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  • ing, “Joseph, son of David, donot be afraid to take to youMary your wife, for that whichis conceived in her is of the HolySpirit. 21And she will bringforth a Son, and you shall callHis name JESUS, for He will saveHis people from their sins.”22Now all this was done that itmight be fulfilled which wasspoken by the Lord through theprophet, saying: 23“Behold, avirgin shall be with child, andbear a Son, and they shall callHis name Immanuel,” which istranslated, “God with us.” 24ThenJoseph, being aroused from sleep,did as the angel of the Lord com-manded him and took to him hiswife, 25and did not know her tillshe had brought forth her first-born Son. And he called Hisname JESUS.Matthew 1:18-2518Now the birth of Jesus Christwas as follows: After His motherMary was betrothed to Joseph,before they came together, shewas found with child of theHoly Spirit. 19Then Joseph herhusband, being a just man, andnot wanting to make her a pub-lic example, was minded to puther away secretly. 20But whilehe thought about these things,behold, an angel of the Lord ap-peared to him in a dream, say-LESSON 1. THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST, OUR SAVIORSomething to DoA. After each question you will find a blank space on which toprint or write your answer. If you cannot answer the question,read the lesson again. All the answers are found in the lesson.1. What was the name of the mother of Jesus? ________(verse 18)2. Jesus was conceived of the __________ __________(19).This shows us that God is the Father of Jesus because theHoly Spirit and God are one.1FORWARDThis study of Matthew has been written for ANYONE whomay be interested in a simple presentation of the wonder-ful gospel story. There is no greater message to tell theworld!It is hoped that people around the world will find thislittle book helpful in understanding God’s written Wordbetter, and that many will seek Jesus Christ as their ownpersonal Savior from sin if they have not already done so.May this book also inspire every believer to live a morebeautiful, consecrated Christian life every day, pleasing theLord Jesus Christ, who came to give us eternal life.----------------------------------------------Copyright © 1963, 2005 by Mrs. Rose A. Goodman----------------------------------------------“JOY”— A Bible Study on Matthew is published by:WORLD MISSIONARY PRESS, INC.P. O. Box 120New Paris, Indiana 46553-0120 USA----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -A Bible Study on Matthew is distributed free of charge.Please observe that it is NOT for mass distribution in evangel-istic outreach, but is designed for small-group Bible study, indi-vidual study, or follow-up for new believers.The Bible text used is from the New King James Version © 1979, 1980, 1982,Thomas Nelson, Inc., Publishers. Used by permission.Cover art by Andrew Beverly.
  • 23. Who appeared to Joseph in a dream and toldhim, “Do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, forthat which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit”?an ___________________________(20)4. Another name for Jesus is given which begins with I.What is it? _________________________(23)5. What does the name Immanuel mean? __________________________ ___________(23)B. Learn this verse:“You shall call His name JESUS; for He will save Hispeople from their sins.” —Matthew 1:21bWhy Jesus Can Save Us from Our SinsJesus had no human father.The Holy Spirit is His Father. Thisis why His blood is divine andthis is why He could die on thecross for our sins. Jesus was aperfect sacrifice for sins becauseHe had no sin. Jesus is pure andholy. Jesus came especially tothis earth to save us from oursins! That is why we can call Himour Savior. He came to save us.JESUS IS GOD —HE CAME IN HUMAN FORMLESSON 2. THE WISE MEN VISIT JESUSMatthew 2:1-231Now after Jesus was born inBethlehem of Judea in the daysof Herod the king, behold, wisemen from the East came toJerusalem, 2 saying, “Where isHe who has been born King ofthe Jews? For we have seen Hisstar in the East and have cometo worship Him.” 3When Herodthe king heard these things, hewas troubled, and all Jerusalemwith him. 4And when he hadgathered all the chief priests andscribes of the people together, heinquired of them where theChrist was to be born. 5So theysaid to him, “In Bethlehem ofJudea, for thus it is written bythe prophet: 6‘But you, Bethle-hem, in the land of Judah, arenot the least among the rulers ofJudah; for out of you shall comea Ruler who will shepherd Mypeople Israel.’” 7Then Herod,when he had secretly called thewise men, determined from themwhat time the star appeared.8And he sent them to Bethlehemand said, “Go and search dili-gently for the young Child, andwhen you have found Him,bring back word to me, that Imay come and worship Himalso.” 9When they heard theking, they departed; and be-hold, the star which they hadseen in the East went beforethem, till it came and stood overwhere the young Child was.10When they saw the star, theyrejoiced with exceedingly greatjoy. 11And when they had comeinto the house, they saw theyoung Child with Mary Hismother, and fell down and wor-shiped Him. And when they had34opened their treasures, theypresented gifts to Him: gold,frankincense, and myrrh. 12Then,being divinely warned in a dreamthat they should not return toHerod, they departed for theirown country another way. 13Nowwhen they had departed, behold,an angel of the Lord appearedto Joseph in a dream, saying,“Arise, take the young Child andHis mother, flee to Egypt, andstay there until I bring youword; for Herod will seek theyoung Child to destroy Him.”14When he arose, he took theyoung Child and His mother bynight and departed for Egypt,15and was there until the deathof Herod, that it might be ful-filled which was spoken by theLord through the prophet, say-ing, “Out of Egypt I called MySon.” 16Then Herod, when hesaw that he was deceived by thewise men, was exceedingly an-gry; and he sent forth and put todeath all the male children whowere in Bethlehem and in all itsdistricts, from two years old andunder, according to the timewhich he had determined fromthe wise men. 17Then wasfulfilled what was spoken byJeremiah the prophet, saying:18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,Lamentation, weeping, andgreat mourning, Rachel weep-ing for her children, refusing tobe comforted, because theywere no more.” 19But whenHerod was dead, behold, anangel of the Lord appeared in adream to Joseph in Egypt,20 saying, “Arise, take the youngChild and His mother, and go tothe land of Israel, for those whosought the young Child’s lifeare dead.” 21Then he arose,took the young Child and Hismother, and came into the landof Israel. 22But when he heardthat Archelaus was reigningover Judea instead of his fatherHerod, he was afraid to go there.And being warned by God in adream, he turned aside intothe region of Galilee. 23Andhe came and dwelt in a citycalled Nazareth, that it mightbe fulfilled which was spokenby the prophets, “He shall becalled a Nazarene.”5Something to DoA. The questions below can be answered with either YES orNO. If the answer is yes, print YES on the blank space afterthe question. If the answer is no, print NO on the blank spaceafter the question.1. Was Jesus born in Bethlehem of Judea?__________(1)2. Did the wise men see the star in the East? ________(2)3. Was King Herod happy to hear that Jesus was born?_________(3)4. Did the wise men go back and tell King Herod where thebaby Jesus was? _________(12)5. Did the angel of the Lord tell Joseph to flee into Egypt?__________(13)6. Did King Herod kill all the little children two years oldand under that were in Bethlehem and in all its districts?_________(16)7. Did Jesus once live in a city called Nazareth?_____(23)B. Fill the blanks with the missing words from the sentence inthe story.“And when they had come into the house, they saw theyoung Child with _________ His mother, and fell down andworshiped __________. And when they had opened theirtreasures, they presented __________ to Him: __________,frankincense, and _________” (11).
