42-BSG-3 (Luke 3)

Bible Study Guide.
42-BSG-3 (Luke 3)
March 13, 2018

PRAYER: Father in heaven, we thank You for Your Holy Word. Before we consider this chapter, we invite Your Spirit to lead and guide us. Forgive us Lord, and prepare us for Your kingdom. We thank You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Chapter Overview.
Characters: Holy Spirit, God, John Baptist, Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip, Annas, Caiaphas, Zacharias, Abraham.
Key Word: Baptism, Lk 3:16, 21.
Strong Verses: Lk 3:5, 7-9, 16, 21-22, 37.

Biblical People/ Groups:
[1] Crowd baptized by John the Baptist • Lk 3:7–8, 10–11, 15–16, 18, 21; etc.
[2] John the Baptist • Lk 3:2–3, 7–8, 10–16, 18–20; Mt 3:1–2, 4–7, 9, 11, 13–15; etc.

Biblical Places:
[1] Iturea • Lk 3:1, 1 Chr 5:19, 19 (cf. Kingdom of Herod the Great)
[2] Abilene • Lk 3:1 (cf. Paul’s Third Missionary Journey)
[3] Trachonitis • Lk 3:1

Biblical Things:
[1] Road • Lk 3:4–5, Gen 3:24; 16:7; 28:20; etc.
[2] Tree • Lk 3:9, Gen 1:11–12, 29, 31–2:1, 5, 9, 16–17; etc.
[3] Fire • Lk 3:9, 16–17, Gen 3:24; 15:17; 19:24; 22:6–7; Ex 3:2; etc.

BIBLICAL EVENTS.
Events occurring:
(a) John the Baptist appears in the wilderness • Lk 3:3–6
(b) John the Baptist calls for repentance • Lk 3:7–9
(c) John the Baptist tells people how to show repentance • Lk 3:10–14
(d) John the Baptist tells about the Messiah • Lk 3:15–18
(e) John the Baptist is arrested • Lk 3:19–20
(f) John the Baptist baptizes Jesus • Lk 3:21–22

Events mentioned:
(a) Boaz and Ruth marry and have a son • Ru 4:13–17 (Lk 3:32)
(b) Leah has four sons • Gen 29:31–35 (Lk 3:33–34)
(c) Isaac is born • Gen 21:1–7 (Lk 3:34)
(d) Rebekah gives birth to Jacob and Esau • Gen 25:24–26 (Lk 3:34)

Summary of Main Points:
[1] The time when John the Baptist entered on his ministry, Lk 3:1, 2.
[2] His preaching and exhortations, Lk 3:3-14.
[3] His testimony concerning Jesus, Lk 3:15-18.
[4] John is put in prison by Herod, Lk 3:19, 20.
[5] Christ is baptized and receives testimony from heaven, Lk 3:21, 22.
[6] Christ genealogy is traced back to Adam, Lk 3:23-38.


SECTION I: BIBLICAL THEMES IN LUKE 3.

Luke 3:1
Fulfilled Prophecy: Messiah → Pre-ministry → Announcement by forerunner.
Fulfilled Prophecy: John the Baptist → Preaching repentance in preparing the way for the Messiah.

Luke 3:2
Instructions for Daily Life:
(a) Obedience to God, His Word, Commands, and Law.
(b) Willingness to live or die according to His will.
(c) Walking in His ways

Luke 3:3-7
Our duty → preaching repentance in preparing the way for the Messiah (cf. the 2nd Coming)
Repentance → awakenings and religious reforms
Repentance → the subject of John the Baptist.
Sins → punishments for sin
Opportunity → Universal salvation: Possible to all men. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9, NKJV)

Salvation → Conditions of salvation
Salvation →The salvation of the Lord
Sins (Specific Sins) → Sins Directly Against Self → Hypocrisy.

