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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Booklet

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The Truth Shall Set You Free

THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE

Memory Verse: John 8:34-36

 

Bible Truth: Jesus Christ sets us free.

 

Through Jesus we are free from the fear of death, free from our sins, free from being alone, free to have a new life.

John 8:34-36 NKJV

“Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

I. WE DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR DEATH

There are people that have not heard the truth about God’s hope for today and tomorrow – His Son, Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”

They do not know that their sins can be removed so they live under the weight of their transgressions. Spiritual darkness and dread on their final day is their existence, never understanding that freedom from sin comes through faith in Jesus Christ and that death isn’t to be feared.

Acts 4:12 NKJV

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Believers don’t fear the One who takes away sin. Instead, they look to Jesus Christ for their salvation, knowing that through Him their wrongdoings have been pardoned at the cross. We can have forgiveness and hope beyond the grave. When the end comes for believers they will be welcomed into the presence of their loving Lord; instead of an end, it is a beginning.

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part I.

1. Why do you think some people are afraid to turn to Jesus for salvation and help?

 

2. Read John 3:16. How do we receive everlasting life?

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”

3. Read John 3:36. What happens to a person that does not believe in Jesus Christ, God‘s one and only Son?

 

 

John 3:36 NKJV

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

4. What does redeemed mean?

 

5. Read 1 Peter 1:18-21. We have not been redeemed with corruptible things. What were we redeemed with?

 

 

1 Peter 1:18-21 NKJV

“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

6. Read Hebrews 12:2. Why did Jesus endure the cross?

 

 

Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

7. Read Romans 10:9. How does Romans 10:9 apply to your life?

 

Romans 10:9 NKJV

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

8. Read John 1:29. Who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world?

John 1:29 NKJV

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

9. How should believers feel about death in regards to someone‘s passing?

 

13. How has Jesus taken the fear out of death?

 

14. According to John 14:1-3, why should we not be afraid of death?

 

John 14:1-3 NKJV

““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
In My Father’s house are mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”

II. WE ARE FORGIVEN THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

The Bible tells us that only Jesus Christ has the authority to forgive sins; that God sent His Son into the world not to condemn but to remove the burden of sin and the shame. Sadly, this truth is lost on many people – young and old. There no sin is so great that God will not forgive. When a person asks for forgiveness their soul is flooded with relief. God promise, “Come to Me and I will give you rest” is available to every one. Even though there may be hidden sins that create a burden of guilt, God is ready to offer forgiveness and fill our heart with peace. All we have to do is ask.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part II.

1. Many people carry a heavy burden of guilt because of sin. Why do you think they refuse to reveal their sin to God?

 

2. What does condemned mean?

 

3. Read John 3:17-18. Why did God send His Son to this world?

 

John 3:17-18 NKJV

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”

4. Read John 8:12. What does Jesus mean in John 8:12?

 

John 8:12 NKJV

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

5. Read 1 John 1:9. When we confess our sins to God, what will He do?

 

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

6. Read Romans 5:1. We can have __________________ with God through Jesus.

 

Romans 5:1 NKJV

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

7. Why do you think we should want others to hear the gospel?

 

 

8. Read Matthew 11:28 and Isaiah 26:3. Christ has promised to take our burdens on Him. When we are heavy laden, He will give us _______. He will keep us in perfect __________________.

 

Matthew 11:28 NKJV

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

III. GOD IS WITH US ALWAYS

Being a child of God doesn’t guarantee that we won’t face trouble in our lifetime. However, God’s comfort and loving-kindness is in the midst of our hardship. So when trials happen – and they will – God promises to be with us now and forever. But whatever the crises – serous illness, financial loss, domestic abuse, or impending death – God promises to be at our side.

 

Matthew 26:36-45 NKJV

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.”
And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

When we pray, God hears our pleading just as He heard Jesus’ prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane. Nonetheless, Christ obeyed His Father’s will and faced the cross knowing that God’s love surrounded Him.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part III.

1.In the past, what did you do to overcome fear, and how did your faith in God help?

