(page 22 of Standard Edition)
Seeing People Through
Read for This Week’s Study: Mark 8:22–26; John 4:3–34;
John 1:40, 41; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 23:39–43; Acts 8:26–38.
Memory Text: “Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make
you fishers of men’ ” (Matthew 4:19, NKJV).
esus is the Master Soul Winner. By watching the way Jesus worked
with people, we learn how to lead others to a knowledge of sal-
vation through Jesus Christ. Journeying with Him through the
crowded streets of Jerusalem, the dusty paths of Judea, and the grassy
hillsides of Galilee, we discover how He revealed the principles of the
kingdom to seeking souls.
Jesus saw all men and women as winnable for His kingdom. He saw
each one through the eyes of divine compassion. He saw Peter not
as a rough, loudmouthed fisherman but as a mighty preacher of the
gospel. He saw James and John not as quick-tempered, fiery radicals
but as enthusiastic proclaimers of His grace. He saw the deep yearn-
ing for genuine love and acceptance in the hearts of Mary Magdalene,
the Samaritan woman, and the woman with the issue of blood. He saw
Thomas not as a cynical doubter but as one with sincere questions.
Whether they were Jew or Gentile, male or female, a thief on the cross,
a centurion, or a demon-possessed madman, Jesus saw their God-given
potential and viewed them through salvation’s eyes.
- Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, July 18.