Sunday: Reactions to Jesus
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Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son

Read the Gospels; read the New Testament. All through these books incredible claims are made about not only what Jesus did but, even more important, about who Jesus was. (Of course, what Jesus did powerfully attested to who He was.) These claims-that He is God, that He is our Redeemer, that He alone is the … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath Afternoon: Who Is Jesus Christ?
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Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 4:16-30, Luke 6:5, Eph. 1:3-5, Luke 9:18-27, 2 Pet. 1:16-18. Memory Text: He said to them, But who do you say that I am? Peter answered and said, The Christ of God (Luke 9:20, NKJV). Who is Jesus Christ? The question is not a philosophical or a sociological gimmick. It gets … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Witness of a House Church
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Zhang Wei was no ordinary citizen. He had served faithfully in the Chinese army, and as a well-respected individual, he served as mayor of his village. There came a time, however, when Zhang Wei decided to move to a large city to earn more money. Packing his few belongings, he went to one of the … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study
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About My Fathers Business

If Joseph and Mary had stayed their minds upon God by meditation and prayer, they would have realized the sacredness of their trust, and would not have lost sight of Jesus. By one day’s neglect they lost the Saviour; but it cost them three days of anxious search to find Him. So with us; by … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: “Christ the Victor”
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Angel Landing

Luke and Matthew reverse the order of the second and third temptations. The reason is not clear, but that need not detain us. The crucial point is the ultimate victory of Jesus over Satan, proclaimed by both Gospels. The significant factor that emerges from study of the temptations is that Jesus Christ is a real … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: “Worship Me”
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Christ Tempted

Read Luke 4:5-8. Why would Satan want Jesus to worship him? What crucial issue was at stake here? Worship is the sole prerogative of God. It is the one factor that forever separates the creature from the Creator. One of the issues in Lucifer’s rebellion against God in heaven is that of worship. Lucifer’s ambition … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: “Not By Bread Alone”
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Evil Whispers

Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, . . . was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil (Luke 4:1-2, NKJV). Born for a God-ordained mission, commissioned to the task at His baptism, equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus the Christ retreated into the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: “You Are My Beloved Son”
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The Baptism

In Luke 2:41-50, we read the famous story of Joseph and Mary losing sight of Jesus in Jerusalem. What’s especially fascinating is Jesus’ response to Mary when she rebukes Him (Luke 2:48). Jesus’ answer is an affirmation of His divine self-consciousness, that He is the Son of God. Why did you seek Me? Did you … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Prepare the Way of the Lord
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Man Being Baptized

In Luke 3:1-38, John appears in his unique and crucial role in salvation history. Whatever else one could say about John’s preaching, he was not sugarcoating his words in order to please the crowd. Read Luke 3:1-14. His words are filled with important truths, not just for those within earshot but for all of us. … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Baptism and Temptations
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Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 3:1-14; Rom. 6:1-6; Luke 3:21-22; Luke 4:5-8; Isa. 14:13-14; Luke 4:9-13. Memory Text: And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said,You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased (Luke 3:22, NKJV). As we … [Click to read more …]