 

2. Jesus faced a night of intense emotional anguish before being arrested. Hoe did Jesus handle this situation?

 

3. God is with us when we face challenging times. Read Hebrews 13:5-6. What reassurance does Hebrews 13:5-6 give?

 

 

Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

4. Read Romans 8:38-39. What reassurance does Romans 8:38-39 give?

 

Romans 8:38-39 NKJV

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

5. Read Psalm 23. What reassurance does Psalm 23 give?

 

 

Psalms 23 NKJV

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

6. Read Psalm 46:1-3. What reassurance does Psalms 46:1-3 give?

 

 

Psalms 46:1-3 NKJV

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah”

7. Read Psalm 118:6. What reassurance does Psalms 118:6 give?

 

 

Psalms 118:6 NKJV

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

IV. A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

Instead of seeking God as a pathway to forgiveness, there are many that turn to myths and New Age philosophies. These cults present ideas as truth that do not agree with the Bible but are adhered to by many, including prominent figures. These people never acknowledging their evil deeds or truly repent. We only have to look at news accounts of groups who have followed beliefs that took control of their lives. In each account their belief system and leader failed them. Instead of myths and New Age philosophies, we need to base our belief system on God’s Word. There we learn that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. And when we accept God’s gift of salvation, we are changed, made whole, and given a new purpose. It’s a new way of living – one that is filled with joy.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part IV.

1. Reflect on some of the false beliefs that exist today. How are these New Age philosophies or cults incongruent with the scriptures?

 

2. What tragic news- making events have occurred in the past because of untruths disguised as religion?

 

3. Read Ephesians 5:1-2. Believers in Jesus Christ must _________________ Him and they must ______________ in love.

 

Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

4. What does imitate mean?

 

5. Read Psalm 89:1. Believers in Jesus Christ must make known God’s ________________________ to everyone.

 

Psalm 89:1 NKJV

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”

6. Read Colossians 3:23. Whatever a believer in Jesus Christ does, it must be done as if they are doing it for the _______________.

 

Colossians 3:23 NKJV

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men”

7. Read 1 John 3:18. Believers are to love in their words and in their ________________.

 

1 John 3:18 NKJV

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth”

8. Read John 13:34-35. How will people know if you are a disciple of Christ or not?

 

John 13:34-35 NKJV

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study – “Jesus Sacrificed”

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Hebrews 12:2  NKJV

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

2. Philippians 2:5-8  NKJV

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

3.  Hebrews 12:3  NKJV

“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

4. John 13:3-9  NKJV

“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple’s feet, and to wipe them with the towel which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, are You washing my feet?’ Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, ‘You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, ‘If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.’ Simon Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!’”

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

5. Matthew 24:36  NKJV

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study – “Who Do You Say I Am?”

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

 

 

 

 

1. Matthew 16:15  NKJV

“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

2. Matthew 16:13-15   NKJV

“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Who

do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some

Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?”

 

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

3. John 3:16  NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

4. John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

5. John 14:9-11 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not know Me, Phillip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the work. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”

 

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

6. John 17:21  NKJV

“That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; That they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

7. Hebrews 12:2  NKJV

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

8. Matthew 16:13-19  NKJV

“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

 

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

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Who Do You Say I Am?

Who Do You Say I Am?

Memory Verse: Matthew 16:15

Life Application: I need to worship Jesus for who He is.

 

Matthew 16:13-15   NKJV     “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Whodo men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, someElijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?”

     To truly worship Jesus, we must acknowledge Jesus’ relationship with the Father, the sacrifice He paid and who He is.  One definition of worship is to ascribe value to someone or something. You only value what you acknowledge as valuable. How can a person worship, ascribe value to, Jesus if you do not know who He is? Or what agony He suffered for them?

We must acknowledge Jesus’ relationship with the Father.

Jesus is the Son of God and He is the only way to the Father.

John 3:16  NKJV     “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 14:6 NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John 14:9-11 NKJV    “Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not know Me, Phillip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the work. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”

John 17:21  NKJV     “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; That they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

We must acknowledge Jesus’ sacrifice.

Jesus’ entire life centers around sacrifice and pleasing the Father. Jesus’ attention was not on the pain and agonies of the Cross, but on the joy that it would bring the Father. Jesus focused on the reward instead of the suffering.

