4 JESUS’ PURPOSE FOR COMING TO EARTH“For even the Son of Man did notcome to be served, but to serve, andto give His life a ransom for many.”—Mark 10:45“For the Son of Man has come toseek and to save that which waslost.” —Luke 19:10“For God did not send His Soninto the world to condemn the world,but that the world through Himmight be saved.” —John 3:17Jesus answered, “... For thiscause I was born, and for this cause Ihave come into the world, that Ishould bear witness to the truth.Everyone who is of the truth hearsMy voice.” —John 18:37bChrist Jesus came into the worldto save sinners. . . .—1 Timothy 1:15bGod has sent His only begottenSon into the world, that we mightlive through Him. —1 John 4:9bBut when the fullness of the timehad come, God sent forth His Son,born of a woman, born under thelaw, to redeem those who were underthe law, that we might receive theadoption as sons. —Galatians 4:4-5JESUS WAS SUPERNATURALLY CONCEIVED 5The angel Gabriel was sent byGod to a city of Galilee named Naza-reth, to a virgin betrothed to a manwhose name was Joseph, of thehouse of David. The virgin’s namewas Mary.... Then the angel said toher, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for youhave found favor with God. And be-hold, you will conceive in your womband bring forth a Son, and shall callHis name JESUS. He will be great,and will be called the Son of theHighest; . . . and of His kingdomthere will be no end.” Then Marysaid to the angel, “How can this be,since I do not know a man?” And theangel answered and said to her, “TheHoly Spirit will come upon you, andthe power of the Highest will over-shadow you; therefore, also, thatHoly One who is to be born will becalled the Son of God.... For withGod nothing will be impossible.”—Luke 1:26b-27, 30-37“Joseph, son of David, do not beafraid to take to you Mary yourwife, for that which is conceived inher is of the Holy Spirit. And she willbring forth a Son, and you shall callHis name Jesus, for He will save Hispeople from their sins.”—Matthew 1:20b-216 THE BIRTH OF JESUS...A decree went out from CaesarAugustus that all the world shouldbe registered.... So all went to beregistered, everyone to his own city.And Joseph also went [to Bethlehem]to be registered with Mary, hisbetrothed wife, who was with child....And she brought forth her first-born Son, and wrapped Him inswaddling cloths, and laid Him in amanger, because there was no roomfor them in the inn.Now there were in the same coun-try shepherds living out in the fields,keeping watch over their flock bynight. And behold, an angel of theLord stood before them, and the glo-ry of the Lord shone around them,and they were greatly afraid. Thenthe angel said to them, “Do not beafraid, for behold, I bring you goodtidings of great joy which will be toall people. For there is born to youthis day in the city of David a Savior,who is Christ the Lord.... You willfind a Babe wrapped in swaddlingcloths, lying in a manger.” And sud-denly there was with the angel amultitude of the heavenly host prais-ing God and saying: “Glory to Godin the highest, and on earth peace,good will toward men!”—Luke 2:1-14JESUS AS AN INFANT 7And when eight days were com-pleted for the circumcision of theChild, His name was called JESUS,the name given by the angel beforeHe was conceived in the womb.—Luke 2:21And behold, there was a man inJerusalem whose name was Simeon,and this man was just and devout,waiting for the Consolation of Israel,and the Holy Spirit was upon him.And it had been revealed to him bythe Holy Spirit that he would not seedeath before he had seen the Lord’sChrist. So he came by the Spirit intothe temple. And when the parentsbrought in the Child Jesus, to do forHim according to the custom of thelaw, he took Him up in his arms andblessed God and said: “Lord, nowYou are letting Your servant departin peace, according to Your word;for my eyes have seen Your salvationwhich You have prepared before theface of all peoples, a light to bringrevelation to the Gentiles, and theglory of Your people Israel.” And Jo-seph and His mother marveled atthose things which were spoken ofHim. Then Simeon blessed them....—Luke 2:25-348 JESUS IS WORSHIPEDNow after Jesus was born in Beth-lehem of Judea in the days of Herodthe king, behold, wise men from theEast came to Jerusalem, saying,“Where is He who has been bornKing of the Jews? For we have seenHis star in the East and have come toworship Him.”When Herod the king heard thesethings, he was troubled, and all Jeru-salem with him. And when he hadgathered all the chief priests andscribes of the people together, he in-quired of them where the Christ wasto be born. So they said to him, “InBethlehem of Judea, for thus it iswritten by the prophet ....”When they heard the king, theydeparted; and behold, the star whichthey had seen in the East went be-fore them, till it came and stood overwhere the young Child was. Whenthey saw the star, they rejoiced withexceedingly great joy.And when they had come into thehouse, they saw the young Childwith Mary His mother, and fell downand worshiped Him. And when theyhad opened their treasures, they pre-sented gifts to Him: gold, frankin-cense, and myrrh.—Matthew 2:1-5, 9-11SATAN HATED JESUS BEFORE HIS BIRTH 9And another sign appeared inheaven: behold, a great, fiery reddragon [Satan] having seven headsand ten horns, and seven diadems onhis heads. His tail drew a third of thestars of heaven and threw them tothe earth. And the dragon stood be-fore the woman who was ready togive birth, to devour her Child assoon as it was born. And she bore amale Child who was to rule all na-tions with a rod of iron.—Revelation 12:3-5aAn angel of the Lord appeared toJoseph in a dream, saying, “Arise,take the young Child and His moth-er, flee to Egypt, and stay there untilI bring you word; for Herod willseek the young Child to destroyHim.”When he arose, he took the youngChild and His mother by night anddeparted for Egypt, and was thereuntil the death of Herod.Then Herod, when he saw that hewas deceived by the wise men, wasexceedingly angry; and he sent forthand put to death all the malechildren who were in Bethlehem andin all its districts, from two years oldand under. —Matthew 2:13b-15a, 16a
