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1. What is your idea of a fair trade?

2. Have you exchanged an item for a lower value? What happened? How did it
3. Have you experienced receiving an unfair deal?

In the previous week we learned that God sent Jesus as His expression of His love
for us. Looking deeper we can see in Pauls letter to the Hebrews that God also
intended Jesus to be the source of eternal salvation through his life and death.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered

and, once made
perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him (Hebrews
1. A Life We Should Have Lived
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses,
but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we areyet he did
not sin.(Hebrews 4:15)
Jesus lived the life we should have lived. He experienced the same challenges and
temptations we face but He did not give in to this world and he lived a life without
sin. He was the only one who passed Gods standard of righteousness, fulfilling
every law and every standard. Before Jesus no one was able to pass the law and
live the standard.
What does it mean to you that Jesus lived a life we should have lived?
2. Death We Should Have Died
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand
of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
In the Roman Empire crucifixion is only given to criminals who committed worst
crimes, outlaws of the society and for those who deserved a painful and humiliating
death. If we look at it based on Gods standard and on the sins we have committed,
we instead deserve this humiliating and painful death. However, Jesus, being
without sin, died this kind of death for us.
What does Jesus substitution on the cross mean for sinners?

3. Exchange We Did Not Deserve
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered

and, once made
perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him (Hebrews
5:7-9) (See also Romans 6:23, John 3:16)

Jesus lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died so
that we who are helpless, sinful, and in our nature fallen nature can accept
forgiveness through gracethe exchange we did not deserve. Because of His
sacrifice, we who were far away because of our sins were brought near to the
Father. Our sinful nature in the eyes of God is replaced with Christs righteousness.
We are made righteous so that we can have a relationship and live life to the full.
How can this exchange that we do not deserve affect your life?
1. Did the message of the Gospel change you? How did this message change
you? Are you willing to be changed by the Gospel?
2. Is your life heading the right direction away from sin and towards God?

1. Are you aware that this message can change other lives as well? How can
you share this message to your classmates, friends, teachers, family and to
the people around you?
2. Jesus said because of the Gospel people will persecute you. Have you
experienced persecution because of the Gospel? How can Gods word help
you get through these persecutions?

1. Ask God to deepen your understanding about the Gospel.
2. Pray for friends, family and classmates who have not understood the Gospel
for them to hear the Gospel and respond to it.
3. Ask God for the strength and boldness to share the message of Jesus life
and death to your classmates, friends and family.