July 2, 2013
“It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats
to take away sins.
Therefore, when Christ came into the world, He said:
‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
but a body You prepared for Me;
With burnt offerings and sin offerings
You were not pleased.
Then I said,
‘Here I am—
it is written about Me in the scroll—
I have come to do Your will, O God.’ ”
Hebrews 10: 4-7
Jesus Is Our Sacrifice for Sins:
“… we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” – Hebrews 10:10
“God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood.” – Romans 3:25
“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” – Hebrews 9:28 (also read Hebrews 9:26)
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” –1 John 4:10
1 Corinthians 5:7 says, ” Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.”
We Have Peace With God Through the Blood of Christ:
“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” – Colossians 1: 19-20
The Blood of Jesus Cleanses Us of Sins:
“If we walk in the light as He is in the light. we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7
We Have Redemption Through Christ’s Blood:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”- Ephesians 1: 3-8
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a Lamb without blemish or defect.” – 1 Peter 1: 18-19 (also read John 1:29)
We have been purchased with the blood of Christ:
“And they sang a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.'”- Revelation 5:9
Christ Entered Heaven By His Own Blood:
“When Christ came as High Priest of the good things that are already here, He went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place (Heaven) once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.” – Hebrews 9: 11-12
We Enter Heaven Through the Body and Blood of Christ:
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place, by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body…” – Hebrews 10:19-20 (also read Luke 23:45-46)
We Have Been Justified by His Blood:
“While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!”
May 7, 2013
No one knows the exact date Jesus Christ was born; but, the events that surrounded the Messiah’s birth are recorded in the Bible this way:
In Luke 1:26-35:
“God sent the angel Gabriel
to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
to a virgin pledged to be married
to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.
The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David (His ancestor, according to the flesh), and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.’
‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’
The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.’ “
In Matthew 1:18-25:
“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.’
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with Child and will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him ‘Immanuel’—which means, ‘God with us‘ “ (Read Isaiah 7:14)
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a Son. And he gave Him the name Jesus.”
The Humble Nativity Scene
The humble nativity scene,
to me, this is what
The bright shining star,
the men from afar
to the Lord and King;
The smile on the face
of a child;
as they sing out loud,
“Salvation is born,
He’s Christ Jesus, Lord.
the New Born King.”
Constance V. Walden
The angels announce His birth:
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the Baby to be born, and she gave birth to her Firstborn, a Son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. ‘
‘Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests. ‘
When the angels had left them and gone into Heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this Child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2: 1-20
The Magi bringing the Baby Jesus gifts:
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written:
‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a Ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and make a careful search for the Child. As soon as you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him.’
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.” Matthew 2:1-12
Jesus grew up and went on to fulfill His purpose…to become the sacrificial Lamb of God Who would take away the sins of the world.
The Greatest Gift
Not wrapped in fancy
in swaddling clothes;
Not laid beneath
a Christmas tree,
but in a manger,
Not given by
a man in red,
but, by the Lord
the Greatest Gift
that there shall
Constance V. Walden
May 6, 2013
According to the scriptures, Jesus was introduced to the world as follows:
Jesus, The Word
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. ” John 1:1-3
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only,who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
Jesus, The Light
“In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that Light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the Light; he came only as a witness to the Light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but his own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:4-13
John the Baptist Testifies About Jesus Christ
“John testifies concerning Him. He cries out, saying, ‘This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’” John 1: 15
“Now this was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, ‘I am not the Christ.‘
They asked him, ‘Then who are you? Are you Elijah?’
He said, ‘I am not.’
‘Are you the Prophet?’
He answered, ‘No.’
Finally they said, ‘Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’
Now some Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, ‘Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?’
‘I baptize with water,’ John replied, ‘but among you stands One you do not know. He is the One who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’
This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.” John 1:19-28
Jesus, The Lamb of God
John 1:29-34 reads:
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One I meant when I said, ‘A Man who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’ I myself did not know Him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that He might be revealed to Israel.’
Then John gave this testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on Him. I would not have known Him, except that the One who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The Man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is He who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.’ ”
Jesus, The Son of God
Matthew 3:13-17 reads:
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?’
Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment Heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. And a voice from Heaven said, ‘This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.’ ” Also read Matthew 17:1-9.
Jesus, The Messiah
“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’ When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, ‘What do you want?’
They said, ‘Rabbi’ (which means Teacher), ‘where are You staying?’
‘Come,’ He replied, ‘and you will see.’ So they went and saw where He was staying, and spent that day with Him. It was about the tenth hour.