  • 6The First OfferingThe first offering to Jesus was brought by the wise men.The gift of gold was an emblem of His royalty or kingship.Frankincense and myrrh were two fragrant gums obtainedfrom trees that grow in the East and, like gold, are very pre-cious to man. The myrrh spoke of His humanity (whichmeans being born in human flesh) and His burial, while thefrankincense was a token of His divinity. We may not be ableto give Jesus such valuable gifts, but the greatest gift we cangive Him is ourselves.The Wise Men Worshiped JesusWe notice in Lesson 2 that thewise men worshiped Jesus! Theydid not worship Mary. Mary wasonly the earthly mother of Jesus,and when Jesus died on the crossHe gave His earthly mother toJohn. In chapter 19 of John, verses26 and 27a, we read, “WhenJesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciplewhom He loved standing by, He said to His mother,‘Woman, behold your son!’ Then He said to the disci-ple, ‘Behold your mother!’” Here we notice that Jesuscalled His mother “Woman!”We must be careful and worship only the Lord JesusChrist, our Savior. We must not worship idols of any kindnor other human beings. Remember in Lesson 1 we readthat another name for Jesus is Immanuel, which meansGod with us! This teaches us that Jesus is also God. So it7was a wonderful day when Jesus came to this earth as a lit-tle baby and grew up among men and women. Jesus is Godappearing to man in human flesh. (Read John 1:1, 14;Colossians 2:9; Matthew 12:50.)LESSON 3. JESUS IS BAPTIZED BYJOHN THE BAPTISTMatthew 3:1-6 and 13-171In those days John the Bap-tist came preaching in the wil-derness of Judea, 2and saying,“Repent, for the kingdom ofheaven is at hand!” 3For this ishe who was spoken of by theprophet Isaiah, saying: “The voiceof one crying in the wilderness:‘Prepare the way of the LORD,make His paths straight.’” 4AndJohn himself was clothed incamel’s hair, with a leather beltaround his waist; and his foodwas locusts and wild honey.5Then Jerusalem, all Judea, andall the region around the Jordanwent out to him 6and were bap-tized by him in the Jordan, con-fessing their sins. 13Then Jesuscame from Galilee to John atthe Jordan to be baptized byhim. 14And John tried to pre-vent Him, saying, “I have needto be baptized by You, and areYou coming to me?” 15But Jesusanswered and said to him, “Per-mit it to be so now, for thus it isfitting for us to fulfill all right-eousness.” Then he allowedHim. 16Then Jesus, when He hadbeen baptized, came up immedi-ately from the water; andbehold, the heavens were openedto Him, and He saw the Spirit ofGod descending like a dove andalighting upon Him. 17And sud-denly a voice came from heaven,saying, “This is My beloved Son,in whom I am well pleased.”8Something to DoFill the blank spaces with the right words. All the answersare found in Lesson 3.1. John the Baptist preached this message: “Repent, forthe kingdom of _______________ is at hand” (2).2. John ate __________ and _________ __________(4).3. Who came to John asking to be baptized? _______(13)4. After Jesus came up out of the water, the Spirit of Goddescended upon Him like a ____________(16).5. A voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved_________,in whom I am well pleased” (17).What Does It Mean to Repent?To repent means to feel sorrow about something we didor did not do, and there is a desire in our hearts to do bet-ter and we want to do right the next time. To repent meansto turn away from doing bad and do good. The bad thingswe do are called sins. In fact, anything that does not pleaseGod is sin. True repentance always brings a change in ourhearts. One little girl once said: “To repent means to besorry enough to quit.” If we pray to Jesus, He will help us tohave power to quit. He can change a sinful heart into aclean heart. He will take awayour sins and put His Spirit inour hearts. Have you everasked the Lord Jesus to comeinto your heart?This little girl is praying toJesus. She is confessing ortelling Jesus how sorry she is9for her sins. She is sorry for allthe bad things she has done.Jesus will hear her prayer andforgive her. He will help her todo only the right things. He willgive her a clean pure heart.Praying to Jesus every day willmake her strong to do thosethings which please Him.Unusual WitnessesThe Godhead was present at thespecial baptism of Jesus Christ:(1) God, the Father, who spoke fromheaven, saying, “This is My belovedSon, in whom I am well pleased.” (2)God, the Son, who was being baptized by John the Baptist.His human name was Jesus because He came to save usfrom our sins. (3) God, the Holy Spirit, who came down fromheaven like a dove, resting upon Jesus.How wonderful the love of God is toward us that He shouldshow Himself to us in these three ways!LESSON 4. JESUS IS TEMPTED BY THE DEVIL“If we confessour sins, He isfaithful andjust to forgiveus our sins.”1 John 1:9aMatthew 4:1:111Then Jesus was led up by theSpirit into the wilderness to betempted by the devil. 2And whenHe had fasted forty days andforty nights, afterward He washungry. 3Now when the temptercame to Him, he said, “If Youare the Son of God, commandthat these stones become bread.”4But He answered and said, “Itis written, ‘Man shall not live bybread alone, but by every wordthat proceeds from the mouth of
  • 10God.’” 5Then the devil took Himup into the holy city, set Him onthe pinnacle of the temple, 6andsaid to Him, “If You are the Sonof God, throw Yourself down. Forit is written: ‘He shall give Hisangels charge concerning you,’and, ‘In their hands they shallbear you up, lest you dash yourfoot against a stone.’” 7Jesussaid to him, “It is written again,‘You shall not tempt the LORDyour God.’” 8Again, the deviltook Him up on an exceedinglyhigh mountain, and showed Himall the kingdoms of the worldand their glory. 9And he said toHim, “All these things I will giveYou if You will fall down andworship me.” 10Then Jesus saidto him, “Away with you, Satan!For it is written, ‘You shall wor-ship the LORD your God, andHim only you shall serve.’ ”11Then the devil left Him, andbehold, angels came and minis-tered to Him.Something to DoA. Answer the questions below with answers found in Lesson 4.1. To fast means to go without food. How many days andnights did Jesus fast or go without food? ___________(2)2. Who came to tempt Jesus in the wilderness?_______________(verses 1 and 3)3. The devil wanted Jesus to turn the stones into________________(3).4. The devil wanted Jesus to throw Himself down from apinnacle of the ________________(5).5. The devil wanted Jesus to fall down and worship_______(9).B. Learn this verse: “ ‘You shall worship the LORD your God,and Him only you shall serve.’” —Matthew 4:10b11Jesus Does Not Obey the DevilThe devil tried to get Jesus to obey him. Jesus knew thevoice of Satan. (Another name for the devil is Satan, whichis used in Lesson 4.) The devil tried to get Jesus to use Hispower in a wrong way. This is called a temptation. He triedto tempt Jesus to do wrong. But Jesus did not obey thedevil. In this way Jesus overcame the devil and did not sin.Three temptations came to Jesus, but Jesus did not obeyany of them. Just think, the devil even wanted Jesus to bowdown and worship him! We must never worship the devil!It is very wrong. Jesus could have been rich in the things ofthis world if He had listened to Satan, but Jesus did notwant to be rich if it meant listening to Satan and servinghim. So we must be careful, too. We must not try to getriches by doing wrong, such as cheating or stealing or bydenying our Lord Jesus Christ. We must always put Christfirst in our lives and do His will even if it means we must bepoor. Jesus became poor for you and me so that we couldhave everlasting life and someday go to live with Him for-ever (2 Corinthians 8:9).We must never use power in the wrong way, either. Weshould always try to keep all the laws of nature and keepgood care of our bodies. Jesus taught us this when Hewould not throw Himself down from the dizzy height of thepinnacle. We must never harm or hurt our bodies on pur-pose.A Secret Jesus UsedEvery time the devil tempted Jesus to do wrong, Jesusused the WORD of GOD. This is what you and I must do.God has given us the Bible to read. The Bible is the Wordof God. Reading the Bible makes us strong. We should12learn many Bible verses to help us overcome the devil.When a temptation comes to us, it is not yet a sin. If weobey the temptation, then it is a sin. The Bible tells us inHebrews 4:15b that Jesus “was in all points tempted aswe are, yet without sin.” Jesus never obeyed any tempta-tion of the devil.Remember ThisAny voice that comes to you to try and get you to dowrong is the voice of Satan. It is not God’s voice! Rightaway pray to Jesus to make you strong so that you will notobey the voice of Satan. When Satan sees that he cannottempt you to do wrong, he will go away and leave you justlike the devil went away and left Jesus.LESSON 5. JESUS CHOOSES HELPERSMatthew 4:17-2217From that time Jesus beganto preach and to say, “Repent,for the kingdom of heaven is athand.” 18Now Jesus, walking bythe Sea of Galilee, saw twobrothers, Simon called Peter,and Andrew his brother, castinga net into the sea; for they werefishermen. 19And He said tothem, “Follow Me, and I willmake you fishers of men.” 20Thenthey immediately left their netsand followed Him. 21And goingon from there, He saw two otherbrothers, James the son of Zebe-dee, and John his brother, in theboat with Zebedee their father,mending their nets. And Hecalled them, 22and immediatelythey left the boat and theirfather, and followed Him.Something to DoA. Answer the questions on the next page in the blank spacesafter each question. All the answers are found in Lesson 5.131. What was the name of Simon Peter’s brother?___________(verse 18)2. What were these two brothers casting into the sea?a _________(18)3. James the son of Zebedee also had a brother. Whatwas his name? ___________(21)4. What were these two brothers mending?____________(21) B. Learn what Jesus said to the brothers. “Follow Me,and I will make you fishers of men.” —Matthew 4:19bA Great Call to Follow JesusThese fishermen must have been very happy to hear theLord Jesus call to them to follow Him! They obeyed prompt-ly and gladly. Instead of catching fish in their nets, now theywould be catching men for Jesus. Jesus needs many fol-lowers. In fact, He wants us all to follow Him! Are you fol-lowing Jesus? If not, why not? Have you ever thoughtabout this? The greatest call we could ever receive is thecall of Jesus Christ to come and follow Him! To follow Himmeans eternal life. In John chapter 14 verse 6b, Jesus says,“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes tothe Father except through Me.”LESSON 6. WHAT CHRIST TAUGHTMatthew 5:1-121And seeing the multitudes, Hewent up on a mountain, and whenHe was seated, His disciples cameto Him. 2Then He opened Hismouth and taught them, saying:3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, fortheirs is the kingdom of heaven.4Blessed are those who mourn,for they shall be comforted.
