Penelope Potter Ss.T
"GOOD MORNING MISS POTTER!"
"Is everyone ready to begin their Sunday School lesson for today?"
"YES MISS POTTER!"
"Very good. Then we will begin. Today's lesson is about seeing Jesus. But first let's refresh our memory and take a look at what we've been learning this past month. Can anyone tell me what we have learned? Yes Bobby? What have you learned?"
"I learned I'm not supposed to look at other people when they do bad things but to look at me and tattle on myself."
"Very good Bobby. We're not to judge others, but to judge ourselves and change ourselves into what God wants us to be. Suzie? What is it you learned?"
"I learned that I'm not supposed to pretend to be something I'm not. I'm supposed to be me and not a hypnotist."
"That's right Suzie. We're to become integrated and honest with ourselves, with each other, and with God. We're not to be hypocrites. Jimmy, you have something to say?"
"Yes Miss Potter. I learned that Suzie is the prettiest girl in the world."
"Oh Jimmy, I am not."
"What we have been learning is how to see those things that are right before us that we often miss because we're looking in the wrong direction or we have become distracted by something that is unimportant. And that distraction might seem important to us at the time, and it might be interesting, but it keeps us from seeing what we're supposed to see. Can anyone give me an example of a distraction that seems important? Yes Mary?"
"Yes Miss Potter. I don't know what a distraction is. Is it like at the movies where they show the coming distractions?"
"I think you mean coming attractions. But there is a similarity. Distractions are things that catch our attention and move it away from what we are trying to do. Yes Paul, do you have something for us?"
"I think I know. It's like when my kitty gets on my desk at home and I want to pet him instead of do my school work."
"Oh! Oh! Me! I got one Miss Potter!"
"Yes Martha? What would you like to say?"
"Maybe it's like the devil when he gave that woman an apple to eat when she wasn't supposed to eat apples. I think she was allergic to apples or something. Is that a dispaction Miss Potter?"
"That's a very good example of a distraction Martha. Can anyone tell me what was wrong with Adam and Eve eating the apple? Yes Billy?"
"My momma says apples are good for me. Why did God tell us not to eat apples Miss Potter?"
"It's not apples God told Adam not to eat Billy. We just call it an apple because we don't know what kind of fruit it was. The idea is that Adam and Eve did what they were told not to do. Their sin wasn't in what they did, but that they did what they were told not to do it. Can anyone give me an example of doing something that isn't bad in itself, but is bad if told not to do it? Yes Jane?"
"My momma sometimes tells me to go outside and play when she wants to clean the house or talk on the telephone. My momma says it's ok for me to go outside. But sometimes she says I can't go out and play because it's raining or something. If I go out and play when momma says not to, then I get in trouble."
"That was a very good example Jane. Yes Leroy?"
"I have on my good clothes now because it's Sunday. But if I wear these clothes to play baseball, I get in trouble. Is that a good thing that is bad sometimes?"
"Yes it is Leroy. That's a very good example. And we have just had an example of something else, did anyone catch what it was? Yes Peter?"
"Miss Potter? I thought we were going to learn how to see Jesus. I want to learn how to see Jesus. Can we learn how to see Jesus today?"
"Very good Leroy. What you have done is brought us back to the subject of the day. Can anyone tell me what we were just doing? Yes Billy?"
"I think we was disattracted Miss Potter. Like petting the kitty."
"Exactly so Billy. We were petting the kitty when we should have been doing our school work. There's nothing wrong with petting the kitty, but there is a time and a place for it, and the kitty always wants to be petted, doesn't he children? Now, take your Bible and open to John chapter nine. Leroy, would you like to read verses 39 to 41 for us please?"
"Yes Miss Potter. And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.' Miss Potter, Jesus could make blind people see, couldn't He? Why didn't He make these blind men see?"
"Not all blind people are blind in their eyes Leroy. Some people are blind in their heart and they just don't want to see what is right in front of them. Do any of you ever try not to see what's right in front of you? Yes Jonathan?"
"Miss Potter, I like to ride my bike real fast and not stop for anything. But sometimes I come to a stop sign and I have to stop. I want to close my eyes and pretend like the stop sign isn't there or play like I didn't see it. Is that what you mean Miss Potter?"
"That's a very good example Jonathan. Do you ride your bicycle through the stop sign without stopping?"
"Oh no Miss Potter. I might get in trouble, and I might get runned over by a car or something. I don't like to, but I stop and look both ways like I'm supposed to."
"Good for you Jonathan. That means you're not blind."
"Miss Potter? Jesus did lots of things like making people well when they're dead and things like that. Why would anyone not see that He was special? Didn't they like Jesus?"
"Remember your kitty when you want to do your homework Paul? Well, these men had their kitty that demanded their constant attention just like your kitty does. They called their kitty 'the law of Moses' and they couldn't get their eyes off their kitty to see what God was trying to give them through Jesus. They couldn't see Jesus because they were looking for the flaws, the mistakes He might make so they could discount Him and His message. It's like Jonathan on his bicycle, wanting to pretend like the stop sign wasn't there so they could continue to go through their intersection without looking both ways."
"Miss Potter? Last week we looked at Suzie and her dress. We saw flowers and a dog foot print. Were we being blind like these guys?"
"Yes you were, Timothy. But there is a difference. What did you do when you discovered you were looking at Suzie's appearances and not at her? Yes Jimmy?"
"I looked at Suzie. She's the pret..."
"Yes, we know Jimmy. But you're right. When you realized you were looking at the wrong things, you changed and began looking at Suzie and not at how she appears to be, or how you wanted her to be. That is what we must do in order to see Jesus. Yes William?"
"I think if Adam and his wife didn't look at the apple, or listen to the snake, maybe they would of kept their eyes on God and what He told them to do and we could see Jesus better than we do. Do you think so Miss Potter?"
[See Learning to See for part 1]
6For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (James 1:)
15even as our beloved brother Paul . . .speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction . . .beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2Peter 3:)
1they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, (Acts 17:)