Hebrews 12:2  NKJV     “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” 

We must acknowledge Jesus for who He is.

To truly reverence Jesus you must know who He is. Reverence is a feeling of deep respect mixed with wonder, awe, and love. When you reverence someone you will have great respect for them. We must worship Jesus for who He is.

Matthew 16:13-19  NKJV     “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Review

1. We must acknowledge what in order to truly worship Jesus?

2.  Write your definition of worship.

3.  Look up the word “valuable” and write out the definition.

4. According to John 14:6, how many ways are there to God?

5. What did Jesus’ life center around?

6. When Jesus was suffering, what did He focus on?

7. When we are suffering or going through a trial, what should we focus on?

8. Look up the following Bible verses and write down how Jesus is described.

Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah 7:14

John 1:29

Revelation 22:13

John 11:23-25

Revelation 19:12-14

John 6:35

John 10:9

John 1:17

1 Peter 1:15-16

Revelation 20:11-15

John 10:11-16

John 14:6

John 15:1

Revelation 21:22-23

James 5:9

Psalm 18:2

John 19:19

Romans 11:26

1 Corinthians 5:7

Matthew 3:17

Matthew 16:16

Luke 2:11

Revelation 21:6-8

9. Who had revealed to Peter who Jesus was?

10. Who did Peter say Jesus was?

11. Who do you say Jesus is?

12. Does your life reflect who you say Jesus is?

13. Write a prayer asking God to help you reflect Jesus in everything you do and say.

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Jesus Sacrificed

Memory Verse: Hebrews 12:2

Life Application: We must acknowledge Jesus’ sacrifice.

 

Jesus’ entire life centers around sacrifice and pleasing the Father through sacrifice. Jesus’ attention was not on the pain and agonies of the Cross, but on the joy that it would bring the Father. Jesus thought on the reward instead of the suffering.

Hebrews 12:2  NKJV    

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Jesus sacrificed just to come to this earth.

Jesus left a home in glory to come to a world filled with sin. He left the presence of His Father. Jesus made know God the Father by completing the work that God sent Him to do. Jesus looked forward with anticipation to the Father restoring Him to the glory He had in heaven before He came to the earth.

John 17:4-5 NKJV    

“I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You  before the world was.”

Jesus sacrificed while here on earth.

Jesus sacrificed many things while here on earth for each one of us.

Philippians 2:5-8  NKJV    

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

     Jesus sacrificed the comforts of a home. A home is a place of privacy and security. A person can rest and feel safe in their own home. In your home you receive the love and encouragement of your own family.

Matthew 8:20  NKJV    

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’”

Luke 9:58  NKJV    

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’ ”

     Jesus was rejected by many. When you reject someone, you refuse to believe them or what they have to say. The things that they say are thought to be useless or unsatisfactory. In essence, the person is “thrown away.”  Throughout the Bible, Jesus is pictured as a stone that was thrown away, discarded, then later used as the most important stone, the chief cornerstone.

Psalm 118:22  NKJV    

“The stone that the builder’s rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone.”

Matthew 21:42  NKJV    

“Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone

This was the Lord’s doing

And it is marvelous in our eyes.’”

      Jesus was ridiculed and mocked. When a person is ridiculed they are laughed at and made fun of. Their words and actions are laughed at scornfully. They are made light of, and imitated in a despiteful way.

Matthew 27: 27  NKJV    

“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and  gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.”

Matthew 27:41-43  NKJV    

“Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, ‘He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

     Jesus was hated by many while here on earth. He was disliked and detested. He encountered hostility everywhere He went. He suffered much hurt and harm on our behalf.

   Hebrews 12:3  NKJV    

“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls”

     Jesus was acquainted with grief. He experienced great sadness and heavy sorrow while trying to reach out to man in love.

Isaiah 53:3  NKJV   

  “He is despised and rejected by men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”

     Jesus was despised by man. Everywhere He went He encountered scorn.

Isaiah 49:7  NKJV    

“Thus says the Lord,

The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, To Him man despises,

To Him who the nation abhors,

To the Servant of rulers: Kings shall see and arise,

Princes also shall worship,

Because of the Lord who is faithful,

The Holy One of Israel; And He has chosen You.”

