaders took Him to the king.

The king said "This man has done nothing wrong."

The religious leaders said, “Kill Him [Jesus], etc.”

King had Jesus whipped 39 times. The leaders still wanted him dead.

The soldiers beat and mocked Him. Finally king agreed to kill Jesus.

Soldiers took Jesus outside city, laid him down and nailed him to a cross.

Soldiers put big nails in His hands and feet & thorns on His head.

Soldiers stood the cross up. Jesus had horrible pain and couldn’t breathe well.

Soldiers offered Jesus wine. He refused.

Jesus died: “It is finished.”

Jesus took the punishment for the sins of the whole world.

One innocent man paid the penalty for every sinful man.

God promised that the whole world could become His people through one person.

When Jesus died, the noonday sun turned black.

The chief of the soldiers speared Jesus to prove he was dead.

 

The Resurrection

Jesus has power over his own death

Transition - Carefully review Abraham’s promise and the OT prophecies about Jesus. Then remind the hearers of the truths about crucifixion, how Jesus was severely beaten, crucified, and then verified by a master of death - the soldier.

Scripture - LK 24:1-6

Visual Aid - length of white cloth

Jesus’ followers went to the place where the soldiers killed him and collected his body and took it to a cave: a cool place. Soldiers put a big rock across the opening to the cave and guarded it.

Jesus' followers could not prepare his body for burial because it was a holiday.

Three days later, after the holiday, the women came to prepare Jesus' body for burial.

When they got to the cave, the soldiers were gone, and the stone was rolled away.

Inside the tomb, they found two angels. “Why are you seeking the living among the dead? He is not here, He is risen.”

Jesus was no longer dead. He was alive because he had power over His own death.

The women who saw the angels ran back to town where the followers of Jesus had gathered.

Jesus' followers went to the cave and found that He HAD risen.

Later Jesus appeared to followers, taught them. He ate with them.

Over 500 people saw Jesus alive, raised from the dead.

Jesus reminded them that they were to go and tell all the peoples of the world about God’s promise that He had made to Abraham.

One day, Jesus left his followers and returned to heaven.

His followers spread out into the whole world, telling people about Jesus and telling them how to glorify God.

 

He waits

Jesus is still alive and people can glorify God through him.

Transition - Review stories about original sin, God’s promise to Abraham, his saviors and the Savior. Discuss the power that Jesus displayed. Then briefly review that he was killed as payment for all our sins, and that he rose again to prove that he had power over death and had defeated Satan. He visited his followers and sent them out into the whole world. Now he lives in heaven, as the king of the earth. And, he lives in the lives of his followers.

Scripture - John 14:6

Visual Aid - None - Last picture on scarf. Note that the risen Jesus is standing in a road and holding up one finger.

This outline is merely ideas for making a presentation that will challenge hearers to accept Jesus.

Like Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, we are all sinners.

As we saw in the story of Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah, God hates sin. He punishes sinners.

As we saw in the story of Adam and Eve, Cain, Noah, Moses, and Jesus, God has mercy on those who He loves.

Long ago God promised to Abraham that all people of the world would glorify Him through one of Abraham’s descendents. These descendents of Abraham became the people of God.

God knew that all people would sin and could not glorify Him.

God sent a savior to rescue all people in the world from their sins.

That savior is Jesus.

Long before Jesus was born, prophets told that He was coming and that He would give his life for many.

Jesus came. He had power over nature. He had power over evil. He had power over death. He loved people. He had power over sickness. He was full of power and love.

Many people were afraid of Jesus. They were happy in their religion and traditions. They liked the power over other people they got from their religion. They feared new things.

They harassed Jesus, arrested him and put Him to death. Jesus knew this would happen. He predicted it, but He told his followers that He had power over His own death.

To prove this, Jesus rose from death after three days.

Jesus is alive. He is the first and the last. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the father except by me.”

The scripture says “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, God gives them power to become his children.”

Won’t you have faith in Jesus, now? He is waiting on you to give your life to him. He is waiting for you to turn away from sin. You cannot do it on your own. But, He will make you a new person.

Then you can glorify God.

He is waiting for you, for every man, woman, boy, girl, teenager, to follow him.

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