10 THE BOYHOOD OF JESUSAnd the Child grew and becamestrong in spirit, filled with wisdom;and the grace of God was upon Him.His parents went to Jerusalem everyyear at the Feast of the Passover.And when He was twelve years old,they went up to Jerusalem. ... Asthey returned, the Boy Jesus lin-gered behind in Jerusalem.... Sup-posing Him to have been in the com-pany, they went a day’s journey, andsought Him among their relativesand acquaintances. So when they didnot find Him, they returned to Jeru-salem, seeking Him.... After threedays they found Him in the temple,sitting in the midst of the teachers,both listening to them and askingthem questions. And all who heardHim were astonished at His under-standing and answers. So when theysaw Him, they were amazed; andHis mother said to Him, “Son, whyhave You done this to us? Look,Your father and I have sought Youanxiously.” And He said to them,“Why is it that you sought Me? Didyou not know that I must be aboutMy Father’s business?”And Jesus increased in wisdomand stature, and in favor with Godand men. —Luke 2:40-49,52JESUS IS INTRODUCED TO THE PUBLIC 11There was a man sent from God,whose name was John. He said: “Iam ‘The voice of one crying in thewilderness: “Make straight the wayof the Lord,” ‘as the prophet Isaiahsaid.”The next day John saw Jesus com-ing toward him, and said, “Behold!The Lamb of God who takes awaythe sin of the world!” And John borewitness, saying, “I saw the Spirit de-scending from heaven like a dove,and He remained upon Him. I didnot know Him, but He who sent meto baptize with water said to me,‘Upon whom you see the Spirit de-scending, and remaining on Him,this is He who baptizes with the HolySpirit.’ And I have seen and testifiedthat this is the Son of God.”—John 1:6, 23, 29, 32-34Then Jesus, when He had beenbaptized, came up immediately fromthe water; and behold, the heavenswere opened to Him, and He saw theSpirit of God descending like a doveand alighting upon Him. And sud-denly a voice came from heaven,saying, “This is My beloved Son, inwhom I am well pleased.”—Matthew 3:16-1712 JESUS OVERCOMES TEMPTATIONNow when the tempter came toHim, he said, “If You are the Son ofGod, command that these stones be-come bread.” But He. . . said, “It iswritten, ‘Man shall not live by breadalone, but by every word that pro-ceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”Then the devil... set Him on thepinnacle of the temple, and said toHim, “If You are the Son of God,throw Yourself down. For it is writ-ten: ‘He shall give His angels chargeconcerning you,’ and, ‘In their handsthey shall bear you up, lest you dashyour foot against a stone.’ ”Jesus said to him, “It is writtenagain, ‘You shall not tempt the Lordyour God.” Again, the devil tookHim up on an exceedingly highmountain, and showed Him all thekingdoms of the world and theirglory. And he said to Him, “All thesethings I will give You if You will falldown and worship me.” Then Jesussaid to him, “Away with you, Satan!For it is written, ‘You shall worshipthe Lord your God, and Him onlyyou shall serve.’ ” —Matthew 4:3-10For in that He Himself has suf-fered, being tempted, He is able toaid those who are tempted.—Hebrews 2:18JESUS CALLS HIS DISCIPLES 13And as He walked by the Sea ofGalilee, He saw Simon and Andrewhis brother casting a net into the sea;for they were fishermen. Then Jesussaid to them, “Come after Me, and Iwill make you become fishers ofmen.” And immediately they lefttheir nets and followed Him. WhenHe had gone a little farther..., Hesaw James the son of Zebedee, andJohn his brother, who also were inthe boat mending their nets. And im-mediately He called them, and theyleft their father Zebedee in the boatwith the hired servants, and wentafter Him. —Mark 1:16-20The following day Jesus wanted togo to Galilee, and He found Philipand said to him, “Follow Me.”—John 1:43And as He passed by, He saw Levithe son of Alphaeus sitting at the taxoffice, and said to him, “Follow Me.”And he arose and followed Him.—Mark 2:14He . . . continued all night inprayer to God. And when it was day,He called His disciples to Him; andfrom them He chose twelve whomHe also named apostles.—Luke 6:12b-1314 JESUS PREACHES GOOD NEWSThen Jesus returned in the powerof the Spirit to Galilee, and news ofHim went out through all the sur-rounding region. And He taught intheir synagogues, being glorified byall. So He came to Nazareth, whereHe had been brought up. And as Hiscustom was, He went into the syna-gogue on the Sabbath day, and stoodup to read. And He was handed thebook of the prophet Isaiah. Andwhen He had opened the book, Hefound the place where it was written:“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,because He has anointed Me topreach the gospel to the poor. He hassent Me to heal the brokenhearted,to preach deliverance to the captivesand recovery of sight to the blind, toset at liberty those who are op-pressed, to preach the acceptableyear of the LORD.” Then He closedthe book, and gave it back to the at-tendant and sat down. And the eyesof all who were in the synagoguewere fixed on Him. And He began tosay to them, “Today this Scripture isfulfilled in your hearing.”So all bore witness to Him, andmarveled at the gracious wordswhich proceeded out of His mouth.—Luke 4:14-22aJESUS CLEANSES THE TEMPLE 15JESUS TEACHES ABOUT SINSo they came to Jerusalem. AndJesus went into the temple and be-gan to drive out those who boughtand sold in the temple, and over-turned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those whosold doves. Then He taught, sayingto them, “Is it not written, ‘Myhouse shall be called a house ofprayer for all nations’? But you havemade it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”—Mark 11:15, 17“Even so you also outwardly ap-pear righteous to men, but insideyou are full of hypocrisy and lawless-ness.” —Matthew 23:28“But those things which proceedout of the mouth come from theheart, and they defile a man. For outof the heart proceed evil thoughts,murders, adulteries, fornications,thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”—Matthew 15:18-19Jesus answered them, “Most as-suredly, I say to you, whoever com-mits sin is a slave of sin. Therefore ifthe Son makes you free, you shall befree indeed.” —John 8:34, 36
