Friday: Further Study: Christ, our Sacrifice
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Further Study: “The Atonement, Part I—Atoning Sacrifice,” pp. 661-680, in Appendix C of The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7A. What Martin Luther frequently called a “wonderful exchange” or “joyous exchange” of Christ’s righteousness for human sin, Ellen G. White describes in a classic statement as follows: “Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: God of the Impossible
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When my parents died, my grandmother took me in. Her priest hoped I would follow in his footsteps, so he paid my school fees. One day he gave me a sermon and told me to preach it the following Sunday. I didn’t understand it, and the priest wasn’t there to explain it. So I asked … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: A Great Danger
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In the book of Hebrews, Paul not only focuses on the theological understanding of Christ’s sacrifice, he also explains some of its practical implications. At several places he shows what happens if someone ignores this sacrifice. Read Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26-31. About what is Paul warning us? What kinds of attitudes does he describe? In … [Click to read more …]

07: Christ, Our Sacrifice – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ, Our Sacrifice November 13, 2013] 1. Substitution. Have you ever been a teacher or held another position where your work was essential that if you couldn’t be there, a substitute had to be found? Does that substitute sometimes prove to be of lesser ability? By contrast, in what ways is Jesus the infinitely … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Spotless Sacrifice
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Which criteria does a sacrificial animal need to meet? Read Exod. 12:5, Lev. 3:1, 4:3. The selection of a sacrificial animal required great care. A person could not just take any animal for an offering; the animal needed to fulfill several criteria, depending on the kind of offering. However, there is one criterion that all … [Click to read more …]

07: Christ Our Sacrifice – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Jesus became an atoning sacrifice for you, took your condemnation upon Himself, and gave you eternal life.. [Teaching plan for Christ, Our Sacrifice November 11,2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Isaiah 53:2-6. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. Why … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Christ’s Blood
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The concept of redemptive blood pervades the entire Bible. Starting from the earliest sacrifices after Adam and Eve sinned, blood was always present when animal sacrifices occurred. Blood rituals characterized the Israelite sacrificial system in order to illustrate the crucial truth that, without blood, we would not have any chance to be forgiven our sins … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Sufficient Substitution
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Read Hebrews 2:9. What does it mean that Jesus “taste[d] death for everyone?” See also Heb. 2:17, Heb. 9:26-28, Heb. 10:12. Jesus died for sinners. He was without sin (Heb. 4:15) so that when He gave His life as a sacrifice He would not die for His own sin. On the contrary, He was “to … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Jesus in Isaiah 53
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Read Isaiah 53:2-12. What do these verses teach about what Christ did for us?   Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is a powerful description of Christ’s death for the sins of the world. Several aspects in this passage provide clear evidence that Jesus’ death is atonement in the form of penal substitution, which means that He took the … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Christ, Our Sacrifice
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Read for This Week’s Study: Isa. 53:2-12, Heb.2:9, Heb. 9:26-28, Heb. 9:12, Exod. 12:5,Heb.4:15. Memory Text: “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24, NASB). Catholic Priest Maximilian Kolbe was imprisoned in … [Click to read more …]