Luke 3:8
God’s Ability → to raise up children from stones
Conversion → bearing fruits worthy of repentance (cf. Gal 5:22-25)
Pride → examples of Jewish pride, as the chosen nation
Reproof → Sadducees: Rebuked by John the Baptist
Repentance → Conditions of Salvation

Luke 3:9
Warnings → to wicked people.
Sins Directly Against Self → Hypocrisy
Sins Directly Against God → trusting in one’s resources instead of God.
Sins (Specific Sins) → Heritage: ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ (Luke 3:8b, NKJV)

Luke 3:21-22 (John baptizes Jesus)
Jesus Christ: Information About Him.
His relationships with God the Father
He was identified as His Son
Historical fact → Christ is immersed in the Jordan by John.
Ministry B — Birth to Ascension → Preparations for ministry → Baptism

Other Themes:
Baptism → Jesus Crist: Our Examples.
Prayer → Private devotions of Christ
Prayer → Public prayers of Christ
Prayer → Prayers in great crises, or special occasion.
Holy Spirit→ the descention of the Holy Spirit
Turtle Dove → Symbolical of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit→ believer’s victory, and empowerment.
Vision → John the Baptist At the immersion of Jesus.
Witness of the Holy Spirit → Borne to Christ as the Messiah

Luke 3:23–37
Biblical Genealogies → Christ: from Adam (prob. through His mother’s father, Heli)


SECTION II: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS.

[1] Which gospel writer gave the most detailed history regarding the time of Jesus’ birth? Luke. (See Lk 3:1)

[2] Who was Tiberius? The second emperor of Rome.

[3] Who was John the Baptist? The forerunner, sent to prepare the way for Christ. (Lk 1:76; 3:3–6)

[4] What prophecy had been spoken concerning him? “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”” (Malachi 4:5–6, NKJV)

[5] What were the special features of John’s preaching? Repentance; forgiveness of sin through the coming Messiah; and baptism as the outward sign of this repentance.

[6] What is repentance? A sorrow for sin which produces a change in mind and heart.

[7] Was John’s preaching successful? Yes, people from all parts of Judea confessed their sins and were baptized. (Matt. 3:5-6; Mark 1:5)

[8] What especial virtues did John recommend to those who came to him? Generosity, honesty, kindness, and contentment.

[9] What is the fruit of true repentance? Ceasing to do evil willfully and habitually. “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil,” (Isaiah 1:16, NKJV)

[10] What instructions did John give to the multitudes? “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” (Luke 3:11, NKJV)

[11] What were the publicans? Jewish collectors of Roman taxes.

[12a] Why were they so odious to their countrymen? Because although Jews, they aided their Roman masters to oppress them. Some also were dishonest, and worked for their own gain.

[12b] What instructions did John give to the publicans? “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”” (Luke 3:13, NKJV)

[13] What instructions did John give to the soldiers? “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.” (Luke 3:14b, NKJV)

[14] How did John consider himself in comparison to Jesus? He considered himself inferior to Jesus. Listen to what He says: “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16, NKJV)

[15] Who did John say would baptize with the Holy Ghost? Jesus Christ (Lk 3:16d)

[16] How old was Jesus when he began his ministry? 30 years.

[17] What is the meaning of the word “Christ”? “Anointed.” (Lk 4:180

[18] What was the difference between John’s baptism and that of Christ’s? John’s was “the baptism of repentance”; the symbol of a desire to live a new life, that should show the fruits of repentance. Christ’s was “the baptism of the Holy Spirit.”

[19] In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is compared to the elements, water, fire and the wind. Can you recall where? (See answers below)

[20] What is the meaning of “baptism with fire”? The purifying force of the Holy Spirit, or some searching and exposing power. (1 Cor. 3:13)

[21] What is the allusion to the use of the fan? The final separation by Christ of the righteous and the wicked, as the winnowing-fan divides the chaff from the wheat.

[22] Why did Jesus come to be baptized by John? As a seal of consecration to God’s work.

[23] What wonderful thing happened at his baptism? “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)

[24] Luke’s genealogy begins with whom and ends with whom? “Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,” (Luke 3:23, NKJV) “the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” (Luke 3:38, NKJV)

 

EMBLEMS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Water: (John 3:5; John 7:38-39)
(a) Cleansing (Eze 16:9; 36:25 ; Eph 5:26 ; Heb 10:22)
(b) Fertilizing (Psa 1:3 ; Isa 27:3, 6; 44:3, 44:4; 58:11)
(c) Refreshing, (Psalms 46:4 ; Isaiah 41:17; Isaiah 41:18)
(d) Abundant, (John 7:37; John 7:38)
(e) Freely Given (Isaiah 55:1; John 4:14; Revelation 22:17)

Fire:
(a) Purifying, (Isaiah 4:4 ; Malachi 3:2 Malachi 3:3)
(b) Illuminating, (Exodus 13:21 ; Psalms 78:14)
(c) Searching, (Zephaniah 1:12 ; 1 Corinthians 2:10)