16 JESUS OFFERS NEW LIFEJesus... said to him, “Most assur-edly, I say to you, unless one is bornagain, he cannot see the kingdom ofGod. Do not marvel that I said toyou, ‘You must be born again.’ ForGod so loved the world that He gaveHis only begotten Son, that whoeverbelieves in Him should not perishbut have everlasting life.”—John 3:3, 7, 16“I have come that they may havelife, and that they may have it moreabundantly.” —John 10:10b“And this is eternal life, that theymay know You, the only true God,and Jesus Christ whom You havesent.” —John 17:3“For as the Father raises the deadand gives life to them, even so theSon gives life to whom He will. Mostassuredly, I say to you, he who hearsMy word and believes in Him whosent Me has everlasting life, andshall not come into judgment, buthas passed from death into life.”—John 5:21, 24Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,he is a new creation; old things havepassed away; behold, all things havebecome new. —2 Corinthians 5:17JESUS OFFERS LIVING WATER 17So He came to a city of Samariawhich is called Sychar. . . . Jesustherefore, being wearied from Hisjourney, sat thus by the well.... Awoman of Samaria came to drawwater. Jesus said to her, “Give Me adrink.” ...Then the woman of Sa-maria said to Him, “How is it thatYou, being a Jew, ask a drink fromme, a Samaritan woman?” For Jewshave no dealings with Samaritans.Jesus answered and said to her, “Ifyou knew the gift of God, and who itis who says to you, ‘Give Me adrink,’ you would have asked Him,and He would have given you livingwater. ... Whoever drinks of thiswater will thirst again, but whoeverdrinks of the water that I shall givehim will never thirst. But the waterthat I shall give him will become inhim a fountain of water springing upinto everlasting life.”—John 4:5-10, 13-14Jesus ... cried out, saying, “Ifanyone thirsts, let him come to Meand drink. He who believes in Me, asthe Scripture has said, out of hisheart will flow rivers of living wa-ter.” But this He spoke concerningthe Spirit, whom those believing inHim would receive. —John 7:37b-39a18 JESUS TEACHES THROUGH PARABLES“Therefore whoever hears thesesayings of Mine, and does them, Iwill liken him to a wise man whobuilt his house on the rock: and therain descended, the floods came, andthe winds blew and beat on thathouse; and it did not fall, for it wasfounded on the rock. Now everyonewho hears these sayings of Mine, anddoes not do them, will be like a fool-ish man who built his house on thesand: and the rain descended, thefloods came, and the winds blew andbeat on that house; and it fell. Andgreat was its fall.”—Matthew 7:24-27“What man of you, having a hun-dred sheep, if he loses one of them,does not leave the ninety-nine in thewilderness, and go after the onewhich is lost until he finds it? Andwhen he has found it, he lays it onhis shoulders, rejoicing. And whenhe comes home, he calls together hisfriends and neighbors, saying tothem, ‘Rejoice with me, for I havefound my sheep which was lost!’ Isay to you that likewise there will bemore joy in heaven over one sinnerwho repents than over ninety-ninejust persons who need no repen-tance.” —Luke 15:4-7JESUS TEACHES HOW TO BE BLESSED 19And seeing the multitudes, Hewent up on a mountain .... Then Heopened His mouth and taught them,saying: “Blessed are the poor in spir-it, for theirs is the kingdom of heav-en. Blessed are those who mourn, forthey shall be comforted. Blessed arethe meek, for they shall inherit theearth. Blessed are those who hungerand thirst for righteousness, for theyshall be filled. Blessed are the merci-ful, for they shall obtain mercy.Blessed are the pure in heart, forthey shall see God. Blessed are thepeacemakers, for they shall be calledsons of God. Blessed are those whoare persecuted for righteousness’sake, for theirs is the kingdom ofheaven. Blessed are you when theyrevile and persecute you, and say allkinds of evil against you falsely forMy sake. Rejoice and be exceedinglyglad, for great is your reward inheaven.” —Matthew 5:1-12a“Blessed are those who hear theword of God and keep it!”—Luke 11:28b“Blessed are those who have notseen and yet have believed.”—John 20:29b“And blessed is he who is not of-fended because of Me.” —Luke 7:23JESUS TEACHES ABOUT BEING A DISCIPLE 21Then Jesus said to His disciples,“If anyone desires to come after Me,let him deny himself, and take up hiscross, and follow Me. For whoeverdesires to save his life will lose it, andwhoever loses his life for My sakewill find it. For what is a man profit-ed if he gains the whole world, andloses his own soul?”—Matthew 16:24-26a“So likewise, whoever of you doesnot forsake all that he has cannot beMy disciple.” —Luke 14:33“If you love Me, keep My com-mandments.” —John 14:15“This is My commandment, thatyou love one another as I have lovedyou.” —John 15:12“By this all will know that you areMy disciples, if you have love for oneanother.” —John 13:35Then Jesus said to those . . . whobelieved Him, “If you abide in Myword, you are My disciples indeed.”—John 8:31“By this My Father is glorified,that you bear much fruit; so you willbe My disciples.” —John 15:820 JESUS TEACHES ABOUT PRAYERMen always ought to pray and notlose heart. —Luke 18:lb“Two men went up to the templeto pray, one a Pharisee and the othera tax collector. The Pharisee stoodand prayed thus with himself, ‘God,I thank You that I am not like othermen—extortioners, unjust, adulter-ers, or even as this tax collector. Ifast twice a week; I give tithes of allthat I possess.’ And the tax collector,standing afar off, would not so muchas raise his eyes to heaven, but beathis breast, saying, ‘God be mercifulto me a sinner!’ I tell you, this manwent down to his house justifiedrather than the other; for everyonewho exalts himself will be abased,and he who humbles himself will beexalted.” —Luke 18:10-14“If two of you agree on earth con-cerning anything that they ask, itwill be done for them by My Fatherin heaven. For where two or threeare gathered together in My name, Iam there in the midst of them.”—Matthew 18:19b-20“And all things, whatever youask in prayer, believing, you willreceive.” —Matthew 21:22