  • 145Blessed are the meek, forthey shall inherit the earth.6Blessed are those who hun-ger and thirst for righteous-ness, for they shall be filled.7Blessed are the merciful,for they shall obtain mercy.8Blessed are the pure inheart, for they shall see God.9Blessed are the peacemak-ers, for they shall be calledsons of God. 10Blessed arethose who are persecuted forrighteousness’sake, for theirsis the kingdom of heaven.11Blessed are you when theyrevile and persecute you, andsay all kinds of evil againstyou falsely for My sake. 12Re-joice and be exceedingly glad,for great is your reward inheaven, for so theypersecuted the prophets whowere before you.”Blessed Are the MercifulOne day a man was traveling over dangerous land whenhe met a dog with a wounded foot. This man took time tolook at the dog’s foot and found a thorn in it. He carefullytook the thorn out, washed the dog’s foot, and bandagedit with his own handkerchief. The dog then went its ownway.Some time later, it happened that this man was capturedby some Indians. He was held a prisoner and was to bekilled. All at once the Indian chief’s dog ran to this man andbegan to lick his hands and show all kinds of affection andlove for him! The Indian chief found out his dog had beensaved by this very man. He was so thankful for this kind actthat he set this man free.“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”—Matthew 5:7The BeatitudesIn Lesson 6 there are nine “blesseds.” We call these theBeatitudes. Although God gave us ten commandments,Jesus gave us only nine Beatitudes. However, in Revelation,chapter 22, verse 14, another “Blessed” has been given tous — “Blessed are those who do His commandments,that they may have the right to the tree of life, and mayenter through the gates into the city.”15LESSON 7. JESUS TEACHES US HOW TO PRAYMatthew 6:5-155“And when you pray, youshall not be like the hypo-crites. For they love to praystanding in the synagoguesand on the corners of thestreets, that they may be seenby men. Assuredly, I say toyou, they have their reward.6But you, when you pray, gointo your room, and when youhave shut your door, pray toyour Father who is in the secretplace; and your Father whosees in secret will reward youopenly. 7But when you pray,do not use vain repetitions asthe heathen do. For they thinkthat they will be heard for theirmany words. 8Therefore do notbe like them. For your Fatherknows the things you haveneed of before you ask Him.9In this manner, therefore,pray: Our Father in heaven,hallowed be Your name.10Your kingdom come. Yourwill be done on earth as it is inheaven. 11Give us this day ourdaily bread. 12And forgive usour debts, as we forgive ourdebtors. 13And do not lead usinto temptation, but deliver usfrom the evil one. For Yours isthe kingdom and the powerand the glory forever. Amen.14For if you forgive men theirtrespasses, your heavenly Fa-ther will also forgive you. 15Butif you do not forgive men theirtrespasses, neither will your Fa-ther forgive your trespasses.”16Something to DoA. Below is the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray. Some ofthe words have been left out. Look at Lesson 7 again andfill in the words that are missing.Our Father in _____________, Hallowed be Your name.Your kingdom come. Your will be done on __________ asit is in ____________. Give us this day our daily _______.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our ___________.And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us fromthe _________ one. For Yours is the kingdom and the______________ and the ____________ forever. Amen.(verses 9-13)B. Learn this prayer. It is a model prayer and a guide for alltrue prayer. From this prayer we learn many things:1. Our Father lives in heaven and He is our Father. Hemade us and loves us.2. His name is not to used lightly. His name must be keptholy. “Hallowed be Your name.”3. The will of God is being done in heaven by everybodythere. We must pray that His will be done on earth as well.If everybody did His will, how different our earth would be!4. We can make all our wishes known to the Father, evento asking for daily bread. He wants to supply all our realneeds. He will help us solve the problem of living.5. How do we forgive others? Jesus will forgive us just asmuch as we forgive others. We cannot be forgiven by Godif we have anger, bitterness, hatred, ill will or revenge inour hearts. We can only be forgiven by God for our wrongsif we truly forgive others for their wrongs to us.6. God has all power to deliver us from temptation and evil.7. God is able to do all we ask because His is the kingdom,the power, and the glory.17LESSON 8. GOD’S DAILY CAREMatthew 6:25-3425“Therefore I say to you, donot worry about your life, whatyou will eat or what you willdrink; nor about your body,what you will put on. Is not lifemore than food and the bodymore than clothing? 26Look atthe birds of the air, for they nei-ther sow nor reap nor gatherinto barns; yet your heavenlyFather feeds them. Are you notof more value than they?27Which of you by worryingcan add one cubit to his stat-ure? 28So why do you worryabout clothing? Consider the lil-ies of the field, how they grow:they neither toil nor spin; 29andyet I say to you that even Sol-omon in all his glory was notarrayed like one of these.30Now if God so clothes thegrass of the field, which todayis, and tomorrow is throwninto the oven, will He notmuch more clothe you, O youof little faith? 31Therefore donot worry, saying, ‘What shallwe eat?’ or ‘What shall wedrink?’ or ‘What shall wewear?’ 32For after all thesethings the Gentiles seek. Foryour heavenly Father knowsthat you need all these things.33But seek first the kingdomof God and His righteousness,and all these things shall beadded to you. 34Therefore donot worry about tomorrow, fortomorrow will worry about itsown things. Sufficient for theday is its own trouble.”Something to DoLearn this verse: “But seek first the kingdom of Godand His righteousness, and all these things shall beadded to you.” —Matthew 6:33The Lesson of the BirdsHave you ever watched the little birds flying through the
  • 18sky? They are happy. They have no worries. They are notafraid. Every morning they wake up singing. Each day theyare thankful for the food they find to eat. They do not worryabout food for tomorrow. They know there will be food forthem tomorrow. They trust God to take good care of them.You and I must be like the birds. We must be happy andsing praises to God every morning, every day. We must notworry about our food for tomorrow. God, who made thebirds and helps them find food each day, will help us tohave food each day also. We must trust Him. We are worthmuch more than many birds.The Lesson of the LiliesHave you ever seen lilies? They are beautiful cuplike flow-ers that often grow in the fields. They have lovely petals.Sometimes these flowers are pure white. Jesus said theselilies are clothed more beautifully than the great rich KingSolomon was! Yet the lilies do not worry what they shallwear or what they shall put on. God has given them theirbeauty and dressed them in pretty colors. You and I mustlearn to trust God for our clothes. He made us and He wantsus to trust Him for things to wear. We are worth much morethan lilies.The Most Important ThingGod’s promise to you and to me is found in the verse tolearn. We must seek God first. He must be first in ourthoughts, first in our hearts, and first in our lives. We mustlive for Him and love Him best of all and better than any-thing in the world. When we let Him be first, He will takecare of us much better than we could ever take care of our-selves!19LESSON 9. GOD’S GOODNESS TO USMatthew 7:7-127“Ask, and it will be givento you; seek, and you will find;knock, and it will be opened toyou. 8For everyone who asksreceives, and he who seeks finds,and to him who knocks it willbe opened. 9Or what man isthere among you who, if hisson asks for bread, will givehim a stone? 10Or if he asksfor a fish, will he give him aserpent? 11If you then, beingevil, know how to give goodgifts to your children, howmuch more will your Fatherwho is in heaven give goodthings to those who ask Him!12Therefore, whatever youwant men to do to you, do alsoto them, for this is the Lawand the Prophets.”Lessons From the Scripture Above1. God answers prayer and it is our Father in heaven towhom we must pray.2. The love of our heavenly Father for us is much morethan even the love of our earthly parents. Therefore He willgive us good things, or things that are good for us.3. The earnest seeker after God will be rewarded.4. All the teachings of the Bible bring out this one greattruth — to do unto others as we would have others do untous. “Others” means every living person and not just a personof your own race or creed.Something to DoLearn this key verse. It is called the Golden Rule.“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, doalso to them.” —Matthew 7:12a20What the Golden Rule Has DoneWhen men and women live the Golden Rule and followwhat it says, wonderful things happen. Here are some ofthem:1. Hospitals are built for the sick.2. Homes are built to help the poor, for children withoutparents, or for old people who have no one to take care ofthem.3. Prisons have been improved and made cleaner.4. People have been made free. They are no longer boughtor sold as slaves.5. Food and clothes are sometimes given out to thepoor.6. People love each other and try to help make burdenslighter and easier to bear.7. Leaders try to make laws or rules to protect thoseunder them.8. People are given freedom to worship God as they feelthey should.A Good Question to Ask YourselfIf you are not sure how to follow the Golden Rule in yourlife, or if you are not sure how to treat a stranger, a friend,or an enemy, ask yourself this question: “If I were in hisplace, what would I want him to do to me?” If you answerthis honestly in your heart and then do it, you will have fol-lowed the Golden Rule.21LESSON 10. THE TWO BUILDERSMatthew 7:24-2924“Therefore whoever hearsthese sayings of Mine, anddoes them, I will liken him to awise man who built his houseon the rock: 25and the rain de-scended, the floods came, andthe winds blew and beat on thathouse; and it did not fall, for itwas founded on the rock. 26Noweveryone who hears these say-ings of Mine, and does not dothem, will be like a foolish manwho built his house on thesand: 27and the rain descended,the floods came, and the windsblew and beat on that house;and it fell. And great was itsfall.” 28And so it was, whenJesus had ended these sayings,that the people were aston-ished at His teaching, 29for Hetaught them as one having au-thority, and not as the scribes.Something to DoFill the blank spaces below with the correct words fromLesson 10.1. The man who heard the words of Jesus and did themwas like a _____________ man who built his house on therock (24).2. The man who heard the words of Jesus and did NOTdo them was like a ______________ man who built hishouse on the sand (26).The Wise BuilderIf you and I want to be like the wise man, then we musthear the words of Jesus and DO them. The words of Jesus
