Sabbath School Summary
Jesus and Those in Need
Lesson 7
Memory Text: Luke 4:18, 19

Memory Text: “ ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord’ ” (Luke 4:18, 19, NKJV).

SATURDAY: Paramount among the reasons why Jesus came to earth was to manifest God’s glory—He was “God with us”. He revealed how God finds joy in giving “by His teaching, by His sacrifice, and by His life”. The OT prophets, Mary the mother of Jesus, & Himself foretold the benevolent nature of His ministry (Luke 4). His opposers met His loving work with cruxifixction. Yet, He rose again to minister.

Among other reasons for His incarnation, Jesus came to show us what God is like. He did this by His teaching, by His sacrifice, and by His life; that is, by how He interacted with ordinary people. Many of His actions made immediate, real-world changes in the lives of others.
This aspect of the Messiah’s ministry had been predicted by the Old Testament prophets, by Jesus’ mother Mary, and even by Jesus Himself when He defined His mission in His first recorded sermon (Luke 4). In addition, the Gospel writers often used the language of the Old Testament prophets to explain what Jesus was doing as they narrated His story. In this way, Jesus’ life was seen clearly in the tradition of these prophets, including their compassion for the poor and oppressed.
The religious leaders, however, perceived Jesus as a threat. In a horrible example of injustice and cruelty, they had Jesus arrested, unjustly tried, and crucified. In Jesus, God knows what injustice feels like—and, in His death, He exposed the horror of evil. In His resurrection, though, He triumphed for life, goodness, and salvation.

SUNDAY: The tidings of the birth of Christ filled Mary’s heart with joy. Amongst all women, God had chosen her to be the mother of the Messiah. Elizabeth, a relative to Mary, who was also expecting “a miracle baby” by divine revelation got to know about Mary’s news. Together, the two women made merry to the Lord (Luke 1:46-55). We’re called to celebrate God’s mercies in our lives just like them.

MONDAY: Jesus began His public ministry with His mission statement which was also foretold by the OT prophets. He revealed that unlike the kingdoms of this world, His will bring relief to the oppressed & needy (Isa. 61:1, 2; Luke 4:16-21). The primary recipient of the gospel were the poor & hurting (Luke 7:18-23). When sending His disciples out, He commissioned them to bless others (Matt. 10:7-8).

TUESDAY: The miracles Jesus wrought was not based on caste or race; as many as came to Him, they were healed. He did not only heal by word but also by touch; “‘unclean though they were’” (Mark 5:24-34, John 5:1-15, Matt. 14:14). Instructing those He healed not to publicize His works, Jesus showed that salvation is the ultimate goal in life, and not miracles (Matt. 12:15-21, DA. p. 496, John 17:3).

WEDNESDAY: As meek and mild as He was, as much as He depicted His tender love, Christ was also a reformer; forceful at times (Matt. 21:12-16, Mark 11:15-19, Luke 19:45-48, John 2:13-17). Out of greed, men replaced “true worship with the sale of sacrificial animals”. As a prophet (Matt. 21:11) like the OT prophets, Jesus forcefully drove out the merchants. He was killed like the OT prophets (Luke 19:47, 48).

THURSDAY: Christ came to our world to fight hatred, jealousy, and injustice, yet, men never changed. These three elements were what cost His life. Talk of excruciating pain, torture, mockery, crucifixion, & death; all the Savior endured just for our sakes, though innocent (Phil. 2:7-8). Thus, “in Jesus, God knows what it feels like to be a victim of evil and injustice” (Heb. 4:15). The Cross shows God’s love.

FRIDAY: The Bible clearly testifies that Christ is coming again to deal with injustice. He’ll punish rulers, leaders, rich men, and anyone who breaks His law. God is just as He is merciful. Christ’s death on the Cross speaks for itself; “the wages of sin is death”. “Christ the sinless became a sin for man”. Bearing our sins, He was forsaken by God that we would be taken by God.

—Ellen G. White, “In the Footsteps of the Master,” pp. 117-124, in Welfare Ministry; “Days of Ministry,” pp. 29-50, in The Ministry of Healing; “The Temple Cleansed Again,” pp. 589-600; “In Pilate’s Judgment Hall,” pp. 723-740, in The Desire of Ages. The Great Controversy, pp. 539, 540.

Keywords

OT- Old Testament.

DA- The Desire of Ages.

Captions

SUNDAY- Mary’s Song
MONDAY- Jesus’ Mission Statement
TUESDAY- Jesus Heals
WEDNESDAY- Clearing The Temple
THURSDAY- The Cross Of Christ

Discussion Questions

📌 Read the Ellen G. White statement above. Talk about the realit y of injustice: Christ, the innocent, suffering the penalty of the guilty! Why is it so important to keep this crucial truth before us?

📌 Jesus never advocated political reform in order to bring about the kind of “kingdom” He referred to. After all, history is filled with very sad stories of people who used violence and oppression, all in the name of helping the downtrodden and the oppressed. So often all that had been accomplished was the replacement of one oppressive class with another one. Though Christians can and should work with the powers that be in order to try to help the downtrodden, why must they always be wary of using politics to achieve these ends?

📌 Think about what the plan of salvation entailed. Jesus, the just, suffering for the unjust—which means each one of us. Why should this great sacrifice, in our behalf, make us new people in Christ?

Entire Lesson Summary

the Gospels, Jesus’ ministry is introduced and explained with reference to the work of the Old Testament prophets. Good news to the poor, freedom for the oppressed, and healing for the broken were proclaimed as markers of the Messiah—and something Jesus demonstrated throughout His ministry. Yet, in His death, He also suffered the brunt of injustice and ultimately overcame the worst of fallen humanity and inhumanity. Thanks to His unjust death in our behalf, our sins can be forgiven, and we have the promise of eternal life.

For August 10-16. Happy Sabbath.

—Michael

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