22 JESUS TEACHES ABOUT HEAVEN AND HELL“Not everyone who says to Me,‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the king-dom of heaven, but he who does thewill of My Father in heaven.”—Matthew 7:21“Unless you are converted and be-come as little children, you will by nomeans enter the kingdom of heav-en.” —Matthew 18:3b“Enter by the narrow gate; forwide is the gate and broad is the waythat leads to destruction, and thereare many who go in by it. Becausenarrow is the gate and difficult is theway which leads to life, and there arefew who find it.” —Matthew 7:13-14“So it will be at the end of the age.The angels will come forth, separatethe wicked from among the just, andcast them into the furnace of fire.There will be wailing and gnashingof teeth.” —Matthew 13:49-50“Let not your heart be troubled;you believe in God, believe also inMe. In My Father’s house are manymansions; if it were not so, I wouldhave told you. I go to prepare aplace for you. And if I go and pre-pare a place for you, I will comeagain and receive you to Myself; thatwhere I am, there you may be also.”—John 14:1-3JESUS TELLS US WHO HE IS 23“I am the living bread which camedown from heaven, If anyone eats ofthis bread, he will live forever; andthe bread that I shall give is Myflesh, which I shall give for the life ofthe world.” —John 6:51“I am the door. If anyone entersby Me, he will be saved, and will goin and out and find pasture. I am thegood shepherd. The good shepherdgives His life for the sheep.”—John 10:9, 11“I am the way, the truth, and thelife. No one comes to the Father ex-cept through Me.” —John 14:6b“I am the light of the world. Hewho follows Me shall not walk indarkness, but have the light of life.”—John 8:12b“I am the resurrection and thelife. He who believes in Me, thoughhe may die, he shall live.”—John 11:25b“You call me Teacher and Lord,and you say well, for so I am.”—John 13:13Then they all said, “Are You thenthe Son of God?” And He said tothem, “You rightly say that I am.”—Luke 22:7024 JESUS HAS POWER OVER DISEASEAnd behold, a leper came andworshiped Him, saying, “Lord, ifYou are willing, You can make meclean.” Then Jesus put out His handand touched him, saying, “I am will-ing; be cleansed.” And immediatelyhis leprosy was cleansed.—Matthew 8:2-3And behold, there was a womanwho had a spirit of infirmity eigh-teen years, and was bent over andcould in no way raise herself up. Butwhen Jesus saw her, He called her toHim and said to her, “Woman, youare loosed from your infirmity.” AndHe laid His hands on her, and imme-diately she was made straight, andglorified God. —Luke 13:11-13Then great multitudes came toHim, having with them those whowere lame, blind, mute, maimed,and many others; and they laid themdown at Jesus’ feet, and He healedthem. —Matthew 15:30But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sickwith a fever, and they told Himabout her at once. So He came andtook her by the hand and lifted herup, and immediately the fever lefther. And she served them.—Mark 1:30-31JESUS HAS POWER OVER NATURE 25Then He commanded the multi-tudes to sit down on the grass. AndHe took the five loaves and the twofish, and looking up to heaven, Heblessed and broke and gave theloaves to the disciples; and the disci-ples gave to the multitudes. So theyall ate and were filled, and they tookup twelve baskets full of the frag-ments that remained. Now those whohad eaten were about five thousandmen, besides women and children.—Matthew 14:19-21Now in the fourth watch of thenight Jesus went to them, walking onthe sea. And when the disciples sawHim walking on the sea, they weretroubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” Andthey cried out for fear. But immedi-ately Jesus spoke to them, saying,“Be of good cheer! It is I; do not beafraid.” —Matthew 14:25-27And a great windstorm arose, andthe waves beat into the boat, so thatit was already filling. ...And theyawoke Him and said to Him, “Teach-er, do You not care that we are per-ishing?” Then He arose and rebukedthe wind, and said to the sea, “Peace,be still!” And the wind ceased andthere was a great calm.—Mark 4:37-39JESUS HAS POWER OVER DEMONS 27Now in the synagogue there was aman who had a spirit of an uncleandemon. And he cried out with a loudvoice, saying, “Let us alone! Whathave we to do with You, Jesus ofNazareth? Did You come to destroyus? I know You, who You are—theHoly One of God!” But Jesus re-buked him, saying, “Be quiet, andcome out of him!” And when the de-mon had thrown him in their midst,it came out of him and did not hurthim. So they were all amazed andspoke among themselves, saying,“What a word this is! For with auth-ority and power He commands theunclean spirits, and they come out.”—Luke 4:33-36And as he [a child] was still com-ing, the demon threw him down andconvulsed him. Then Jesus rebukedthe unclean spirit, healed the child,and gave him back to his father. Andthey were all amazed at the majestyof God. —Luke 9:42-43a“God anointed Jesus of Nazarethwith the Holy Spirit and with power,who went about doing good andhealing all who were oppressed bythe devil, for God was with Him.”