  • 22are found in the Bible. Many words of Jesus are found inMatthew, which we are studying now. If we build our livesupon the words of Jesus and follow Him, then we can besafe when the storms of life come to us. By the “storms oflife” we mean tests, trials, hard things to bear, or maybe sadthings that come to us. Jesus Christ is like a Rock. He is sureand steadfast and cannot be moved. If we build our lives onHim, then He will hold us fast and nothing can shake us awayfrom Him. Do you want to be a wise builder? Then let Jesuscome into your heart right now. Pray to Jesus and ask Himto come into your heart. He wants to. Just open the door ofyour heart, and He will come in.A PrayerLord, forgive my every sin;Make me pure and clean within,Live in me each day, I pray;Guiding all I do and say.Jesus says in Revelation 3:20these words to you: “Behold, Istand at the door and knock.If anyone hears My voice andopens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, andhe with Me.”The Foolish BuilderSome people do not obey God’s Word. They only listenand then forget what they heard. They are like the foolish23man. When the storms of life hit them, they cannot standbut go down just like the building which was built on thesand. This is too bad. They did not let Jesus Christ comeinto their hearts and they did not obey the words of Jesus.Learn This Verse“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”—James 1:22aLESSON 11. THE WINDS AND THE SEAOBEY JESUSMatthew 8:23-2723Now when He got into aboat, His disciples followedHim. 24And suddenly a greattempest arose on the sea, sothat the boat was covered withthe waves. But He was asleep.25Then His disciples came toHim and awoke Him, saying,“Lord, save us! We are perish-ing!” 26But He said to them,“Why are you fearful, O you oflittle faith?” Then He aroseand rebuked the winds and thesea. And there was a greatcalm. 27And the men marveled,saying, “Who can this be, thateven the winds and the seaobey him?”A Storm at SeaJesus and His disciples were in a big ship out on thewater. Jesus was tired and had fallen asleep. While He wassleeping, a big storm or tempest came up and the waves ofwater got so big that they covered the ship! The discipleswere afraid, so they woke Jesus up. Jesus must have beensurprised that the disciples were afraid when He was withthem. But when He saw their faith was so small, He got up24and told the winds and the sea to be quiet. The waves of thesea became peaceful and calm. The disciples realized thathere was a Man different from any man they ever knew. Truly,this Man was the Son of God! Even the winds and the seaobeyed Him!Something to RememberYears ago a mother and her two little daughters were on abig ship in the sea. Something happened to the ship, and itbegan to sink. Some of the people on the ship were afraid, butthis mother and her two daughters loved Jesus and trusted inHim. Do you know what the oldest daughter said? She said toher mother, “Mama, the sea is His, for He made it, and so weare not afraid to go down, for we shall not be beyond Hiscare.” With shining faces they met death in the deep sea.Remember this, my dear friend, that “NO REAL HARM CANCOME TO US WHEN JESUS IS WITH US.”LESSON 12. WE MUST TELL OTHERS ABOUTJESUSMatthew 10:28-3328 “And do not fear thosewho kill the body but cannotkill the soul. But rather fearHim who is able to destroy bothsoul and body in hell. 29Arenot two sparrows sold for acopper coin? And not one ofthem falls to the ground apartfrom your Father’s will. 30Butthe very hairs of your head areall numbered. 31Do not feartherefore; you are of morevalue than many sparrows.32Therefore whoever confessesMe before men, him I will alsoconfess before My Father whois in heaven. 33But whoeverdenies Me before men, him Iwill also deny before MyFather who is in heaven.”25Confession of Christ Is NecessaryJesus Christ has promised us that if we confess Himbefore men here, He will also confess us before God inheaven. This is very wonderful. To confess Him means tostand up for Him in our actions and in what we say. Are youtelling others about Jesus and His great Power to save usfrom our sins? Are you telling other people what He hasdone for you and how He has saved you? These are someof the things we must do if we want to confess Him beforemen.However, if we are ashamed of Jesus and do not speakup for Him, and if we fail to do the things He is asking usto do for Him, then we are denying our Lord before men.This is very serious and makes the heart of Jesus very sad.We must ask Jesus to forgive us and we must trust Him tohelp us do those things which are pleasing in His sight.Then we will never know what it means for Jesus to denyus before God in heaven.We Need Not Fear ManSome men are very wicked. They do terrible things. Some-times they kill people. But they can kill only the body; theycannot kill the soul. The soul is that part of us which neverdies. When our body dies, our soul goes back to God whogave it. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after thisthe judgment” (Hebrews 9:27b). You and I will have togive an account of our actions to God. Romans 14:12 says,“So then each of us shall give account of himself toGod.” It is God that we must fear. See Ecclesiastes 12:13band 14. “Fear God and keep His commandments, for thisis the whole duty of man. For God will bring every workinto judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is
  • 26good or whether it is evil.”God has told us not to be afraid what man can do to us.They may say evil things against us falsely; they may hurtus; they may even kill us, but God says we are still to trustHim. God knows all things! He even knows how many hairsare in our head! God knows all things! He even knowswhen a little sparrow or bird falls to the ground. We are ofmuch greater value than many, many sparrows! He willnever forget us! In Hebrews 13, verse 5b, God says, “I willnever leave you nor forsake you.”LESSON 13. THE PARABLE OF THE SOWERMatthew 13:1-9 and 18-231On the same day Jesuswent out of the house and satby the sea. 2And great multi-tudes were gathered togetherto Him, so that He got into aboat and sat; and the wholemultitude stood on the shore.3Then He spoke many things tothem in parables, saying: “Be-hold, a sower went out to sow.4And as he sowed, some seedfell by the wayside; and thebirds came and devoured them.5Some fell on stony places,where they did not have muchearth; and they immediatelysprang up because they had nodepth of earth. 6But when thesun was up they were scorched,and because they had no rootthey withered away. 7And somefell among thorns, and thethorns sprang up and chokedthem. 8But others fell on goodground and yielded a crop:some a hundredfold, somesixty, some thirty. 9He who hasears to hear, let him hear!”“18Therefore hear the parableof the sower: 19When anyonehears the word of the king-dom, and does not understandit, then the wicked one comesand snatches away what was27sown in his heart. This is hewho received seed by the way-side. 20But he who receivedthe seed on stony places, thisis he who hears the word andimmediately receives it withjoy; 21yet he has no root inhimself, but endures only fora while. For when tribulationor persecution arises becauseof the word, immediately hestumbles. 22Now he who re-ceived seed among the thornsis he who hears the word, andthe cares of this world and thedeceitfulness of riches chokethe word, and he becomes un-fruitful. 23But he who receivedseed on the good ground is hewho hears the word and under-stands it, who indeed bearsfruit and produces: some a hun-dredfold, some sixty, somethirty.”What Is a Parable?A parable is a short story to illustrate or make clear amoral or religious truth.Something to DoA. Below are sentences which need to be completed. Readthe story again and then fill the blanks with the correctwords.1. Seeds that fell by the wayside were devoured by the____________(4).2. Seeds that fell on stony places did not have much________________(5) so that when the sun came up theywere__________________(6), and because they had noroot they ________________ away.3. Seeds that fell among the thorns were choked by the________________(7).4. Seeds that fell on good ground yielded a__________(8).28The Meaning Of The Parable ExplainedB. Read the lesson again for the meaning of the parableand fill the blanks with the correct words.1. The seeds that fell by the wayside are like the peoplewho hear the__________of the kingdom of God but donot_______________it (19). Then the wicked one comesand takes away the truth from their hearts.2. The seeds that fell on stony places are like the peoplewho hear the ____________ and receive it with joy (20). Butbecause there is not much room in their hearts for theWord, the Word cannot take root, and as soon as tribulationsor persecutions come along they _____________(21).3. The seeds that fell among thorns are like people whohear the Word, but they get too busy with the cares of this___________ such as housework, cooking, sewing, business,or seeking pleasure. Also the riches of this world deceivethem and choke the _____________, and they become________________(22).4. The seeds that fell on good ground are like peoplewho hear the Word, and understand it. They receive it intotheir hearts gladly and keep putting God first in their lives.Even the trials and tests and persecution cannot drive themaway. They do not let the daily cares of life come in tochoke them, and they do not have their hearts set uponriches. They are awake and watching and praying andtrusting God to help them. Therefore, they bring forthmuch ____________, some a hundredfold, some sixty, somethirty (23).29Question: What Kind of Hearer Are You?If you have not been like the seeds that fell into the goodground, go to the Lord Jesus in prayer and let Him comeinto your heart and life. He will help you bear much fruit.LESSON 14. THE CROSS AND THE CROWNMatthew 16:24-2824Then Jesus said to His dis-ciples, “If anyone desires tocome after Me, let him denyhimself, and take up his cross,and follow Me. 25For whoeverdesires to save his life will loseit, and whoever loses his lifefor My sake will find it. 26 Forwhat is a man profited if hegains the whole world, andloses his own soul? Or whatwill a man give in exchange forhis soul? 27For the Son of Manwill come in the glory of HisFather with His angels, andthen He will reward each ac-cording to his works. 28Assur-edly, I say to you, there aresome standing here who shallnot taste death till they see theSon of Man coming in His king-dom.”A Cross for EveryoneIf we want to follow Jesus, we must be willing to denyourselves and take up the cross Jesus has for us. Jesus hada cross to bear for you and me. He left all His glory andriches in heaven to come to this earth to save us fromdeath, hell, and the grave! He endured much suffering forus. Hebrews 12, verse 2b, tells us that Jesus, “for the joy
