JESUS IS WORTHY
Scripture: Isaiah 53:4–7, John 1:14, 3:16; Hebrews 1:1–3, Revelation 5:9–14
Memory verse: Revelation 5:9
"You are worthy...because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation."
Let us begin today's study by talking about the word "worthy." The dictionary defines it as a person or thing having value. Place the following items on a table: an orange or another kind of fruit, a ball point pen, a book, a machete and a hoe.
Ask: How valuable are these items? Why? (Allow response.)
Every item has value, but the value varies according to the importance assigned to it.
Ask: Which item on the table has the most value? Why? (Allow response.)
As the teacher, share with the students about the most valuable material item you possess. (Allow the students to tell about their most valuable item.)
Ask: Are spiritual blessings more valuable than material blessings? Why? (Allow response.)
Hearing God's Word
One spiritual blessing that God has provided for us is a revelation of Himself through Jesus, His Son. (Select students to read these verses: John 1:14, John 3:16, Hebrews 1:1–3) Each verse teaches us that Jesus is the Son of God. Because He is God, He has great value. He also has great value because of what He has done for those who believe in Him, "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb" (Revelation 7:10).
The "Lamb" refers to Jesus who died on the Cross to pay the price for our salvation. (Ask a student to read Isaiah 53:4–7.)
Jesus is Worthy Because He Was Slain
Jesus is worthy because he was killed by crucifixion and shed His blood as an atonement for our sins. (Read Revelation 5:9) He purchased us for God by His death on the Cross. Jesus is worthy because it is through His provision for us that we can by faith receive eternal life.
Jesus is Worthy to Receive the Redeemed
Jesus is worthy to receive redeemed individuals from every tribe and language and people and nation because He was slain, turning away God's wrath with His own shed blood. He paid a great price to have members of our tribe, and from ever tribe and language around the world, to be with Him in Heaven.
Jesus is Worthy to Receive Worship
Whoever has accepted Jesus as their personal Saviour has the privilege and responsibility to worship Jesus. (Read Revelation 5:12.) Jesus is the Lamb who was slain and His sacrificial death makes Him worthy to receive our worship. The heavenly hosts spelled it out clearly in a loud voice:
- Power: the ability to do or to act, the possession of control over others. Whatever authority or influence one carries in their home, at their school, on the job or at their church—this is to be given to Jesus as worship.
- Wealth: the abundance of money, property or possessions. Everything we have is a gift from God. What we hold in our hands is to be surrendered to Jesus as an act of worship.
- Wisdom: having or showing discernment or good judgment, scholarly knowledge or learning. We learn from the experiences of life, from our parents and from the classroom. The ability to take lessons learned and apply them in a productive manner within society is a gift with which believers in Christ Jesus can worship Him.
- Strength: the quality or state of being strong, physical power. A person's diligent effort to eat correctly and exercise in order to have good health and be physically fit is a commendable discipline—a resource to be offered as worship to Jesus.
- Honour: to hold in high respect, to esteem. When believers consider the price Jesus paid for their salvation, pleasing Him in every way and showing Him respect at all times is a natural expression of which Jesus is worthy.
- Glory: adoring praise given in worship. Jesus is worthy.
- Praise: to express approval or admiration. When we consider who Jesus is and what He has done, praise will burst forth from our soul.
The end result of submitting the above to Jesus is seen in the response of those who declared in Revelation 5:14 that Jesus is worthy, "The four living creatures said, 'Amen,' and the elders fell down and worshiped."
Accepting God's Word
Jesus is worthy to receive individuals from every tribe (language group) into His Kingdom to live with Him forever because He was slain and purchased their salvation. Salvation is available to all, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 9:13). (Extend an invitation to those in attendance who have not yet accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour to do so today.) Jesus is worthy and waiting to receive them.
I suggest that the primary reason for reaching unreached tribes with the gospel is that JESUS IS WORTHY. May we honour Him by proclaiming the gospel to youth in every tribal group and bring them into the Kingdom of God as trophies of His grace.
This study introduces us to the Beja tribe. The pictures and information given with the next four studies will introduce Beja children, youth and adults who need to know Jesus as their personal Saviour. Time will be given at the close of each study to pray for them.
Present the information about the Beja tribe given below. Show the video, if possible.
MEET THE BEJA
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The Beja are nomadic shepherds who live scattered across the desert regions of Sudan, Egypt and Eritrea. They represent the largest non-Arabic ethnic group between the Nile River and the Red Sea. The Beja are the descendants of Cush, but as indigenous Africans they have occupied their current homelands for more than 3,000 years.
Traditional nomadic shepherds, the Beja migrate annually with their herds. However, many have settled along rivers and the Red Sea and raise sorghum and commercial crops, such as cotton and grains, while continuing to care for their flocks.
The Beja began converting to Islam around 1450, largely because of the movement of Arab Muslims into their area. They were not fully Muslim, however, until the 19th century, when they were influenced by the Sufi revival in Arabia and north-eastern Africa. Most Beja are not devout Muslims. Instead, they follow a "folk Islam" that blends the Islamic faith with their traditional beliefs. The prayers of most Beja are routine and are, to a great extent, not understood by them.
The Beja have successfully isolated themselves from any proclamation of the gospel. However, they have begun moving into settlements developed by the government. Perhaps 50 percent of the Beja have taken advantage of this opportunity in order to enjoy the amenities of schools, clinics and farming tools. These changes in lifestyle provide fertile soil in which to sow the gospel.
In 1991, response to the gospel began among the Beja when a believer was baptized in a shallow river - the first Beja convert in centuries. Today, by generous estimate, there may be 30 born-again believers among the Beja. In recent years, two mission groups working with the Beja were expelled.
Messengers going to the resistant Beja need a powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit in order to adequately present the message of salvation. In anticipation of such challenges, Jesus said, "Stay...until you have been clothed in power from on high" (Luke 24:49).
Will you pray for a powerful touch of the Holy Spirit upon the current messengers? Will you pray about joining them in this effort to present the gospel to the Beja?
REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for Beja Tribe
1. A work of the Holy Spirit throughout the tribe to break down their resistance to the gospel,
2. The cultural and religious barriers to be set aside,
3. Believers in Christ to find ways to mingle with the Beja so that they can meet a real Christian.
"Repentance ...will be preached in his name to all nations (Luke 24:47).
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