—Acts 10:38b26 JESUS HAS POWER TO FORGIVE SINS“But that you may know that theSon of Man has power on earth toforgive sins”—then He said to theparalytic, “Arise, take up your bed,and go to your house.” And he aroseand departed to his house.—Matthew 9:6-7And He said to her, “Your sins areforgiven.” And those who sat at thetable with Him began to say to them-selves, “Who is this who even for-gives sins?” —Luke 7:48-49“Therefore let it be known to you,brethren, that through this Man ispreached to you the forgiveness ofsins; and by Him everyone who be-lieves is justified from all thingsfrom which you could not be jus-tified by the law of Moses.”—Acts 13:38-39In Him we have redemptionthrough His blood, the forgiveness ofsins, according to the riches of Hisgrace. —Ephesians 1:7If we confess our sins, He is faith-ful and just to forgive us our sinsand to cleanse us from all un-righteousness. —1 John 1:9
28 JESUS HAS POWER OVER DEATHJesus said, “Take away the stone.”Martha, the sister of him who wasdead, said to Him, “Lord, by thistime there is a stench, for he hasbeen dead four days.” Jesus said toher, “Did I not say to you that if youwould believe you would see theglory of God?” ...He cried with aloud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”And he who had died came outbound hand and foot with grave-clothes . . . . Jesus said to them,“Loose him, and let him go.”—John 11:39-40, 43-44A ruler came and worshiped Him,saying, “My daughter has just died,but come and lay Your hand on herand she will live.” But when thecrowd was put outside, He went inand took her by the hand, and thegirl arose. —Matthew 9:18b, 25And when He came near the gateof the city, behold, a dead man wasbeing carried out, the only son of hismother; and she was a widow....When the Lord saw her, He hadcompassion on her and said to her,“Do not weep.” Then He came andtouched the open coffin.... He said,“Young man, I say to you, arise.”And he who was dead sat up andbegan to speak. —Luke 7:12-15aRESPONSES TO JESUS’ MINISTRY 29He asked His disciples, saying,“Who do men say that I, the Son ofMan, am?” So they said, “Some sayJohn the Baptist, some Elijah, andothers Jeremiah or one of the proph-ets.” He said to them, “But who doyou say that I am?” And Simon Pe-ter answered and said, “You are theChrist, the Son of the living God.”Jesus answered and said to him,“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah,for flesh and blood has not revealedthis to you, but My Father who is inheaven.” —Matthew 16:13b-17And many of them said, “He has ademon and is mad. Why do you lis-ten to Him?” Others said, “Theseare not the words of one who has ademon. Can a demon open the eyesof the blind?” —John 10:20-21Then many of the Jews who had. . . seen the things Jesus did, be-lieved in Him. But some of themwent away to the Pharisees and toldthem the things Jesus did. Thenfrom that day on they plotted to putHim to death. —John 11:45-46, 53“They hated Me without a cause.”—John 15:25b30 JESUS PREDICTS HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTIONAnd He began to teach them thatthe Son of Man must suffer manythings, and be rejected by the eldersand chief priests and scribes, and bekilled, and after three days riseagain. —Mark 8:31“And I, if I am lifted up from theearth, will draw all peoples to My-self.” This He said, signifying bywhat death He would die.—John 12:32-33Jesus answered and said to them,“Destroy this temple, and in threedays I will raise it up.” Then theJews said, “It has taken forty-sixyears to build this temple, and willYou raise it up in three days?” ButHe was speaking of the temple of Hisbody. Therefore, when He had risenfrom the dead, His disciples remem-bered that He had said this to them.—John 2:19-22a“For as Jonah was three days andthree nights in the belly of the greatfish, so will the Son of Man be threedays and three nights in the heart ofthe earth.” —Matthew 12:40“But after I have been raised, Iwill go before you to Galilee.”—Matthew 26:32JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM TO DIE 31The next day a great multitudethat had come to the feast, when theyheard that Jesus was coming to Jeru-salem, took branches of palm treesand went out to meet Him, and criedout: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He whocomes in the name of the LORD!’TheKing of Israel!” Then Jesus, whenHe had found a young donkey, sat onit; as it is written: “Fear not, daugh-ter of Zion; behold, your King iscoming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.”—John 12:12-15In spite of the multitude’s enthusiastic re-ception as He entered Jerusalem, Jesusknew that His people would reject Himas King. He wept to think what wouldhappen to Jerusalem because theywould not receive the only One whocould bring them peace.Now as He drew near, He saw thecity and wept over it, saying, “If youhad known, even you, especially inthis your day, the things that makefor your peace! But now they arehidden from your eyes. For the dayswill come upon you when your ene-mies will ... not leave in you onestone upon another, because you didnot know the time of your visita-tion.” —Luke 19:41-44JESUS IS BETRAYED AND ARRESTED 33Then Judas Iscariot, one of thetwelve, went to the chief priests tobetray Him to them. So when theyheard it, they were glad, and prom-ised to give him money.