  • that was set before Himendured the cross, despis-ing the shame, and has satdown at the right hand ofthe throne of God.” Yes,Jesus is now gone back toheaven where all is glory andjoy. He wants you and me tocome and be with Him. InJohn 14, verse 3, Jesus tellsus, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will comeagain and receive you to Myself; that where I am, thereyou may be also.”What does it mean to deny yourself? It means to do with-out something in order that others might have somethingmore important. Jesus might ask you to do without yourpennies and give them to help spread the gospel messageto people who have no Bible or who have never yet heardof Jesus properly! Maybe He will ask you to go withoutfood for awhile and pray for someone’s soul or for some-one who is very sick. Maybe He will ask you not to buysomething you could really do without and help the poorand hungry. It might be that Jesus would ask you to go toa certain place and tell the people about Jesus. SometimesHe asks us to help take care of little children who have losttheir parents, or even take them into our homes and helpraise them. There are many ways in which we can denyourselves to help others.Your Soul Is Worth More than the WorldIf you should work and work until you were the richestman in the world, but you did not love and follow Jesus and30 31did not trust Him to be your Savior, you would be very fool-ish indeed. Your soul would be lost! No gain here canrepay for the loss of eternal life! What shall a man give inexchange for his soul? One man wanted to please peopleand his family more than he wanted to please God. In thisway he exchanged or traded his soul for popular opinion.No enticements of the world or rewards offered by wickedmen are equal to the value of a human soul. We mustnever do anything which will take us away from the LordJesus Christ.Something to DoLearn this verse: “For the Son of Man will come in theglory of His Father with His angels, and then He willreward each according to his works.” —Matthew 16:27LESSON 15. JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE ONESMatthew 18:10-1410“Take heed that you donot despise one of these littleones, for I say to you that inheaven their angels always seethe face of My Father who is inheaven. 11For the Son of Manhas come to save that whichwas lost. 12What do you think?If a man has a hundred sheep,and one of them goes astray,does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountainsto seek the one that is stray-ing? 13And if he should find it,assuredly, I say to you, he re-joices more over that sheepthan over the ninety-nine thatdid not go astray. 14Even so itis not the will of your Fatherwho is in heaven that one ofthese little ones should perish.”32What This Story Teaches Us1. Little children have angels. These angels behold theface of God in heaven. Therefore we must be careful howwe treat a child. We must help a child to do right.2. The Son of Man is another name for Jesus Christ, theSon of God. He is sometimes called the Son of Man becauseHe was born of the Virgin Mary and He is often called the Sonof God because God is His Father.3. The purpose of Christ coming into this world is to savethe lost.4. Just as the man who went out to find the one lost sheep,so Jesus Christ has come to seek us.5. Just as the man rejoiced and was made glad when hefound his lost sheep, so Jesus Christ is made glad when welet Him find us!6. Jesus is especially happy when He finds a sweet trust-ing child who believes in Him. He does not want one ofthese dear little children to be lost. He wants them all to besaved.7. This shows us how important it is to teach the childrenabout Jesus and to lead them to Jesus.Something to Think AboutQuestion: “What happens to the person who tries todrive away a child from believing in the Lord Jesus Christ?”Answer: Jesus says in Matthew 18:6, “But whoever causesone of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would bebetter for him if a millstone were hung around his neck,and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”33JESUS WANTS THE CHILDREN TO COME TO HIMMark 10:13-1613Then they brought youngchildren to Him, that He mighttouch them; but the disciplesrebuked those who broughtthem. 14But when Jesus saw it,He was greatly displeased andsaid to them, “Let the littlechildren come to Me, and donot forbid them; for of such isthe kingdom of God. 15As-suredly, I say to you, whoeverdoes not receive the kingdomof God as a little child will byno means enter it.” 16And Hetook them up in His arms, putHis hands on them, and blessedthem.LESSON 16. WE MUST FORGIVE OTHERSMatthew 18:21-3521Then Peter came to Himand said, “Lord, how oftenshall my brother sin againstme, and I forgive him? Up toseven times?” 22Jesus said tohim, “I do not say to you, up toseven times, but up to seventytimes seven. 23Therefore thekingdom of heaven is like a cer-tain king who wanted to settleaccounts with his servants.24And when he had begun to set-tle accounts, one was brought tohim who owed him ten thousandtalents. 25But as he was not ableto pay, his master commandedthat he be sold, with his wifeand children and all that hehad, and that payment bemade. 26The servant thereforefell down before him, saying
  • 34‘Master, have patience withme, and I will pay you all.’27Then the master of that serv-ant was moved with compas-sion, released him, and forgavehim the debt.28But that servantwent out and found one of hisfellow servants who owed hima hundred denarii; and he laidhands on him and took him bythe throat, saying, ‘Pay mewhat you owe!’ 29So his fellowservant fell down at his feetand begged him, saying, ‘Havepatience with me, and I willpay you all.’ 30And he wouldnot, but went and threw himinto prison till he should paythe debt. 31So when his fellowservants saw what had beendone, they were very grieved,and came and told their masterall that had been done. 32Thenhis master, after he had calledhim, said to him, ‘You wickedservant! I forgave you all thatdebt because you begged me.33Should you not also have hadcompassion on your fellow serv-ant, just as I had pity on you?’34And his master was angry,and delivered him to the tortur-ers until he should pay all thatwas due to him. 35So My heav-enly Father also will do to youif each of you, from his heart,does not forgive his brother histrespasses.”This Lesson Teaches Us Many Things1. The expression “up to seventy times seven” is anexpression used to show that our forgiveness must be never-ending.2. The servant who owed the king ten thousand talentswas greatly in debt! One talent alone was worth a very bigamount of money, and to think this servant owed the kingten thousand times this amount! It would have been a veryhard thing to ever pay the king what he owed him.3. When the servant asked the king to have patience andhe would pay it all, the king showed his great love andcompassion by forgiving him the whole debt!4. This servant showed his unthankfulness for this kinddeed by going out and demanding his felIow servant to pay35what little he owed him. A hundred denarii was not verymuch in Roman money. How unjust the first servant was totake his fellow servant by the throat and demand thismoney! God watches all our actions and He could see thatthis first servant had not treated his fellow servant in thesame way the king had shown love and mercy to him!5. The first servant would not listen to the poor man’splea but threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.If he had such a hard time trying to pay while out of prison,he would surely have a harder time trying to pay while inprison.6. This evil deed was told to the king. This made the kingvery angry because he saw how ungrateful the servant waswhen he had been forgiven. The servant should have beenwilling to forgive all those who also owed him!7. Because this wicked servant did not forgive, he himselfhad to be thrown into prison and tormented until he shouldpay all that he owed to the king.8. Jesus says this will also be done to us if we do not for-give others from our hearts!9. God’s Word tells us in Romans 3:23 that we are allsinners. “For all have sinned and fall short of the gloryof God.” We could not pay the debt for our sins, for wewere unclean before God. But Jesus, the Pure and HolyOne who had no sin, came and paid the debt for us bydying on the cross for our sins. He set us free! 1 John 3:5 tellsus, “And you know that He was manifested to take awayour sins, and in Him there is no sin.”10. Therefore, because God for Jesus’ sake has forgivenus our sins and has taken them away, He wants us also to36forgive other people for all their wrongs to us. In forgivingothers, we show God how thankful we are in our heartsthat He has forgiven us all our wrongs and let us go free.Something to RememberTo return evil for good iswicked and bad; to returngood for good is what mostpeople do; but to returngood for evil is to be like theLord Jesus Christ. Jesus evenprayed for His enemies andfor those who made Him suf-fer. In Luke 23:34b, we readthe prayer of Jesus: “Father,forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”LESSON 17. A SAD RICH MANMatthew 19:16-2616Now behold, one came andsaid to Him, “Good Teacher,what good thing shall I do thatI may have eternal life?” 17SoHe said to him, “Why do youcall Me good? No one is goodbut One, that is, God. But ifyou want to enter into life, keepthe commandments.” 18He saidto Him, “Which ones?” Jesussaid, “ ‘You shall not murder,’‘You shall not commit adul-tery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’‘Youshall not bear false witness,’19‘Honor your father and your37mother,’ and, ‘You shall loveyour neighbor as yourself.’”20The young man said to Him,“All these things I have keptfrom my youth. What do I stilllack?” 21Jesus said to him, “Ifyou want to be perfect, go, sellwhat you have and give to thepoor, and you will have treas-ure in heaven; and come, fol-low Me.” 22But when the youngman heard that saying, hewent away sorrowful, for hehad great possessions. 23ThenJesus said to His disciples,“Assuredly, I say to you that itis hard for a rich man to enterthe kingdom of heaven. 24Andagain I say to you, it is easierfor a camel to go through theeye of a needle than for a richman to enter the kingdom ofGod.” 25When His disciplesheard it, they were exceedinglyamazed, saying, “Who then canbe saved?” 26But Jesus lookedat them and said to them,“With men this is impossible,but with God all things arepossible.”Something to DoA. On the lines below print or write five of the command-ments that Jesus told the rich man to keep.1. ___________________________________________2. ___________________________________________3. ___________________________________________4. ___________________________________________5. ___________________________________________B. Answer the following questions with YES or NO. If theanswer is “yes,” print YES on the blank after the question;if the answer is “no,” print NO on the blank.1. Did the young man say he had kept all these com-mandments?___________(20)