     Jesus suffered  humiliation. Some people tried to make Him feel ashamed. He was struck on the back and He was stripped of His clothing. During this time period people that were thought to be fools were struck on the back.

Proverbs 19:29  NKJV    

“Judgments are prepared for scoffers,

And beatings for the backs of fools.”

     Jesus was treated with contempt. When you feel contempt for a person, you feel that the person is low and worthless. During the time of Jesus, if you cut a man’s hair it showed that you felt contempt for him.

Isaiah 50:6   NKJV    

“I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting”

     Jesus was tortured and beaten. When you torture someone you inflict very severe pain in hatred or revenge, as a means of extortion, or to force a person to confess. Man tried to force Jesus to say that He was not God’s Son by inflicting great pain upon Him.

John 19:1-3  NKJV    

“So Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ And they struck Him with their hands.”

    Jesus was made poor. The offering that was given at His birth by Mary and Joseph was a poor man’s offering.

Luke 2:22-24  NKJV    

“Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord’), and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.’ ”

     Following the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary went to the temple in Jerusalem in accordance with the law. The offering that they gave was a pair of birds. Birds were given after the birth of a child if the parents could not afford to buy a lamb.

Leviticus 12:8  NKJV    

“‘And if she is not able to bring a lamb, then she may bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons—one as a burnt offering and the other as a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’”

     Jesus made Himself low. He put aside the fact that He was the Master and became a servant. One example of this was when He washed disciples feet.

John 13:3-9  NKJV    

“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple’s feet, and to wipe them with the towel which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, are You washing my feet?’ Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, ‘You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, ‘If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.’ Simon Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!’ ”

     It was the custom during this time for guests to have their feet washed before sitting down for a meal. The lowest servant or a slave was the person assigned to the task of washing the feet. During the Passover meal, Jesus Himself, got up from the table and washed the disciples feet. Jesus, the Master humbled Himself and became the servant.

Jesus sacrificed while on the cross.

Jesus suffered on the cross for the sins of all humanity. As Jesus hung on the cross, God the Father had to turn away from His Son. While Jesus was on the cross all of our sins were placed upon Him. He became our sin offering. God is a holy God and can not look upon sin, therefore He had to look away from His very own Son, Jesus Christ. As God turned away from Jesus it caused darkness to supernaturally cover the earth from the sixth hour until the ninth hours. For three hours darkness covered the earth.

Matthew 27:45-46  NKJV    

“Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’”

     Around the ninth hour, Jesus gave a loud cry of victory and then He yielded up His spirit. The purpose for Him coming to earth was fulfilled. Our redemption was accomplished. The price for our sins was paid in full.

Jesus is still sacrificing His will for the Father’s will.

Jesus is in heaven anxiously awaiting His bride, the church. He does not know when He will be able to come and take His bride – only the Father knows.

Matthew 24:36  NKJV    

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

     Jesus has paid the price for His bride, prepared a home for her, and now He is waiting for the Father to tell Him when to sound the trumpet that will call her to the home prepared for her.

Review

1. Jesus’ entire life centers around _____________________ and ___________________ the Father through sacrifice.

2. Jesus sacrificed just to come to this earth, ________________ here on earth, and while on the _________________.

3. Jesus made know God the Father by __________________________________ the work that God sent Him to do.

4. How can I make known the Father?

5. Jesus experienced great ___________________ and heavy ______________ while trying to reach out to man in love.

6. Jesus put aside the fact that He was the ______________________ and became a servant. One example of this was when He washed disciples feet.

7. How can I be a servant?

8. While Jesus was on the cross all of our sins were placed upon Him. He became our ___________________    ___________________________.

9. As God turned away from Jesus it caused ____________________ to supernaturally cover the earth for three hours.

10. Jesus has paid the ________________ for His bride, __________________________ a home for her, and now He is __________________ for the Father to tell Him when to sound the trumpet that will call her to the home prepared for her.

11. As a group discuss ways that we can acknowledge Jesus’ sacrifice.

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