—Mark 14:10-11aThen Jesus came with them to aplace called Gethsemane, and said tothe disciples, “Sit here while I go andpray over there.” And He took withHim Peter and the two sons of Zebe-dee, and He began to be sorrowfuland deeply distressed. He went a lit-tle farther and fell on His face, andprayed, saying, “O My Father, if it ispossible, let this cup pass from Me;nevertheless, not as I will, but as Youwill.” —Matthew 26:36-37, 39Then Judas, having received a de-tachment of troops, and officersfrom the chief priests and Pharisees,came there with lanterns, torches,and weapons. Then the detachmentof troops and the captain and theofficers of the Jews arrested Jesusand bound Him. —John 18:3, 12And the chief priests and all thecouncil sought testimony against Je-sus to put Him to death, and foundnone. For many bore false witnessagainst Him, but their testimoniesdid not agree. —Mark 14:55-5632 JESUS, THE PASSOVER LAMBJohn saw Jesus coming towardhim, and said, “Behold! The Lamb ofGod who takes away the sin of theworld!” —John 1:29bThen came the Day of UnleavenedBread, when the Passover [lamb]must be killed. And He sent Peterand John, saying, “Go and preparethe Passover for us, that we mayeat.” And He took bread, gavethanks and broke it, and gave it tothem, saying, “This is My bodywhich is given for you; do this in re-membrance of Me.” Then He tookthe cup, and ... said to them, “Thisis My blood of the new covenant,which is shed for many.”—Luke 22:7-8, 19; Mark 14:23-24He was oppressed and He wasafflicted, yet He opened not Hismouth; He was led as a lamb to theslaughter. —Isaiah 53:7aFor indeed Christ, our Passover,was sacrificed for us.—1 Corinthians 5:7bKnowing that you were not re-deemed with corruptible things, likesilver or gold, ... but with the pre-cious blood of Christ, as of a lambwithout blemish and without spot.—1 Peter 1:18-19
34 JESUS IS CONDEMNED AND CRUCIFIEDWhen morning came, all the chiefpriests and elders of the people tookcounsel against Jesus to put Him todeath. And when they had boundHim, they led Him away and deliv-ered Him to Pontius Pilate the gov-ernor. Pilate said to them, “Whatthen shall I do with Jesus who iscalled Christ?” They all said to him,“Let Him be crucified!”—Matthew 27:1-2, 22Now it was the third hour, andthey crucified Him. And the inscrip-tion of His accusation was writtenabove: THE KING OF THE JEWS.With Him they also crucified tworobbers, one on His right and theother on His left.... And those whopassed by blasphemed Him, waggingtheir heads and saying, “Aha! Youwho destroy the temple and build itin three days, save Yourself, andcome down from the cross!” Like-wise the chief priests. . . mocked andsaid among themselves, “He savedothers; Himself He cannot save.”—Mark 15:25-31And when Jesus had cried outwith a loud voice, He said, “Father,‘into Your hands I commend Myspirit.” And having said this, Hebreathed His last. —Luke 23:46JESUS’ DEATH REPORTED BY WITNESSES 35Now from the sixth hour until theninth hour there was darkness overall the land. Jesus, when He hadcried out again with a loud voice,yielded up His spirit. ... And theearth quaked, and the rocks weresplit. Now when the centurion andthose with him, who were guardingJesus, saw the earthquake and thethings that had happened, theyfeared greatly, saying, “Truly thiswas the Son of God!”—Matthew 27:45, 50-51, 54Then the soldiers came and brokethe legs of the first and of the otherwho was crucified with Him. Butwhen they came to Jesus and sawthat He was already dead, they didnot break His legs. But one ofthe soldiers pierced His side with aspear, and immediately blood andwater came out.... For these thingswere done that the Scripture shouldbe fulfilled, “Not one of His bonesshall be broken.” And again anotherScripture says, “They shall look onHim whom they pierced.”—John 19:32-37“But you ... killed the Prince oflife, whom God raised from thedead, of which we are witnesses.”—Acts 3:14-1536 JESUS IS BURIED, BUT RISES THE THIRD DAYThe chief priests and Phariseesgathered together to Pilate, saying,“Sir, we remember, while He was stillalive, how that deceiver said, ‘Afterthree days I will rise.’ Thereforecommand that the tomb be made se-cure until the third day, lest His dis-ciples come by night and steal Himaway, and say to the people, ‘He hasrisen from the dead.’ ...” Pilate saidto them, “You have a guard; go yourway, make it as secure as you knowhow.” So they ... made the tombsecure, sealing the stone and settingthe guard. —Matthew 27:62b-66... As the first day of the week be-gan to dawn, Mary Magdalene andthe other Mary came to see thetomb. And behold, there was a greatearthquake; for an angel of the Lorddescended from heaven, and cameand rolled back the stone from thedoor, and sat on it. His countenancewas like lightning, and his clothingas white as snow. And the guardsshook for fear of him, and becamelike dead men. But the angel an-swered and said to the women, “Donot be afraid, for I know that youseek Jesus who was crucified. He isnot here; for He is risen, as He said.”—Matthew 28:1-6aJESUS CONQUERS DEATH 37[Christ] rose again the third dayaccording to the Scriptures.—1 Corinthians 15:4b“I lay down My life that I maytake it again. No one takes it fromMe, but I lay it down of Myself. Ihave power to lay it down, and Ihave power to take it again....”—John 10:17b-18He will swallow up death forever,and the Lord GOD will wipe awaytears from all faces. —Isaiah 25:8a“I am He who lives, and was dead,and behold, I am alive forevermore.Amen. And I have the keys of Hades[hell] and of Death.”—Revelation 1:18“O Death, where is your sting? OHades, where is your victory?” Butthanks be to God, who gives us thevictory through our Lord JesusChrist. —1 Corinthians 15:55, 57“Do not marvel at this; for thehour is coming in which all who arein the graves will hear His voice andcome forth—those who have donegood, to the resurrection of life, andthose who have done evil, to the res-urrection of condemnation.”—John 5:28-29JESUS COMMISSIONS HIS DISCIPLES 39AND ASCENDS TO HEAVENThen Jesus said to them again,“Peace to you! As the Father has sentMe, I also send you.” He breathed onthem, and said to them, “Receive theHoly Spirit.” —John 20:21-22b“All authority has been given toMe in heaven and on earth. Gotherefore and make disciples of allthe nations, baptizing them in thename of the Father and of the Sonand of the Holy Spirit, teaching themto observe all things that I have com-manded you; and lo, I am with youalways, even to the end of the age.”