To prepare those in attendance for the ordinance of humility by revealing the condescension of Christ our Example.
Text: Hebrews 3:1
Consider Jesus, who condescended to take upon Himself the frailties of human nature.
Thoughts to be developed
1. Our need of a humble spirit.
2. Jesus' example in the foot-washing service.
3. We are to consider Him at all times.
4. The blessing that comes in following His example.
Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4; Romans 8:3; Matthew 4:2 (Moffatt);John 4:7, 6 (Weymouth and Moffatt); Matthew 8:23, 24; Isaiah 53:2, 3 _ , . (Moffatt); Philippians 2:7; Matthew 2:23; 8:20; 13:55.
Spirit of Prophecy and Other Helps
See E. G. White Index and the S.D.A. Commentaries for comments on Scripture references. See also: Patriarchs and Prophets, page 69; Early Writings, pages 116, 117.
Forgiveness at the Altar
Many years ago a native New Zealand Christian found himself kneeling at the Communion altar by the side of the man who had killed his father and drunk his blood. Here was a man whom, years before, the native Christian had sworn to kill in revenge. What thoughts surged through his mind! What a battle was waged in his heart! He got up and returned to his seat without taking part.
Back in his accustomed seat the simple Christian began to meditate this time not on revenge for his father's murder but on the Saviour's earthly ministry. Before his mind rose the scenes of Gethsemane, Pilate's judgment hall, and finally Calvary. Christ suffered more than he had ever suffered. Faintly he seemed to hear the words of the Master, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."
The dusky Christian could stand it no longer. Rising, he walked resolutely back to the altar. Kneeling again by the side of the man who had taken the life of his father, he received the emblems of the Lord's Supper.
Secure your own appropriate illustrations on humility and the condescension and humility of Christ.
Base on John 13:14, 15: To learn the lesson in humility.
Robert H. Pierson was pastor, evangelist, administrator, and former president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.