Acts 2:24 [NASB95] “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”
The Holy Spirit describes the “agony” of death as labor pains – unpleasant, to be sure, but only temporary. Just as death was unable to hold Jesus, it’s unable to hold all who have the Holy Spirit living inside them.
- Have you ever thought seriously about your own death? How does the idea of your body dying make you feel? What aspects scare you? What aspects excite you?
- For the Christian, death is only a temporary condition. How does that affect your feelings about loved ones who have died? How does it affect your feelings about dying?
- How would a lack of that concept change the way you think about life and death?
Romans 8:11 [NASB95] “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
Jesus didn’t just die and come back to life to give you eternal life, He did it to bring vitality to this life. As we say all the time, He wants you to have life abundantly!
- What’s an area (or areas) of your life that could use God’s vitality in it?
- Life on this side of eternity will never be pain-free, but it can definitely be better.
- How should Jesus’ sacrifice impact the decayed areas of your life? What part should you play in a return to vitality in those areas?
3. Prayer Focus
When you pray today, thank God that death is no longer the bitter end for you. Tell him about the area(s) in your life that need His life in them, and ask Him to revitalize them as you do your part to give Him full leadership over them.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
“In God’s House”
1. Power Verse
Psalm 23:6 “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”
What’s Up: “I Will Live In God’s House Forever!”
This is our final week studying Psalm 23, and we learn perhaps one of the most valuable lessons from verse six. God invites us to live with Him forever in Heaven!
As Review, Try and have your child recite Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley. I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”
- Have you enjoyed learning Psalm 23?
- What has been your favorite verse to learn about? Why?
- Why do you think it is so important for us to remember to view God as our “shepherd?”
- Do you know what verse 6 is trying to teach us?
David, the psalmist who wrote the 23rd Psalm is talking about Heaven. He is reminding us that life on Earth is not all there is for us, but that someday we can go to Heaven and live with God forever!
Do you think it makes life and hard times easier if we can remember that some day we get to go to Heaven and live with Jesus? Do you know what you have to do be able to live with God in Heaven someday?
4. Prayer Focus
Take time to talk with your child/children about the concept of salvation and asking Jesus to forgive their sins. If this is something your child has already done, pray with them that they will stay connected to God and live for Him so that they will someday spend eternity in Heaven with Him. Pray for each member of your family.
I was studying the second chapter of the book of Acts this morning and came across one of my favorite verses.
It’s Acts 2:24
“But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep it’s hold on him.”
Wow! I love the fact that it was impossible!
It almost sounds like death tried and wanted to hold him but it was simply out of the realm of possibilities. Death was outmatched, overpowered, outwitted, incapable, too weak, too puny, insufficient, unable!
Death had butterfingers! Death was disqualified, feeble, impotent, inadequate, incompetent, ineffective, ineligible, inept, inexperienced, inexpert, inproficient, insufficient, losing, naive, not equal to, not up to, poor, powerless, unable, uncool, unequipped, unfit, unqualified, unskilled, unskillful, unsuited to keep it’s hold on Jesus!
Death tried but found itself to be amateur, amateurish, awkward, bungling, bush-league, clumsy, disqualified, floundering, helpless, ineffectual, inefficient, ineligible, inexpert, insufficient, maladroit, not cut out for, not equal to, not have it, out to lunch, raw, unadapted, unequipped, unfit, unfitted, unhandy, uninitiated, unproficient, unqualified, unskilled, untrained, and useless!
I could go on but you get the point.
There are things that you and I consider insurmountable but that Jesus doesn’t consider at all! Our greatest enemies are nothing to him.
Even a thesaurus comes up short when trying to capture God’s abilities!