—Matthew 28:18b-20“But you shall receive power whenthe Holy Spirit has come upon you;and you shall be witnesses to Me inJerusalem, and in all Judea and Sa-maria, and to the end of the earth.”Now when He had spoken thesethings, while they watched, He wastaken up, and a cloud received Himout of their sight.” —Acts 1:8-10So then, after the Lord had spo-ken to them, He was received up intoheaven, and sat down at the righthand of God. And they ... preachedeverywhere, the Lord working withthem. —Mark 16:19-20a38 JESUS APPEARS AFTER HIS RESURRECTIONNow when He rose early on thefirst day of the week, He appearedfirst to Mary Magdalene, out ofwhom He had cast seven demons.After that, He appeared in anotherform to two of them as they walkedand went into the country.—Mark 16:9, 12Then, the same day at evening, be-ing the first day of the week, whenthe doors were shut where the disci-ples were assembled, for fear of theJews, Jesus came and stood in themidst, and said to them, “Peace bewith you.” Now when He had saidthis, He showed them His hands andHis side. Then the disciples wereglad when they saw the Lord.—John 20:19-20He was seen by Cephas [Peter],then by the twelve. After that He wasseen by over five hundred brethrenat once . . . . After that He was seenby James, then by all the apostles.—1 Corinthians 15:5b-7“Him God raised up on the thirdday, and showed Him openly, not toall the people, but to witnesses cho-sen before by God, even to us whoate and drank with Him after He a-rose from the dead.” —Acts 10:40-41
40 THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES AS JESUS PROMISED“And I will pray the Father, andHe will give you another Helper, thatHe may abide with you forever, eventhe Spirit of truth, whom the worldcannot receive, because it neithersees Him nor knows Him; but youknow Him, for He dwells with youand will be in you. I will not leaveyou orphans; I will come to you.”—John 14:16-18Now when the Day of Pentecosthad fully come, they were all withone accord in one place. And sud-denly there came a sound fromheaven, as of a rushing mighty wind,and it filled the whole house wherethey were sitting. Then there ap-peared to them divided tongues, asof fire, and one sat upon each ofthem. And they were all filled withthe Holy Spirit and began to speakwith other tongues, as the Spiritgave them utterance. —Acts 2:1-4“This Jesus God has raised up, ofwhich we are all witnesses. There-fore being exalted to the right handof God, and having received fromthe Father the promise of the HolySpirit, He poured out this which younow see and hear.” —Acts 2:32-33JESUS LIVES IN BELIEVERS TODAY 41“Abide in Me, and I in you. As thebranch cannot bear fruit of itself,unless it abides in the vine, neithercan you, unless you abide in Me. Iam the vine, you are the branches.He who abides in Me, and I in him,bears much fruit; for without Meyou can do nothing.” —John 15:4-5Now he who keeps His command-ments abides in Him, and He in him.And by this we know that He abidesin us, by the Spirit whom He hasgiven us. —1 John 3:24I have been crucified with Christ;it is no longer I who live, but Christlives in me; and the life which I nowlive in the flesh I live by faith in theSon of God, who loved me and gaveHimself for me. —Galatians 2:20That He would grant you ... to bestrengthened with might throughHis Spirit in the inner man, thatChrist may dwell in your heartsthrough faith —Ephesians 3:16-17aThose who are in the flesh cannotplease God. But you are not in theflesh but in the Spirit, if indeed theSpirit of God dwells in you. Now ifanyone does not have the Spirit ofChrist, he is not His.—Romans 8:8b-942 JESUS IS GLORIFIEDBut we see Jesus, who was made alittle lower than the angels, for thesuffering of death crowned withglory and honor. —Hebrews 2:9aFor He received from God theFather honor and glory when such avoice came to Him from the Excel-lent Glory: “This is My beloved Son,in whom I am well pleased.” And weheard this voice which came fromheaven when we were with Him onthe holy mountain. —2 Peter 1:17-18And in the midst of the sevenlampstands [was] One like the Son ofMan, clothed with a garment downto the feet and girded about thechest with a golden band. His headand His hair were white like wool, aswhite as snow, and His eyes like aflame of fire; His feet were like finebrass, as if refined in a furnace, andHis voice as the sound of many wa-ters; He had in His right hand sevenstars, out of His mouth went a sharptwo-edged sword, and His counte-nance was like the sun shining in itsstrength. And when I saw Him, I fellat His feet as dead. But He laid Hisright hand on me, saying to me, “Donot be afraid; I am the First and theLast.” —Revelation 1:13-17JESUS SENDS MESSAGES TO THE CHURCHES 43“I have this against you, that youhave left your first love. Remembertherefore from where you have fal-len; repent and do the first works.”—Revelation 2:4b-5a“Do not fear any of those thingswhich you are about to suffer.... Befaithful until death, and I will giveyou the crown of life.”—Revelation 2:10“He who overcomes shall beclothed in white garments, and I willnot blot out his name from the Bookof Life; but I will confess his namebefore My Father.” —Revelation 3:5a“See, I have set before you anopen door, and no one can shut it;for you have a little strength, havekept My word, and have not deniedMy name.” —Revelation 3:8b“So then, because you are luke-warm, and neither cold nor hot, Iwill spew you out of My mouth.”—Revelation 3:16“As many as I love, I rebuke andchasten. To him who overcomes Iwill grant to sit with Me on Mythrone, as I also overcame and satdown with My Father on Histhrone.” —Revelation 3:19a, 21JESUS PROMISES TO RETURN 45“I will come again and receiveyou to Myself; that where I am, thereyou may be also.” —John 14:3bFor the Lord Himself will descendfrom heaven with a shout.... Andthe dead in Christ will rise first.Then we who are alive and remainshall be caught up together withthem in the clouds to meet the Lordin the air. And thus we shall alwaysbe with the Lord.