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Transcript of Love
-They were considered inferior to men
-Most had no authority
-They had to listen to their husbands or fathers.
-They rarely made their own decisions. Jesus treated women differently than how society treated them:
•Jesus treated men and women as equals.
•Jesus accepted women as his friends. He had many female supporters and accepted them all as his companions.
•Jesus talked to women, some of whom he never met before, although it went against society’s customs.
•He taught women and believed that they had the same capability to learn as men.
•Jesus appeared to the women after His Resurrection. This shows His bond with women and how He accepted them as his followers. How does Jesus' teachings of love affect us today? "Love one another as I have loved you." John 13:34 What do you think that the law of love means? 31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of man glorified, and in him God is glorified; 32 if God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, 'Where I am going you cannot come.' 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." -John 13: 31-35 It is important to remember that Jesus didn’t say that all men would know we are Jesus disciples by our doctrinal stances, or our ability to preach and teach. Jesus tells us that the way we will get others attention is when we are able to love one another. To walk with brothers and sisters in Christ is more than an option, we need to do this if we expect God to be glorified on the earth. Bible Passage: Question 1: Explain the Bible passage: Today's Women:
Jesus' acceptance and love of all people can be used today in our lives. Many times, the men in society are looked upon as being superior to women. Often in the workplace, women are degraded. In our lives we see many women put down because of their gender: unfair pay, unequal benefits, and unfair advantages are common. Often they are seen as too weak and too frail. Jesus saw women differently, though. He saw women as intelligent, strong believers, and capable of great faith. Jesus expressed His love to all men and women, and treated them equally.
-Learning about Jesus’ society is important because it helps us to understand why Jesus would say what He said. The society He lived in would have influenced his outlook on life.
Here are some facts about the society in which Jesus lived in:
During time of Jesus, the three key leaders were Tiberius Caesar-emperor of Rome, Pontius Pilate-governor of Judea, and Herod-the ruler of Galilee. These people all had the same style of ruling: they were cruel, ruthless, and harsh in their approach to keep power. They disapproved of Jesus’ mission and teachings since they feared that it would cause a rebellion.
The Pharisees were religious leaders who focused on the strict following of Jewish laws and tradition. Another elite class was the Sadducees who were noble, aristocratic priests who sought to compromise with the Roman officials to preserve their influence. They highly opposed Jesus because he threatened their power. Jesus called them hypocrites since they did not have the best intentions in their good deeds. However, when they would test Jesus and set him up for failure, Jesus always responded with respect. -Jesus often reached out to those on the bottom of the social pyramid. They included, but were not limited to: the poor, sick, women, children, and tax collectors. Jesus did not keep his love to the people in high society. He gave his love out to ALL people, whether sick or healthy, rich or poor, and He preached to us to do the same. Has your opinion changed after the lesson plan? Question 3: Women in society Jesus and His Love Question 2: Jesus and His Followers The twelve disciples were ordinary men whom God used in an extraordinary manner. Among the twelve were fishermen, a tax collector, and a revolutionary. The Gospels record the constant failings, struggles, and doubts of these twelve men who followed Jesus Christ. After witnessing Jesus' resurrection and ascension into heaven, the Holy Spirit transformed the disciples into powerful men of God who turned the world upside down. Even during death, they loved their executers. Andrew, while hanging on the cross for two days, kept preaching to his tormentors until he died. Peter told his crucifiers to turn the cross upside down because he was not worthy of having the same death as his Lord. The disciples were beheaded, stoned, thrown off a building, or sent to a labor prison. They became martyrs out of love for Jesus and His teachings. As followers of Christ, we have responsibilities ourselves. It might not require to become a martyr, but we do have to love everyone. It is hard to do that, but Jesus is asking us. In John 13: 34, Jesus says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. This commandment is extremely important because Jesus’ love is indescribable; our love should be the same. Question 5: -Jesus still loved those who did not support His mission. Even when dying on the cross, He prayed to God and asked for forgiveness of the people who murdered Him.