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Lesson Forty - Three

LIFE

MEMORY VERSE: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me. John 14:6.

BIBLE PASSAGE: John 15:5-19
INTRODUCATION: From time immemorial people have been asking “Why was I born” why did God make me? Why am I here? What is the purpose of life? What is the meaning of life? What is life itself?” Various people give various answers, some say, “Life is the union of soul and body.” This may be true of humans, but not of plants. Some say it is the period between birth and death. This of course is not true for life exists before birth and after death. But only Jesus has the answer (Jn. 11:25, Jn. 14:6).

LESSON OUTLINES
1.   WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF LIFE?
2.   HOW MANY TYPES OF LIFE ARE THERE?
3.   HOW LONG IS THE LIFE SPAN?
4.   WITH WHAT CAN LIFE BE COMPARED?
5.   WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE?
6.   CONCLUSION.

1.   WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF LIFE?
Where did we get life from? The answer of course is, from our parents. And where did they get it from? From their parents. Inevitably one goes back to Eden and the creation of man (Gen. 2:7). So that it is easy to see that all life comes from God (1 Jn. 5:11-20). No wonder Jesus said, “I am the life” since Jesus is God.

2.   HOW MANY TYPES OF LIFE ARE THERE?
The Bible speaks of three kinds of life:
(a) Physical life which was given to man at the time of creation.
(b) Spiritual life which is the new life that God gives to the believer in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:1).
(c) Eternal life which is the nature of the Lord God Himself.

3.   HOW LONG IS THE LIFE SPAN?
Before the flood that destroyed the first world, the length of life of man was an average of 846 years, (Gen. 5). After the flood, the life span was reduced to 393 years (Gen.11). in time of Moses, there was a further reduction to 70 years (Ps. 90:10).

4    WITH WHAT CAN LIFE BE COMPARED?
(a) Life is like a journey (Gen. 47:9). We are traveling on this journey whether we like it or not. Birth is an     automatic start. To some it is a long journey but to some it is short. Whether it is long of short, provided it     ends in Jesus then all is well that ends well.
(b) Life is like a dream (Ps. 73:20). Most dreams last at most a few minutes and soon after waking up most     dreams are forgotten. Similarly, some people live and are forgotten as soon as they die. But those who live     for Christ live forever. For example, how many of the contemporaries of the Apostles are remembered     today?
(c) Life is like a shadow (Ecc. 6:12). A shadow is much a poor imitation of the real thing. Similarly our      physical life is a very poor imitation of eternal life just as 70 years is a poor imitation of eternity.
(d) Life is like a vapour (James 4:14). How quickly it vanishes away! That is why it is wise to lose this life in      order to inherit the next because the next life never vanishes away.
(e) Life is like a tale (Ps. 90:9). Life is like an interesting story that is soon told and the people look for another      form of entertainment. But when we have been in heaven for a thousand years, we shall just be beginning      eternity and our joy will just be starting.
(f) Life is like water spilt on the ground (11 Sam. 14:14). In a moment, the earth absorbs the moisture and it     disappears.
(g) Life is like a flower (Job 14:2). First we see the blade, then the leaves and afterwards the beautiful bud.     Slowly it opens and we gasp at its beauty. Then it withers and is gone so soon, so quickly.

5.   WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE?
Life is a moment of time in which to prepare for the long, long, eternity. In this brief, fleeting time called life, we are asked to answer one question. “Where do you wish to spend eternity? Is it forever with the Lord Jesus in heaven or with Satan in a burning hell?” The purpose of life is to let you personally choose the abiding place of your soul! Have you made the choice yet?

6.   CONCLUSION
To choose Christ is to choose life, for Christ is life (Phil. 1:21). Today, make the right decision. Allow Jesus into your heart today and your case is settled once and for all.

QUESTIONS
1.   What is life?
2.   Where did life come from?
3.   With what can you compare life?
4.   What is the purpose of life?

FURTHER READINGS: Ps. 89:47, Job 14:1, Jn. 3:16, Rev. 3:20.