—1 Thessalonians 4:16-17“For as the lightning comes fromthe east and flashes to the west, soalso will the coming of the Son ofMan be. Then the sign of the Son ofMan will appear in heaven, and thenall the tribes of the earth will mourn,and they will see the Son of Mancoming on the clouds of heaven withpower and great glory. And He willsend His angels with a great soundof a trumpet, and they will gather to-gether His elect from the four winds,from one end of heaven to the other.”—Matthew 24:27, 30-31“For the Son of Man will come inthe glory of His Father with His an-gels, and then He will reward eachaccording to his works.”—Matthew 16:2744 WHAT JESUS IS DOING TODAYBut this Man, after He had offeredone sacrifice for sins forever, satdown at the right hand of God.—Hebrews 10:12Seeing then that we have a greatHigh Priest who has passed throughthe heavens, Jesus the Son of God,let us hold fast our confession. Forwe do not have a High Priest whocannot sympathize with our weak-nesses, but was in all points temptedas we are, yet without sin. Let ustherefore come boldly to the throneof grace, that we may obtain mercyand find grace to help in time ofneed. —Hebrews 4:14-16But He, because He continues for-ever, has an unchangeable priest-hood. Therefore He is also able tosave to the uttermost those whocome to God through Him, since Heever lives to make intercession forthem. —Hebrews 7:24-25He Himself has said, “I will neverleave you nor forsake you.” So wemay boldly say: “The LORD is myhelper; I will not fear. What can mando to me?” —Hebrews 13:5b-6Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,today, and forever. —Hebrews 13:8
46 JESUS WILL JUDGE THE WORLD“God ... now commands all meneverywhere to repent, because Hehas appointed a day on which Hewill judge the world in righteousnessby the Man whom He has ordained.He has given assurance of this to allby raising Him from the dead.”—Acts 17:30b-31a“Many will say to Me in that day,‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesiedin Your name, cast out demons inYour name, and done many wondersin Your name?’ And then I will de-clare to them, ‘I never knew you; de-part from Me, you who practice law-lessness!’” —Matthew 7:22-23Each of us shall give account ofhimself to God. —Romans 14:12bBut the day of the Lord will comeas a thief in the night, in which theheavens will pass away with a greatnoise, and the elements will meltwith fervent heat; both the earth andthe works that are in it will beburned up. Therefore, since all thesethings will be dissolved, what man-ner of persons ought you to be inholy conduct and godliness . . . ?Nevertheless we, according to Hispromise, look for new heavens and anew earth in which righteousnessdwells. —2 Peter 3:10-13JESUS WILL REIGN FOREVER 47Therefore God also has highly ex-alted Him and given Him the namewhich is above every name, that atthe name of Jesus every knee shouldbow, of those in heaven, and of thoseon earth, and of those under theearth, and that every tongue shouldconfess that Jesus Christ is Lord, tothe glory of God the Father.—Philippians 2:9-11“I was watching in the night vi-sions, and behold, One like the Sonof Man, coming with the clouds ofheaven! .. Then to Him was givendominion and glory and a kingdom,that all peoples, nations, and lan-guages should serve Him. His do-minion is an everlasting dominion,which shall not pass away, and Hiskingdom the one which shall not bedestroyed.” —Daniel 7:13-14“Worthy is the Lamb who wasslain to receive power and riches andwisdom, and strength and honor andglory and blessing!”—Revelation 5:12bAnd there were loud voices inheaven, saying, “The kingdoms ofthis world have become the king-doms of our Lord and of His Christ,and He shall reign forever andever!” —Revelation 11:15b48 JESUS WANTS YOU TO COME TO HIM“Come to Me, all you who laborand are heavy laden, and I will giveyou rest. Take My yoke upon youand learn from Me, for I am gentleand lowly in heart, and you will findrest for your souls.”—Matthew 11:28-29“Behold, I stand at the door andknock. If anyone hears My voice andopens the door, I will come in to himand dine with him, and he with Me.”—Revelation 3:20The Lord is not slack concerningHis promise, as some count slack-ness, but is longsuffering toward us,not willing that any should perishbut that all should come to repen-tance. —2 Peter 3:9“All that the Father gives Me willcome to Me, and the one who comesto Me I will by no means cast out.”—John 6:37“And it shall come to pass thatwhoever calls on the name of theLORD shall be saved.” —Acts 2:21...Now is the day of salvation.—2 Corinthians 6:2Let him who thirsts come. Andwhoever desires, let him take the wa-ter of life freely. —Revelation 22:17bWHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS?“He who believes in the Son haseverlasting life; and he who does notbelieve the Son shall not see life, butthe wrath of God abides on Him.”—John 3:36How shall we escape if we neglect sogreat a salvation? —Hebrews 2:3aBut as many as received Him, to themHe gave the right to become children ofGod, even to those who believe in Hisname. —John 1:12Therefore lay aside all filthiness andoverflow of wickedness, and receivewith meekness the implanted word(Scripture), which is able to save yoursouls. —James 1:21If you confess with your mouth theLord Jesus and believe in your heartthat God has raised Him from thedead, you will be saved. For with theheart one believes to righteousness,and with the mouth confession ismade to salvation.—Romans 10:9b-10A PRAYER GUIDEDear Lord Jesus,Thank You for dying on the cross totake away my sins. I am sorry for thewrong things I have done. I receive Youinto my heart right now to be my Saviorand Lord. I believe Your promise to makeme a child of God. I trust You to give mestrength day by day to live for You.In Your name I pray, Amen.