  • 382. Did Jesus say if this young man wanted to be perfecthe must go and sell all he had?___________(21)3. Was this young man to give his money to the rich?___________(21)4. Did Jesus ask this rich young man to come and followHim?_____________(21)5. Did this young man follow Jesus?___________(22)6. Did this young man go away happy?___________(22)LESSON 18. CHRIST TELLS HIS DISCIPLES AHEADOF TIME WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HIMMatthew 20:17-1917Then Jesus, going up toJerusalem, took the twelve dis-ciples aside on the road and saidto them, 18“Behold, we are go-ing up to Jerusalem, and theSon of Man will be betrayed tothe chief priests and to thescribes; and they willcondemn Him to death, 19anddeliver Him to the Gentiles tomock and to scourge and tocrucify. And the third day Hewill rise again.”Christ’s Death Was Not an AccidentLong before Christ was taken away by cruel men to cru-cify Him or to put Him to death on the cross, Jesus told His39disciples what would happen to Him. His death on thecross was a part of His plan to save us from our sins. John,chapter 3, verses 14 and 15, tells us: “And as Moses lift-ed up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must theSon of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Himshould not perish but have eternal life.” Every one of usshould be very thankful that Christ died for us. It does notmatter what color our skin is nor to which country we be-long. HE DIED FOR ALL. (See 2 Corinthians 5:15.)The word “whoever” means you or anyone who be-lieves! If YOU believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross tosave YOU from YOUR sins, then YOU shall have ETERNALLIFE!“For God so loved the world that Hegave His only begotten Son.”—John 3:16aLESSON 19. CHRIST IS TAKENMatthew 27:11-2611Now Jesus stood before thegovernor. And the governorasked Him, saying, “Are Youthe King of the Jews?” SoJesus said to him, “It is as yousay.” 12And while He was be-ing accused by the chief priestsand elders, He answered noth-ing. 13Then Pilate said to Him,“Do You not hear how manythings they testify againstYou?”14And He answered him notone word, so that the governormarveled greatly. 15Now at thefeast the governor was accus-tomed to releasing to the mul-titude one prisoner whom theywished. 16And they had then anotorious prisoner called Ba-rabbas. 17Therefore, when theyhad gathered together, Pilatesaid to them, “Whom do youwant me to release to you? Ba-rabbas, or Jesus who is calledChrist?” 18For he knew thatbecause of envy they had deliv-ered Him. 19While he was sit-40ting on the judgment seat, hiswife sent to him, saying, “Havenothing to do with that justMan, for I have suffered manythings today in a dream be-cause of Him.” 20But the chiefpriests and elders persuadedthe multitudes that they shouldask for Barabbas and destroyJesus. 21The governor answeredand said to them, “Which ofthe two do you want me to re-lease to you?” They said, “Ba-rabbas!” 22Pilate said to them,“What then shall I do with Jesuswho is called Christ?” They allsaid to him, “Let Him be cru-cified!” 23Then the governorsaid, “Why, what evil has Hedone?” But they cried out allthe more, saying, “Let Him becrucified!” 24When Pilate sawthat he could not prevail atall, but rather that a tumultwas rising, he took water andwashed his hands before themultitude, saying, “I am inno-cent of the blood of this justPerson. You see to it.” 25Andall the people answered andsaid, “His blood be on us andon our children.” 26Then hereleased Barabbas to them;and when he had scourged Je-sus, he delivered Him to becrucified.Something to DoOn the next page are questions which can be answeredfrom Lesson 19. Read the lesson again, then fill in eachblank correctly.411. When Jesus was accused by the chief priests and eld-ers, He answered _____________________________(12).2. This made the governor marvel _______________(14).3. Barabbas was the name of a notorious _________(16).4. Who was released to the people?______________(26)5. The people said to let Jesus be _______________(22).LESSON 20. A CROWN OF THORNS IS GIVENTO JESUSMatthew 27:27-3027Then the soldiers of thegovernor took Jesus into thePraetorium and gathered thewhole garrison around Him.28And they stripped Him andput a scarlet robe on Him.29When they had twisted acrown of thorns, they put iton His head, and a reed in Hisright hand. And they bowedthe knee before Him andmocked Him, saying, “Hail,King of the Jews!” 30Thenthey spat on Him, and tookthe reed and struck Him onthe head.How Christ Was TreatedTerrible things were done to Christ by cruel men. In thisworld we can expect to suffer for Christ also. Cruel men donot love God. They do not love Jesus Christ and they do not
  • 42love people who try to be good. Jesus told us about this inJohn, chapter 15, verses 18-20a: “If the world hates you,you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If youwere of the world, the world would love its own. Yet be-cause you are not of the world, but I chose you out of theworld, therefore the world hates you. Remember theword that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than hismaster.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecuteyou.” Jesus has a wonderful secret to share with us in John16, verse 33: “These things I have spoken to you, that inMe you may have peace. In the world you will havetribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome theworld.”Something to DoBelow are questions which can be answered from Lesson20. Read the lesson again, then fill in each blank correctly.1. The soldiers stripped Jesus of His clothes and put onHim a scarlet ________________(28).2. They twisted a crown of____________ and put it onHis ____________(29).3. They mocked Jesus by bowing before Him in a jokingway and saying, “Hail,_________of the Jews” (29).4. They ___________on Him and struck Him on thehead with a _____________(30).LESSON 21. JESUS IS PUT TO DEATHMatthew 27:31-38 and 50-5431Then when they hadmocked Him, they took therobe off Him, put His ownclothes on Him, and led Himaway to be crucified. 32Now asthey came out, they found aman of Cyrene, Simon byname. Him they compelled tobear His cross. 33And whenthey had come to a placecalled Golgotha, that is to say,43Place of a Skull, 34they gaveHim sour wine mingled withgall to drink. But when He hadtasted it, He would not drink.35Then they crucified Him,and divided His garments, cast-ing lots, that it might be ful-filled which was spoken by theprophet: “They divided Mygarments among them, andfor My clothing they cast lots.”36Sitting down, they kept watchover Him there. 37And theyput up over His head the ac-cusation written against Him:THIS IS JESUS THE KINGOF THE JEWS. 38Then tworobbers were crucified withHim, one on the right and an-other on the left. 50Jesus, whenHe had cried out again with aloud voice, yielded up Hisspirit. 51And behold, the veilof the temple was torn in twofrom top to bottom; and theearth quaked, and the rockswere split, 52and the graveswere opened; and many bod-ies of the saints who had fallenasleep were raised; 53and com-ing out of the graves after Hisresurrection, they went intothe holy city and appeared tomany. 54Now when the centu-rion and those with him, whowere guarding Jesus, saw theearthquake and the thingsthat had happened, theyfeared greatly, saying, “Trulythis was the Son of God!”44Who Was It?1. Who was compelled to carry the cross of Jesus?_____________(32).2. Who were crucified with Jesus, one on the righthand and one on the left? two________________(38)3. When the centurion and the people with him whowere watching Jesus saw the earthquake and the otherthings that were done, who did they say Jesus was? the____________ _________ ____________(54).LESSON 22. JESUS IS BURIEDMatthew 27:57-6657Now when evening hadcome, there came a rich manfrom Arimathea, named Jo-seph, who himself had also be-come a disciple of Jesus. 58Thisman went to Pilate and askedfor the body of Jesus. ThenPilate commanded the body tobe given to him. 59And whenJoseph had taken the body, hewrapped it in a clean linen cloth,60and laid it in his new tombwhich he had hewn out of therock; and he rolled a largestone against the door of thetomb, and departed. 61AndMary Magdalene was there,and the other Mary, sittingopposite the tomb. 62On thenext day, which followed theDay of Preparation, the chiefpriests and Pharisees gath-ered together to Pilate, 63say-ing, “Sir, we remember, whileHe was still alive, how thatdeceiver said, ‘After threedays I will rise.’ 64 Thereforecommand that the tomb bemade secure until the thirdday, lest His disciples comeby night and steal Him away,and say to the people, ‘He hasrisen from the dead.’ So the45last deception will be worsethan the first.” 65Pilate said tothem, “You have a guard; goyour way, make it as secure asyou know how.” 66So they wentand made the tomb secure,sealing the stone and setting theguard.Joseph’s Love for ChristJoseph, a rich man, loved Jesus and wanted to bury Himin his own new tomb. Joseph had planned to be buried inthis place when he died, but now he wants his dear Lord tohave this special resting place. True love for Jesus is neverselfish. Love always shares. Love always finds a way toserve. Do you love Jesus? Have you found a way to serveHim? What are you doing for Him?Jesus Laid Down His LifeJesus, of His own free will, laid down His life to save youand me from our sins. It took His death and the sheddingof His sacred blood to atone for our sins. Hebrews 9:22tells us that without shedding of blood there is no remis-sion or taking away of sin. Jesus became our perfect sacri-fice because He had no sin of His own. John 1:29b tells us:“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of theworld!” No other person could have died on the cross totake away our sin, and nothing else like silver or gold orcows or any other animal or living thing could take awayour sin. See 1 Peter, chapter 1, verses 18 and 19: “Know-ing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things,like silver or gold,. . . but with the precious blood ofChrist, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”How do we know that Jesus laid down His life of His ownfree will? John 10:18a says: “No one takes it from Me, butI lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down andI have power to take it again.” JESUS HAS ALL POWER!Also see Matthew 28:18.