Wind:
(a) Independent, (John 3:8 ; 1 Corinthians 12:11)
(b) Powerful, (1 Kings 19:11 ; Acts 2:2)
(c) Sensible In Its Effects, (John 3:8)
(d) Reviving, (Ezekiel 37:9 Ezekiel 37:10 Ezekiel 37:14)

Oil:
(a) The oil of gladness… (Psalm 45:7)
(b) Healing, (Luke 10:34; Revelation 3:18)
(c) Comforting, (Isaiah 61:3; Hebrews 1:9)
(d) Illuminating, (Matthew 25:3-4; 1 John 2:20; 1 John 2:27)
(e) Consecrating, (Exodus 29:7; 30:30 ; Isaiah 61:1)

Rain and Dew
“He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, Like showers that water the earth.” (Psalm 72:6, NKJV)
(a) Fertilizing, (Ezekiel 34:26 Ezekiel 34:27; Hosea 6:3; 10:12; 14:5)
(b) Refreshing, (Psalms 68:9; Isaiah 18:5)
(c) Abundant, (Psalms 133:3)
(d) Imperceptible, (2 Samuel 17:12; Mark 4:26-28)

A Dove:
(a) Christ’s Baptism, (Matthew 3:16)
(b) Gentle, (Matthew 10:16 ; Galatians 5:22)

A Voice:
(a) We can hear It, (Isaiah 6:8)
(b) Speaking, (Matthew 10:20)
(c) Guiding, (Isaiah 30:21; John 16:13)
(d) Warning, (Hebrews 3:7-11)

A Seal:
(a) “Having the seal of the Living God,” (Revelation 7:2)
(b) Securing, (Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30)
(c) Authenticating, (John 6:27; 2 Corinthians 1:22)

Cloven Tongues:
(a) Pentecost, (Acts 2:3; Acts 2:6-11)


 

SECTION III: STRIKING FACTS/ TRUTH TO BELIEVE.

[1] How is the virgin birth safeguarded? “Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,” (Luke 3:23, NKJV)

Matthew gives Joseph’s genealogy—Luke gives Mary’s. Luke does not say Heli “begat” Joseph. Joseph was his son-in-law. If Jesus was the son of Joseph, as some claim, He is forever barred from the throne, being a descendant of Coniah who was cursed, that none of his line might have the throne. Jesus was accordingly conceived by the Holy Ghost in Mary, Mary’s father being a descendant of David through another line.

[2] “And to anoint the Most Holy” Dan. 9:24

Q: When was Jesus baptized?
A: Right on the Schedule.

There are 3 ways to answer this question. Do you remember Dan. 9:24?
□ Seventy weeks are determined; for Your People and for Your Holy City, (to do what)?
(1) To finish the transgression,
(2) To make an end of sins,
(3) To make reconciliation for iniquity,
(4) To bring in Everlasting Righteousness,
(5) To seal up vision and prophecy,
(6) And to ANOINT the Most Holy. (kodesh ka-doshim)
 Heb. Messiah = “The Anointed One.”
 The Greek equivalent, (CHRISTOS) “CHRIST,” = “The Anointed One”.

Q: When was He anointed? When did He officially receive the Holy Spirit?
A: At His baptism (Matt. 3:13-16).

Listen to apostle Peter, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom to the Gentiles; he says: “That word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:37–38, NKJV)

Furthermore; Dr. Luke gives us the following historical evidence, or Timeline.
□ (Luke 3: 1-2), John was preaching and baptizing in the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar
□ (Luke 3: 21, 22) Jesus was baptized in the same year.
□ Tiberius’ first year was August-October, A.D. 14. = (14 +15) = roughly 27-29

Remember:
o John the Baptist was older than Jesus, for about six months (Matt. 3:1).
o And his ministry has been going on for quit sometimes now.

□ So, Tiberius’ 15th year was Autumn to Autumn, A.D. 27-28.
□ The Year 4256 (27 A.D.) – Jesus is baptized.

 

[3] “The son of Adam, the Son of God.” (Luke 3:38, NKJV)

Adam. “Luke begins his genealogy with the supernatural birth of the second or “last Adam” (1 Cor. 15:45) and now closes it with a reference to the creation of the first Adam.”

