INTRODUCTIONIn our study today, the focus is going to be on the words redeem or redemption. Theword that we could probably use instead is ransom. What would a news reporter be talking about if they said on the news that someone is going to pay the ransom for someone else?
STUDYING GOD’S WORDWhat price did Jesus pay to redeem (ransom) us?
Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, inaccordance with the riches of God’s grace
The price Jesus paid was his blood. In the Old Testament, God said that when an animal was sacrificed, it was the blood of the animal that paid for people’s sins. Thelife of the animal was in its blood. When the blood was drained the life was gone. This was the price that had to be paid for our sins. Jesus had to give up his lifeblood to pay for our sins.
Isaiah 53:5But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
The price Jesus paid was his suffering.Think about the pain Jesus went through.He was whipped, starved, hit, dehydrated, nails pierced him, had a crown of thorns on his head and hung on a cross to die. This was the price God demanded ofJesus to pay for us. God is serious about the punishment for sin.
Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did notcome to be served, but to serve,and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The price Jesus paid was his death. Let’ssay that the mayor of Roscoe passed a law that if a person does not ride his bike,scooter or skateboard on the left side of the street it is a $100,000 fine. Let’s say you are caught riding on the right side of thestreet. Your parents want to pay the fine foryou, but the judge says that you have to pay it with your own money. You would be in deep trouble, you can’t pay. That is our condition before God. The fine of sin is death. That is what Jesus had to pay for us.
Hebrews 9:15For this reason Christ is the mediator of anew covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
The price Jesus paid was enough to set us free. In a movie or TV show about a kidnapping and a ransom, the situation issuspenseful to see if the person will truly beset free when the ransom is paid or whether the criminals will hurt the person. There isno doubt about the ransom Jesus paid. We are free!
The price Jesus paid that was enough to redeem (ransom) us was hisblood, his sufferings and his death.
Psalm 49:7-8 7 No man can redeem the life ofanother or give to God a ransom for him— 8 the ransom for a life iscostly, no payment is ever enough
The price he paid was more than any of uscould pay. Remember the example of the fine for riding on the wrong side of the street. Let’s say that it was no longer $100,000 but a $100 million. You might say to the judge, “I’ll work hard to pay!” But he will just laugh and throw you intoprison because he knows you would never be able to pay it back. None of us could pay back the debt to free us from sin, death and the devil.
1 Peter 1:18-19 18 For you know that it was not withperishable things such as silver or gold thatyou were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious bloodof Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. defect
The blood of God’s Son is very precious.All the money in the world is not enough to pay back God for even one persons sins. The blood of God’s one and onlySon is the most precious thing there is inGod’s eyes and that is what was used to pay for our sins. Jesus’ blood did what money couldn’t do. It set us free.
Isaiah 53:6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and theLORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Jesus was innocent and God put all our sins on him. In the Old Testament, the scapegoat was a picture of Christ. Thepeople would lay their hands on the goats head and transfer their sins to it in aspiritual way and then send the goat out in the wilderness to die. The goat wasinnocent of the sins it was condemned for. Likewise, Christ did nothing sinful but died because he carried all people’s sins.
The price Jesus paid was able toredeem (ransom) us because of his holy, precious blood and his innocent sufferings and death.
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFEAgree or disagree and why? Jesus’ bloodcould ransom us because Jesus was aperfect man who was perfectly holy.Evaluate: God could have set the price forsinners lower so that Jesus wouldn’t havehad to suffer so much and give up His life.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD How did Jesus carry out this humbling task?
Philippians 2:7-87 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in humanlikeness. 8 And being found in appearanceas a man, he humbled himself and becameobedient to death— even death on a cross!
He humbled himself by not using hisheavenly power and glory. Consider theexample of his power and submission to the guards in the Garden of Gethsemane.
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord JesusChrist, that though he was rich, yet for yoursakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.Jesus gave up his position in heaven andtook on poverty for us. Jesus came down the 6 steps of humiliation as stated in the2nd Article. He was conceived, born lowly etc...
The Bible tells me that Jesus did not make use of all of his heavenlypower and glory in order to save us.
CHRISTIAN VOCABULARYHumiliation: Jesus willingly putting asidehis power and glory to save us. (the sixsteps down)Redeem: (redemption) Literally means to“buy back” . Our redemption from sin costJesus his holy precious blood, innocentsuffering and death.