  • 46When Jesus was standing before Pilate to be crucified,Pilate thought he had the power to crucify Jesus or thepower to release or set Jesus free. But notice the words ofJesus in John 19:11a. “Jesus answered, ‘You could haveno power at all against Me unless it had been given youfrom above.’ ”Christ laid down His life for all races, and some fromevery race and nation will believe on Jesus Christ and besaved. Be sure YOU are one of those who BELIEVE on theLORD JESUS! Read Revelation 5:9. “And they sang a newsong, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, and toopen its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed usto God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue andpeople and nation.’ ”The Enemies of Jesus Tryto Keep Him in the TombThe chief priests and Pharisees who were the enemies ofJesus wanted to make sure the tomb was shut tight so noone could steal the body of Jesus. This makes the resurrec-tion of Christ even more wonderful, for we know it wasmade impossible for anyone to steal His body! Even guardsor keepers were set to watch the tomb. In Lesson 23 we willsee the miracle that happens!_______________________The Marred Hands“Why celebrate Calvary?” was a question asked me notlong ago by one who seemed to think it unnatural and washorrified at the thought. “Think,” said he, “of celebrating aRoman crucifixion; of all deaths a man could die that wasthe most horrible. The cross was laid upon the ground, thevictim was placed upon it, great spikes were driven throughhis hands and feet to hold him fast; the cross was then lift-47ed and plunged into a hole prepared for it and there thevictim hung until he died. And that is what Christians cele-brate in the Lord’s Supper. I tell you the thing is unnatural,it is horrible, I cannot see how it can be explained.”“Ah, my friend,” I replied, “you are thinking of the eventwithout thinking of that for which it stands. You are notproperly connecting it with Him who died. Let me tell youa little incident I once heard.“There was a beautiful lady, but her hands were fearfullymarred. For a number of years her little daughter had won-dered what had made her mother’s hands so deformed thatshe could not look upon them except with a feeling ofabhorrence, so one day she said:“ ‘Mother, I love your face, your eyes, and your hair. Theyare so beautiful, but your hands, they are so ugly I cannotbear to look at them. Why are they so twisted andscarred?’“ ‘Listen to me, my child,’ she said. ‘I will tell you aboutmy hands. I always thought I would not tell you, but it isbest that you should know. It is almost ten years ago now.You were a little baby girl then — how I loved you, but notmore than I do now. You were only three months old. It wasa busy morning. I had fed you and tucked you away in yourlittle crib for your extra nap and had then gone to do somework in the kitchen, keeping my ear open for your cry orfor any movement you might make. I stayed away, notlong, but longer than I thought.“ ‘All of a sudden I heard a call and looked out: I saw theneighbors running toward our house with the cry of fire. Iran from the kitchen to the dining room and then to thehall. I saw the nursery door all ablaze; great tongues of fire48were leaping up about the stairway. The neighbors came into offer their help. I was stunned, my mouth was parched,I could give forth no utterance. A big shawl was hangingnear the stairway. I seized it, threw it about my head andshoulders and ran amid the flames to the nursery door,opened it, snatched you from the crib with the bedclothesall about you, pressed you to my breast, and ran with youout of the house. My head, face, and shoulders werespared, but my hands and arms were burned until the fleshafterwards dropped from the bones. This is the story of myhands and why they are so ugly.’“Now what of this little girl. She was just a natural child.Nothing was unnatural about her. She grasped her moth-er’s scarred hands, patted them with her shapely fingers,kissed them with her tender lips and looking up into hermother’s face said: ‘Oh, mother! I love your beautiful face,your eyes, your neck, your hair, but these dear hands, I lovethem best.’ So we should think of Christ’s death, even Hisdeath on Calvary.” —Adapted from Presbyterian BannerDuties to God1. We must confess our sins to Christ to be forgiven (1John 1:9).2. We must believe on Jesus Christ to be saved (Acts16:31).3. We must love God with all our heart, soul, and mind(Matthew 22:37).4. We must confess Christ, God’s Son, before men(Matthew 10:32).5. We must live our lives to please God (1 Thessalonians4:1).49LESSON 23. JESUS COMES UP FROM THE DEADMatthew 28:1-101Now after the Sabbath, asthe first day of the week beganto dawn, Mary Magdalene andthe other Mary came to see thetomb. 2And behold, there wasa great earthquake; for an an-gel of the Lord descendedfrom heaven, and came androlled back the stone from thedoor, and sat on it. 3His coun-tenance was like lightning,and his clothing as white assnow. 4And the guards shookfor fear of him, and became likedead men. 5But the angel an-swered and said to the women,“Do not be afraid, for I knowthat you seek Jesus who wascrucified. 6He is not here; forHe is risen, as He said. Come,see the place where the Lordlay. 7And go quickly and tellHis disciples that He is risenfrom the dead, and indeed Heis going before you into Gali-lee; there you will see Him.Behold, I have told you.” 8Sothey departed quickly fromthe tomb with fear and greatjoy, and ran to bring His disci-ples word. 9And as they wentto tell His disciples, behold,Jesus met them, saying, “Re-joice!” And they came andheld Him by the feet and wor-shiped Him. 10Then Jesus saidto them, “Do not be afraid. Goand tell My brethren to go toGalilee, and there they will seeMe.”Something to DoAfter reading Lesson 23, fill each blank on the next pagewith the correct word.
  • 501. The angel of the Lord descended from heaven androlled back the_____________(2). His clothing was as whiteas ______________(3).2. The guards were so afraid they shook and became like____________men (4).CHRIST OVERCAME death, hell, and the grave so that wemight live again! He says in John 14:19b, “Because I live,you will live also.” He says in John 11:25b and 26a, “I amthe resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me,though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives andbelieves in Me shall never die.”LESSON 24. THE LAST WORDS OF JESUSMatthew 28:16-2016Then the eleven discipleswent away into Galilee, to themountain which Jesus hadappointed for them. 17Andwhen they saw Him, they wor-shiped Him; but some doubt-ed. 18Then Jesus came andspoke to them, saying, “Allauthority has been given toMe in heaven and on earth.19Go therefore and makedisciples of all the nations,baptizing them in the name ofthe Father and of the Son andof the Holy Spirit, 20teachingthem to observe all things thatI have commanded you; andlo, I am with you always, evento the end of the age.” Amen.51When a dear friend of ours is dying, we are anxious tocarry out his last wishes and desires. The last words stayin our memory and we know that whatever a dying personsays just before he or she leaves us is very important!Other last words of Jesus, our Savior, before He wentback to heaven were: “Go into all the world and preachthe gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15b).Are you doing your best to carry out these last wordsof Jesus?Why Must We Tell Others?Acts 4:12 says: “Nor is there salvation in any other,for there is no other name under heaven givenamong men by which we must be saved.” This showsus JESUS is our only HOPE of eternal life!John 14:6 says: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way,the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Fatherexcept through Me.’ ” Again we see that JESUS is theonly WAY to the FATHER!The Test of a True Follower of ChristJesus says: “If you love Me, keep My command-ments” (John 14:15). The first and great commandmentis found in Matthew 22:37b. It has to do with our duty toGod. Here it is. “You shall love the Lord your God withall your heart, with all your soul, and with all yourmind.” The second greatest commandment has to dowith our duty to mankind everywhere. “You shall loveyour neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39b). “On thesetwo commandments hang all the Law and the Proph-ets” (Matthew 22:40).52LESSON 25. JESUS IS COMING BACK AGAINWhat Are the Signs of His Coming?Read chapter 24 of Matthew to get a clear picture ofthe signs of the coming of Christ. Below are some of thethings mentioned.1. Many false Christs will arise and say they areChrist and deceive many. We must not go after them(verses 5, 23, 24 and 25).2. There will be wars and rumors of wars. Nationshall rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom(verses 6 and 7).3. There will be famines, pestilences, and earth-quakes in many places. These are only the beginning ofsorrows (verses 7, 8).4. Christians will be delivered up and afflicted, killed,and hated by all nations because they bear the name ofChrist (verse 9). Christ came to this earth to suffer forour sakes, that we might have eternal life, and now weshall have a chance to prove our love to Him by suffer-ing for His sake.5. However, many Christians will be offended and willnot follow Christ any more. They will tell on each other,betraying one another and hating one another (verse10).6. Many false prophets will rise up, and deceive many.They will have power given them to do great signs andwonders, trying to deceive even the very best Christians(verses 11 and 24).7. There will be much eating, drinking, marrying, and53giving in marriage just as in the days Noah lived on theearth (verses 37-39).8. After much tribulation and great sufferings, the sunwill be darkened, the moon will no longer give light, thestars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heavenwill be shaken (verse 29).How Is He Coming?1. His coming will be sudden. Matthew 24:27 says,“For as the lightning comes from the east and flashesto the west, so also will the coming of the Son ofMan be.”2. He shall come in the clouds of heaven with powerand with great glory. Matthew 24:30 tells us about this.3. “Every eye will see Him . . . ” (Revelation 1:7).4. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heavenwith a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and withthe trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will risefirst. Then we who are alive and remain shall becaught up together with them in the clouds to meetthe Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be withthe Lord. Therefore comfort one another with thesewords” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).5. “This same Jesus who was taken up from youinto heaven, will so come in like manner as you sawHim go into heaven” (Acts 1:11b).How to Keep Ready for Jesus“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, wehave fellowship with one another, and the blood ofJesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John1:7).
  • 54Do You Want to Go to Heaven?Color the boy who is on the right road.Psalm 86:5 — “For You, Lord, are good, and ready toforgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who callupon You.”John 14:6 — “Jesus said to him [Thomas], ‘I am theway, the truth, and the life. No one comes to theFather except through Me.’ ”How To Get ThereStep 1 — Be Sorry for All Your SinsOne little girl said, “To be sorry for your sins means to besorry enough to quit.”55Satan uses bad habits to bind people in sin.He chains us so we cannot free ourselves.Come, chains and all, to Jesus. He can set you free.Step 2 — Repent and Confess to God1 John 1:9 — “If we confess our sins, He is faithfuland just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us fromall unrighteousness.”Tell Jesus All About It — He Will HearYour PrayerSTEP 3 — Believe on Him and AcceptHim into Your Heart and LifeOpen the door of your heart and let Jesus come intoyour heart right NOW!!Revelation 3:20a — “Behold, I stand at the door andknock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door,I will come in to him. ”We shall have the assurance that we belong to Himwhen we truly repent and believe.Romans 8:16 — “The Spirit Himself bears witnesswith our spirit that we are the children of God.”HAVE YOU BELIEVED upon the Lord Jesus Christas your Savior?Doing God’s Word1. After we have repented of your sins, and2. After we have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ asour Savior,3. Then — we must do God’s Word.We must keep walking in the light and following Jesusin our daily lives. Read 1 John, chapter 1, verse 7.Follow the dots to find who can break the chains of sin.56 57Step 4 — Continue Living For Christ DailyJohn 8:31b and 32 says, “If you abide [continue] inMy word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shallknow the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”Praying to God Daily Will Make You StrongSomething to DoColor the praying hands to show what we must do togrow strong for God.