Son of God. “Luke here affirms his faith in God as the Creator of man and the Author of life, the One that “giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all nations of men” (Acts 17:25, 26). In the beginning man was created in the image of God. Through faith in Jesus Christ it is our privilege to be created anew in His likeness (see 2 Cor. 5:17).” (SDA BC 5/ Luke 3:38)


SECTION IV: APPLICATION.

What must I do with this chapter? In order to answer this question, we are going to examine the following application segments, one item at a time:
(a) God’s Character
(b) Sin to avoid/ confess
(c) Attitude to cultivate
(d) Command(s) to obey
(e) Example to follow
(f) Promise to claim
(g) Devotional Nugget
(h) The Gospel’s Voice.

GOD’S CHARACTER

[1] God is powerful: He’s able to raise up children “For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” (Luke 3:8, NKJV)

[2] God is just: He will judge righteously. He will give everybody an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel, before He judges them…. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17, NKJV) However, His mercy cannot be abused. There is a limit when/where the door of mercy is shut, and we are left to face His imminent Judgment. “And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”” (Luke 3:9, NKJV)

[3] God id merciful: “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”” (Luke 3:17, NKJV)

SINS TO AVOID/ CONFESS

[1] Transgression of God’s Law (1 John 3:4).

Each one of us need to repent of our sins and seek the Lord’s forgiveness and cleansing.

Why is repentance so vital in the teachings of the Bible?
(a) It is a condition necessary to salvation from sin
(b) It is essential in order to develop proper attitudes toward God.
(c) It is essential in order to receive God’s Forgiveness.
(d) It is a prerequisite to Divine Blessings.
(e) It is a prerequisite to Possessing A Kingdom

[2] Being an obstacles to the work of the gospel in any way, shape, or form.

Looking at Luke 3:5, did John face greater spiritual obstacles (‘valleys’, ‘mountains’ and ‘crooked places’) than we have today? (Discuss)

[3] Not straightening “crooked places.” Consider the divine commend in Philippians 2: “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,” (Philippians 2:14–15, NKJV)

[4] Pride → (cf. Israel’s pride as the chosen nation) “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” (Luke 3:8, NKJV)

“The Jews claimed to have descended from Abraham, but by failing to do the works of Abraham, they proved that they were not true children of his. Only those who are spiritually in harmony with him are reckoned as true descent.” (This Day With God, p. 183)

Please read the following passages: Lk 13:28, 29. 16:23-31. Is 48:1, 2. Je 7:4-10. Mt 3:9. John 8:33, 39. Rom 4:16. 9:6, 7.

[5] Hypocrisy at the core: “Brood of Vipers” John did not hesitate to rebuke the religious hypocritical leaders who came to him for baptism.

Who Were Vipers?“The Pharisees were very strict in regard to the outward observance of forms and customs, and were filled with haughty, worldly, hypocritical self-righteousness. The Sadducees denied the resurrection of the dead and the existence of angels, and were skeptical in regard to God. This sect was largely composed of unworthy characters, many of whom were licentious in their habits. By the word “vipers” John meant those who were malignant and antagonistic, bitterly opposed to the expressed will of God.”

“John exhorted these men to “bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” That is, Show that you are converted, that your characters are transformed. … Neither words nor profession, but fruits—the forsaking of sins, and obedience to the commandments of God—show the reality of genuine repentance and true conversion.” (MS 112, 1901).

“By denouncing them as a brood of vipers, John identified them with their father, Satan (John 8:44), whom Scripture depicts as a serpent (Gen. 3:1–5, 13–15; 2 Cor. 11:3; Rev. 12:9; 20:2). Their superficial repentance and their vicious, hostile, poisonous natures revealed that they were children of the devil.” (John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament commentary, Luke 1–5 / Luke 3:7a)

 

ATTITUDES TO CULTIVATE

[1] Johns’ Modesty. “Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.” (Matthew 3:4, NKJV)

  • Do we stand out from the materialism and ambition of the world in our desires and way of life?
  • Considering John the Baptist, how important is the way we dress when we are trying to reach others for Christ?

[2] Baptism by immersion. From Mark 16:16, how important is baptism? “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16, NKJV)

COMMANDS TO OBEY

[1] Genuine repentance:
John was not content to baptize; what he really wanted to see from the people was “fruits”- that is changed lives. Do our lives today show that we really understand the meaning of ‘repentance’?