Write in below the 6 steps of Jesus’ humiliationConceived by the Holy Spirit Born of a virgin Jes Suffered under Pontius Pilate us ’ Hu mi l iatio Crucified n Died Buried
Are these events fair or unfair?• A murderer and rapist are executed by lethal injection• An armed robber is sentenced to life in prison.3. A drug user contracts AIDS after using an infected needle4.A perfect person suffered and died for the evil others have committed.
Perfect Jesus went willingly to the cross to suffer and die for our sins.Our disobedience nailed Jesus to the cross. We receive purely out ofGod’s grace, forgiveness of sins andeternal life, because Jesus received the punishment we deserved. That’s redemption.
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFE Agree or disagree and why? Jesusredeemed me from the curse of all sins,there is no danger that any of my sins cancondemn me. Agree or disagree and why? Jesusdeath paid for the sins of all believers.Hymnology Hymn 376Jesus your Blood and Righteousness
ASSIGNMENT FOR NEXT TIMEREVIEWING THE LESSON1. Review your notes; be sure you understand them. Be prepared for a written or oral quiz. Don’t forget about the vocabulary words!2. Make a flashcard for and memorize Philippians 2:7-8. Be able to put the passage into your own words or answer questions concerning it.3. In your journals, finish the thoughts God’s redemption seems unfair because… God’s redemption is fair because…PREPARING FOR THE NEXT LESSONAsk your parents to help you with the following activity:1. Read through the Bible History Worksheet and be able to answer questions on the quiz regarding it..Learn the Confession of our FaithMemorize: 2nd Article of the Apostles’ CreedM (up to ...is my Lord)
INTRODUCTIONWhen a ruler gets a lot of power after beingvictorious over his opponent, sometimes heuses that power to serve himself and make himself rich. He taxes his people far morethan he needs to. Then he puts the money in s Swiss bank account so that if he is deposed he will have a huge amount of money to live on the rest of his life. Why would a ruler do that? Why would people be glad to get rid of someone like that?
STUDYING GOD’S WORD How does Jesus’ descent intohell and his resurrection assure us that he is our victor?
1 Peter 3:18-19 18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to deathin the body but made alive by the Spirit, 19 through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison
Jesus’ descent into hell assures us of his victory over the devil and his angels. If you have seen the movie “Gladiator”, you know what it was like when the armyreturned to Rome victorious. There wouldbe a big parade and the army would marchdown main street to proclaim their victory. The same is true of Jesus going down to hell and marching down main street to proclaim his victory over our enemies.
1 Corinthians 15:17And if Christ has not been raised, yourfaith is futile; you are still in your sins.
Jesus’ resurrection assures us that our sins are forgiven. Let’s say someone came to your door with a mountain bike and wanted to sell it to you for half price but only for cash. You might get a little suspicious and want some proof that he really owned the bike and that it wasn’t stolen. We’d be fools not to. We wouldalso be fools if we didn’t ask for proof that our sins are really forgiven. Jesus gives us the proof in his resurrection showing he kept his promise just like he said he would.
1 Corinthians 15:22-2322 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
Jesus’ resurrection assures us that he will raise us from the dead. If I say to you, “I can do 100 vertical pushups in a row without using a wall to balance,” the first thing you would say is “Prove it.” Jesussays that he will raise us from the dead onthe last day. We don’t have to say to him prove it. He already has in his own resurrection from the dead.
Jesus’ descent into hell and hisresurrection assure us that he is our Victor over our enemies of sin, death and the devil.
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STUDYING GOD’S WORDWhat does Jesus’ ascensionmean for us every day?
Ephesians 4:8 This is why it says: “When heascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.”
Since Jesus returned to Heaven as aconquering hero, he proved his work for us was complete. When David killed Goliath,he was treated like a hero because it was a victory for all God’s people over the Philistines. So too with Jesus, he wasreceived as a conquering hero because his victory was for all God’s people over our enemies.
John 14:2-32 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I willcome back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
He returned to prepare a place for us in heaven. Make a promise to return. Leave the room and come back in aminute. Ask if there was any doubt that you would return. The same thing applies to Jesus. He will return as hepromised so each day we can rejoice as we are a day closer to seeing Jesus.
