Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School Class Sabbath, February 26, 2022.
Main Theme: Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. “With His stripes we are healed.”-Ellen White, Desire of Ages, Page 25.
Read Together: Hebrews 9:22-28. Define the main point of this passage.
Study: What does this passage say about the work of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary?
Apply: Think what you would face if you had to face the just punishment for your sins. How should that truth help you understand what Christ has done for you?
Share: Your friend asks you why Jesus is ministering in the sanctuary? Wasn’t everything already accomplished on the cross for our salvation? Why is He in the sanctuary now? What do you tell your friend? For Hints see The Sanctuary in Light of the Cross.
Read Together: Hebrews 2:9. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: How did Jesus taste death for every man? Especially since everyone seems to die their own death? Hint: See The God-forsaken God.
Apply: How does Jesus’ death on the cross not only atone for our sin, but also help restore our faith in God’s love?
Share: A friend tells you they have read where Jesus died for everyone, but how can they know for sure that they can have eternal life? How do you answer your friend? Hint: See The Gospel Presentation.
Read Together: Hebrews 7;27 and Hebrews 10:10. Discuss the main idea of these passages.
Study: How is Jesus’ sacrifice described in these passages?
Apply: The cross is the basis for all the benefits that God bestows upon us. It provides purification from sin, sanctification to serve, and nourishment to grow. How can we better experience what we have been given in Jesus?
Share: A friend asks, why did all those innocent animals have to be killed in the Old Testament if Jesus’ sacrifice accomplished forgiveness for all time? What do you tell your friend?
Read Together: Romans 3:21-26, Romans 1:16-17, and Romans 5:8. Discuss the common idea in these passages.
Study: What does Redemption in the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins reveal about God?
Apply: Why does the cross and the ministry of Jesus in our behalf suggest that we should look confidently, but with humility and repentance, toward the judgment?
Share: Have you ever shared the Gospel Presentation with someone? Can you think of someone this week you could share it with?
“No sooner does one come to Christ than there is born in his heart a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus; the saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart. If we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ and are filled with the joy of His indwelling Spirit, we shall not be able to hold our peace. If we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good we shall have something to tell. Like Philip when he found the Saviour, we shall invite others into His presence.” -Ellen White, Steps to Christ, Page 78.