  • Read God’s Word DailyHide His word in your heart. Memorize as many versesas you can.Have You Taken Christ as Your Savior?If you have, write or print your name on the lines inthe heart.58Tell others about Jesus and what He has done foryou.59THINGS WE NEED TO KNOWGenesis 1:1-251In the beginning God creat-ed the heavens and the earth.2The earth was without form,and void; and darkness wason the face of the deep. Andthe Spirit of God was hoveringover the face of the waters.3Then God said, “Let there belight”; and there was light.4And God saw the light, that itwas good; and God divided thelight from the darkness. 5Godcalled the light Day, and thedarkness He called Night. Sothe evening and the morningwere the first day. 6Then Godsaid, “Let there be a firma-ment in the midst of the wa-ters, and let it divide the wa-ters from the waters.” 7ThusGod made the firmament, anddivided the waters which wereunder the firmament from thewaters which were above thefirmament; and it was so. 8AndGod called the firmament Heav-en. So the evening and themorning were the second day.9Then God said, “Let the wa-ters under the heavens be gath-ered together into one place,and let the dry land appear”;and it was so. 10And God calledthe dry land Earth, and thegathering together of the wa-ters He called Seas. And Godsaw that it was good. 11ThenGod said, “Let the earth bringforth grass, the herb that yieldsseed, and the fruit tree thatyields fruit according to itskind, whose seed is in itself, onthe earth”; and it was so.12And the earth brought forthgrass, the herb that yields seedaccording to its kind, and thetree that yields fruit, whoseseed is in itself according to itskind. And God saw that it wasgood. 13So the evening and themorning were the third day.14Then God said, “Let there be60lights in the firmament of theheavens to divide the day fromthe night; and let them be forsigns and seasons, and for daysand years; 15and let them befor lights in the firmament ofthe heavens to give light on theearth”; and it was so. 16ThenGod made two great lights:the greater light to rule theday, and the lesser light to rulethe night. He made the starsalso. 17God set them in the fir-mament of the heavens to givelight on the earth, 18and torule over the day and over thenight, and to divide the lightfrom the darkness. And Godsaw that it was good. 19So theevening and the morning werethe fourth day. 20Then Godsaid, “Let the waters aboundwith an abundance of livingcreatures, and let birds flyabove the earth across the faceof the firmament of the heav-ens.” 21So God created greatsea creatures and every livingthing that moves, with whichthe waters abounded, accord-ing to their kind, and everywinged bird according to itskind. And God saw that it wasgood. 22And God blessed them,saying, “Be fruitful and multi-ply, and fill the waters in theseas, and let birds multiply onthe earth.” 23So the evening andthe morning were the fifthday. 24Then God said, “Let theearth bring forth the livingcreature according to its kind:cattle and creeping thing andbeast of the earth, each accord-ing to its kind”; and it was so.25And God made the beast ofthe earth according to its kind,cattle according to its kind,and everything that creeps onthe earth according to its kind.And God saw that it was good.GOD MADE MANGenesis 1:26-3126Then God said, “Let Usmake man in Our image, ac-cording to Our likeness; letthem have dominion over thefish of the sea, over the birds of61the air, and over the cattle, overall the earth and over everycreeping thing that creeps onthe earth.” 27So God createdman in His own image; in theimage of God He created him;male and female He createdthem. 28Then God blessed them,and God said to them, “Befruitful and multiply; fill theearth and subdue it; havedominion over the fish of thesea, over the birds of the air,and over every living thing thatmoves on the earth.” 29And Godsaid, “See, I have given youevery herb that yields seedwhich is on the face of all theearth, and every tree whosefruit yields seed; to you it shallbe for food. 30Also, to everybeast of the earth, to everybird of the air, and to every-thing that creeps on the earth,in which there is life, I havegiven every green herb forfood”; and it was so. 31ThenGod saw everything that Hehad made, and indeed it wasvery good. So the evening andthe morning were the sixth day.Genesis 2:77And the LORD God formedman of the dust of the ground,and breathed into his nostrilsthe breath of life; and manbecame a living being.Something to RememberMan is different from any other living thing. We are notlike the animals. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:39this great truth: “All flesh is not the same flesh, but thereis one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts,another of fish, and another of birds.” Man’s flesh is notonly different from other living creatures but man wasmade a living soul. Once we are born, we shall always besomewhere. The people who believe upon the Lord JesusChrist as their Savior shall have everlasting life, but thoseGOD MADE OUR WORLD
  • 62who refuse to receive Christ into their hearts shall haveeverlasting damnation! John 5:28 and 29 says: “Do notmarvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all whoare in the graves will hear His voice, and come forth —those who have done good, to the resurrection of life,and those who have done evil, to the resurrection ofcondemnation.”All of us shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ.Hebrews 9:27 says: “And as it is appointed for men todie once, but after this the judgment.” Romans 14:10b-12says: “We shall all stand before the judgment seat ofChrist. For it is written: ‘As I live, says the LORD, Everyknee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess toGod.’ So then each of us shall give account of himself toGod.”The above verses also show that we are different fromanimals. It is true that animals die and return to the dust ofthe ground, but Ecclesiastes 3:21 clearly points out the dif-ference between the spirit of man and the spirit of ani-mals. It says: “Who knows the spirit of the sons of menwhich goes upward, and the spirit of the beast, whichgoes down to the earth?”Therefore, we see the spirit of man returns to God whomade it. Ecclesiastes 12:7 tells us: “Then the dust will returnto the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to Godwho gave it.”Man Needs a SaviorRomans 3:23 — “For all have sinned and fall short ofthe glory of God.”Romans 5:12 — “Therefore, just as through one mansin entered the world, and death through sin, and thusdeath spread to all men, because all sinned.”John 3:5b — “Unless one is born of water and theSpirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”63God Provides the SaviorRomans 5:6-11 — “For when we were still withoutstrength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Forscarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhapsfor a good man someone would even dare to die. ButGod demonstrates His own love toward us, in thatwhile we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Muchmore then, having now been justified by His blood,we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For ifwhen we were enemies we were reconciled to Godthrough the death of His Son, much more, havingbeen reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Andnot only that, but we also rejoice in God through ourLord Jesus Christ, through whom we have nowreceived the reconciliation.”John 3:16 and 17 — “For God so loved the worldthat He gave His only begotten Son, that whoeverbelieves in Him should not perish but have everlast-ing life. For God did not send His Son into the worldto condemn the world, but that the world throughHim might be saved.”We Must Believe on Christ to Be SavedJohn 3:18 — “He who believes in Him is not con-demned; but he who does not believe is condemnedalready, because he has not believed in the name ofthe only begotten Son of God.”Acts 16:31b — “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,and you will be saved, you and your household.”John 5:24b — “He who hears My word and believesin Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shallnot come into judgment, but has passed from deathinto life.”Answers to QuestionsThe answers to all the questions in this issue of “Joy”Matthew are found below so that you can check your workand know the correct answers. Refer to this page only afteryou have finished all the questions. If you missed three orless you have done an excellent job.Pages 1, 2A. 1. Mary2. Holy Spirit3. angel4. Immanuel5. God with usPage 5A. 1. Yes 4. No2. Yes 5. Yes3. No 6. Yes7. YesB. And when they had comeinto the house, they saw theyoung Child with Mary Hismother, and fell down andworshiped Him. And whenthey had opened their treasures,they presented gifts to Him: gold,frankincense, and myrrh.Page 8A. 1. heaven 3. Jesus2. locusts, 4. dovewild honey 5. SonPage 10A. 1. forty 3. bread2. devil (the 4. templetempter or 5. himSatan)Page 13A. 1. Andrew 3. John2. net 4. netsPages 16A. Our Father in heaven, Hallowed beYour name. Your kingdom come. Your willbe done on earth as it is in heaven. Giveus this day our daily bread. And forgiveus our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And do not lead us into temptation, butdeliver us from the evil one. For Yours isthe kingdom and the power and theglory forever. AmenPage 21A. 1. wise 2. foolishPages 27, 28A. 1. birds2. earth, scorched, withered3. thorns4. cropB. 1. word, understand2. word, stumble3. world, word, unfruitful4. fruitPages 37, 38A. 1. You shall not murder.2. You shall not commit adultery.3. You shall not steal.4. You shall not bear false witness.5. Honor your father and your mother.6. You shall love your neighbor asyourself.B. 1.Yes 4. Yes2. Yes 5. No3. No 6. NoPage 41A. 1. nothing 4. Barabbas2. greatly 5. crucified3. prisonerPage 42A. 1. robe 3. King2. thorns, head 4. spat, reedPage 44A. 1. Simon (man of Cyrene)2. robbers3. Son of GodPage 50A. 1. stone, snow 2. deadSOMETHING TO DOOn the blanks below, print “YES” beside each questionthat you can truly answer “YES.”______ 1. While reading this “JOY” book, have you feltGod talking to your heart?______ 2. Do you want to belong to the Lord Jesus Christand have EVERLASTING LIFE?______ 3. Are you truly sorry for all the sins or wrong thingsyou have ever done? Do you have a real desire to forsakeyour sins and not do them any more?______ 4. Have you prayed to Jesus and told Him you aresorry?______ 5. Have you prayed to Jesus until an inner peacehas come into your heart and you know He has heard yourprayer and has forgiven you of all your sins? Remember Hehas promised that if we confess our sins to Him, He isfaithful and just to forgive us our sins. (Read 1 John 1:9 onpage 55 in this book.)______ 6. Are you now trusting in Christ as your ownSavior?______ 7. By the help of the Lord, will you follow Him andpray every day to Him for help in living your life pleasingto Him?______ 8. Will you do your best to help others to find Jesusas their Savior, too?64
  • CHRIST IS COMING AGAIN!BE READY“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son ofMan is coming at an hour when you do notexpect Him.” —Matthew 24:441014/2 English NKJV