Jesus’ ascension means that everyday we are one day closer to being with him in the place that he has gone ahead to prepare for us.
CHRISTIAN VOCABULARYExultation: Jesus took back his full powerand glory beginning with his victoriousdescent into hell. (His five steps back up)Resurrection: literally coming to life fromthe dead - refers to Christ’s coming to lifeon the 3rd day and the raising to life of allpeople on the last day.Ascension: Jesus’ visible return to heaven40 days after his resurrection from thedead.
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFE Jesus did not descend into hell to givethe devil, his evil angels or unbelievers asecond chance. Give two reasons why it isimportant for us to understand this. Evaluate: Which is the most importantchurch festival that we celebrate? Is itChristmas which is the birthday of Jesus orEaster which is the resurrection of Jesus?
STUDYING GOD’S WORD What does Jesus sitting at the righthand of God mean for us every day?
Ephesians 1:20,22 20 which he exerted in Christ when heraised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
Jesus is ruling over all things for thegood of the church. When a little child plays a game by alone, they always make sure their team wins. Jesus is something like that. Being incomplete control means that believers always will be victorious in the end.
1 John 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so thatyou will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in ourdefense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
Jesus is before the Father pleading our case and defending us. A good defense lawyer is a key to winning a case. If youtry to defend yourself, you might say or do the wrong thing. Jesus is our perfect defense lawyer as God’s Son. We can’t possibly lose because Jesus has already won it for us.
2 Timothy 4:18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to hisheavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Jesus is always protecting us to bring us safely to his kingdom. In Romans 8:38, Paul gives us a list of things that might try and separate us from God: life or death, angels or demons, present or future, powerful people, etc. Nothing in this worldcan succeed in tearing us away from God’slove. That is the same confidence we have every day because Jesus is protecting us every day from heaven.
Jesus sitting at the right hand of God means that every day he isruling over everything, defending me and protecting me .
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFEEvaluate: Jane has a friend who says thatshe can’t see how Jesus can be ruling overall things because there are so many sadand evil things which take place in theworld.Agree or disagree and why? Jesus can’tplead our case very well before God unlessin our lives we really try to be a goodChristian.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD What does Jesus’ coming to judgethe world mean for us every day?
Matthew 25:31-3331 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate thepeople one from another as a shepherdseparates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Jesus will come in glory to judge all people. Some think that they can escape Jesus’ judgment by having their bodies cremated and then having somebody scatter their ashes over the ocean. But God says that everybody that ever lived will stand before Jesus’ judgment seat.
Matthew 24:36,42,44 36 “No one knows about that day or hour,not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 44 So you alsomust be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Jesus will come at a time that nobodyknows, so we need to be ready every day. There are many books out there and TV programs that claim that they know the end of the world. People have sold everything and have gone to a certain place because they thought they would meet Jesus. Every effort will be disappointed because Jesus will come when we least expect Him.
Mark 16:15-16 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.16 Whoever believes and is baptized willbe saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Verse 16
Jesus will judge on the basis of whether people believed in Him or not. In Matthew 25, it says that Jesus will put people on his right and on his left. He will then point out what people on his left never did in love for him (hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, in prison) while the people on his right did all these things out of love for Jesus. In this way, Jesus is going to use what people did to determine whether they believed in him or not. The believers will be praised for thethings that Christ had to do perfectly in their place.
Jesus’ coming to judge the world reminds me to continue to study God’s Wordevery day so that I am a believer who is ready whenever he comes.
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFE Agree or Disagree and why? WhenJesus says that he will come on a day whenwe least expect him, he is trying to scare usinto being prepared at all times for hiscoming.Agree or Disagree and why? Jesuscoming to judge the world is nothing for usto worry about.
ASSIGNMENT FOR NEXT TIMEREVIEWING THE LESSON1. Review your notes; be sure you understand them. Be prepared for a written or oral quiz. Don’t forget about the vocabulary words!2. Make a flashcard for and memorize Mark 16:16 and 1 John 2:1. Be able to put the passage into your own words or answer questions concerning it.PREPARING FOR THE NEXT LESSONAsk your parents to help you with the following activity:1. Read through the Bible History Worksheet and be able to answer questions on the quiz regarding it..Learn the Confession of our FaithMemorize: The entire 2nd Article