Note: John called upon the people to reveal true repentance by changed lives. How far is this emphasized in Ephesians 4:28–32 and James 2:14–18?

  • “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:28–32, NKJV)
  • “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:14–18, NKJV)

EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW

[1] Christ our Example: PrayerPrivate devotions of Christ

[2] Christ our Example: PrayerPublic prayers of Christ

[3] Christ our Example: PrayerPrayers in great crises, or special occasion.

[4] Christ our Example: Baptism.
The Lord Jesus was baptized in order to ‘fulfil all righteousness’ (Matt. 3:15). We (His followers) are also expected to be baptized.

Further Study:
[5] In what other ways did Christ do first that which He now demands of us?

 

PRAYERS IN THIS CHAPTER.

[1] Father, I want pray for “all flesh” including myself…. To “see the salvation of God.” (Luke 3:6, NKJV)

[2] Lord! Help me “to flee from the wrath to come” (Luke 3:7, NKJV)

[3] Lord! Help me to “bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Luke 3:8a, NKJV)

[4] Lord! Baptize me with “the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16c, NKJV)

PROMISES TO CLAIM

[1] Promise of the Holy Spirit.

Consider Luke 3:16 in the light of Acts 2:2–4.

“John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16, NKJV)

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:2–4, NKJV)

DEVOTIONAL NUGGET

THE POWER OF PRAYER.
“When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.” (Luke 3:21, NKJV)

When Jesus came to be baptized, John recognized in Him a purity of character that he had never before perceived in any man. The very atmosphere of His presence was holy and awe-inspiring. Among the multitudes that had gathered about him at the Jordan, John had heard dark tales of crime, and had met souls bowed down with the burden of myriad sins; but never had he come in contact with a human being from whom there breathed an influence so divine. All this was in harmony with what had been revealed to John regarding the Messiah.…

Jesus did not receive baptism as a confession of guilt on His own account. He identified Himself with sinners, taking the steps that we are to take, and doing the work that we must do. His life of suffering and patient endurance after His baptism was also an example to us.

Upon coming up out of the water, Jesus bowed in prayer on the river bank. A new and important era was opening before Him (The Desire of Ages, 110, 111).

Never had angels listened to such a prayer. They were solicitous to bear to the praying Redeemer messages of assurance and love. But no; the Father Himself will minister to His Son. Direct from the throne proceeded the light of the glory of God. The heavens were opened, and beams of light and glory proceeded therefrom and assumed the form of a dove, in appearance like burnished gold. The dovelike form was emblematical of the meekness and gentleness of Christ.

The people stood spellbound with fear and amazement. Their eyes were fastened upon Christ, whose bowed form was bathed in the beautiful light and glory that ever surround the throne of God. His upturned face was glorified as they had never before seen the face of man. The thunders rolled and the lightnings flashed from the opening heavens, and a voice came therefrom in terrible majesty, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” … Jehovah’s voice assured Christ of His Sonship with the Eternal (Youth’s Instructor, March 1874).

The glory that rested upon Christ is a pledge of the love of God for us. It tells us of the power of prayerhow the human voice may reach the ear of God, and our petitions find acceptance in the courts of heaven. The light which fell from the open portals upon the head of our Saviour will fall upon us as we pray for help to resist temptation. The voice which spoke to Jesus says to every believing soul, This is My beloved child, in whom I am well pleased (The Desire of Ages, 113). [Ellen G. White, Lift Him Up, p. 78]

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE.

Submission to God’s will characterized Jesus Christ’s prayer life, not just at the Jordan, but throughout His Life. It was a life of obedience and humility. Listen to the Lord’s voice, (through Peter’s epistle) concerning Jesus- Our Example, as we close.

“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:21–25, NKJV)


 

OUR RESPONSE:

SDA Hymn # 249: Praise Him! Praise Him!
Reflection: Ps 48:1; 66:2; 113:1; 119:164; 146:2; 150:2; Je 17:14; Heb 13:15; Re 1:5; 5:9

1
Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory;
Strength and honor give to His holy Name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,
In His arms He carries them all day long:

Refrain
Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness.
Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!

2
Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died.
He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus the Crucified.
Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows,
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.

3
Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Heavenly portals loud with hosannas ring!
Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever.
Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!
Christ is coming! over the world victorious,
Power and glory unto the Lord belong.

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