Matthew 3

The Pointer and the Point

The Big Picture

At the beginning of your lesson, build anticipation by introducing the setting and the significance of what is about to happen in this week's story. {5 minutes}

The prophets in the Old Testament did all sorts of amazing things. Moses’s face glowed after he met God on the mountain. Isaiah saw a vision of God on a throne surrounded by angels with six wings. Elijah the Tishbite had a unique name, and he also dressed funny. “He wore a garment of [camel’s] hair, with a belt of leather about his waist” (2 Kings 1:8). But these stories paled in comparison to the importance of their message. They not only called God’s people to live in a way that rightly reflected God but also pointed forward to a special rescuer. The prophets were pointers. One of them, Malachi, pointed to another prophet—a very special prophet—that would come later. God called this special prophet “my messenger” and “Elijah the prophet.” He also said he had a big job: to “prepare the way” for God to come to earth (Mal. 3:1; 4:5). Who could this new Elijah be? Would he dress funny like Elijah did? What would he do? All four Gospel writers—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—tell us that this special prophet was John the Baptist. And he was a pointer too. So who will this lesson be about? John the Baptist? Or the one John the Baptist pointed to—Jesus?


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