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’(that is, the Christ).’ ” John 1: 35-41
“Now Jesus Himself was about thirty years old when He began His ministry.” – Luke 3:23
May 5, 2013
Jesus did many, many wonderful things during His ministry. Below are just a few scripture verses you can look up.
You will need a Bible here. If you do not have one, please use the Bible Search site, BibleGateway.
Some of the Physical Healings He Did
1. Peter’s Mother-in-Law – Matthew 8:14-17
2. The Paralytic let down through the roof – Mark 2:1-12
3. The Paralytic man by the pool – John 5:10
4. The man with Leprosy – Mark 1:40-45
5. Ten men with Leprosy – Luke 17:11-18
6. The Blind and Mute Man – Matthew 9:27-31
7. The two Blind Men – Matthew 20:29-34
8. The Centurion’s Servant – Matthew 8:5-13
9. The Woman with the issue of blood – Mark 5: 21-34
10. The Royal Official’s dying son – John 4:46-54
11. The high priest’s servant’s right ear, which had been cut off – Luke 22:47-51
Some of the Spiritual Healings He Did
1. Man with the evil spirit – Mark 1:21-28
2. Demon possessed man who lived amongst the tombs – Mark 5:1-20
3. Boy with the evil spirit – Mark 9:14-27
4. Mary Magdalene’s seven demons – Mark 16:9, Luke 8:2
The Master of the Elements
1. Jesus turns the water into wine – John 2: 1-11
2. Jesus walks on water – John 6: 16-21, Matthew 14:22-33
3. Jesus calms the storm – Mark 4:35-41
4. Jesus shrivels the fig tree – Matthew 21:17-19, Mark 11:13-14
The Raising of the Dead
1. The Young Girl – Matthew 9: 18-26, Mark 5:35-43
2. The Widow’s Son – Luke 7: 11-17
3. Lazarus, Jesus’ friend – John 11:1-44
May 4, 2013
About the Heart of Man
As you read about what Jesus taught about the heart of man, keep in mind 1 Samuel 16:7, which reads:
“The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
“Again Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, ‘Listen to Me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’
After He had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples asked Him about this parable. ‘Are you so dull?’ He asked. ‘Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.’ (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods ‘clean.’)
He went on: ‘What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’” Mark 7:14-23
“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48 (Also read Luke 6:27-36)
In Matthew 22:36-38, He was asked, ” ‘ Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’
Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.”
“This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:17
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.” Matthew 10:34-38
About Marriage, Divorce, and Adultery
Regarding Marriage, Jesus said
“Haven’t you read,’ He replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Matthew 19:3-6 (Also read Mark 10:1-9)
Regarding Divorce, Jesus said
“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.” Matthew 5:31-32
Regarding Adultery, Jesus said
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. ” Matthew 5:27-28
“At dawn He appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around Him, and He sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus,
‘ Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with His finger. When they kept on questioning Him, He straightened up and said to them, ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.
Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’
‘No one, sir,’ she said.
‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’
Jesus went up to Jerusalem and found a paralyzed man lying on his mat near the pool called “Bethesda”, and He healed him. People who saw the once invalid man walking and carrying his mat questioned him saying,
” ‘It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.’ (John 5:10)
But he replied, ‘The Man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ So they asked him, ‘Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?’ The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. (John 5:11-13)
Later, Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, ‘See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.’ The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.” John 5: 14-15)
Read Matthew 18, the entire Chapter, about what Jesus said about the seriousness of sin and it’s consequences, and the forgiving of sins.
About Judging Others
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye’, when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Luke 6:41-42
“If you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heaven Father will also forgive you; But, if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’
Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’ “
“When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25
“Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but, anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” Matthew 12: 32
As Jesus hung from the cross, He looked down at the crowd and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23: 34
About Having Faith
“I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the One I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.”
In John 6:29, they asked Jesus, ” ‘ What must we do to do the works God requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘ The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.’ “
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him Who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24
He told His disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:15-16
In Matthew 6:5-13 Jesus said:”When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
But, when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, Who is unseen. Then, your Father, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, or your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
This, then is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
And, lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’ “
“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. ” John 15:7
“You may ask Me for anything in My Name and I will do it.” John 14:14
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then, the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name.” John 15:16
“I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name.” John 16:23
“Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1 (Read Luke 18:1-14 about what Jesus taught about the attitude one should have when praying.)
“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.’” Luke 18:9-14
About Worship and Praise
Jesus described two types of worship: Worship that is in vain, and worship that is in spirit and in truth.
In Matthew 15:8-9, He criticized the Pharisees and teachers of the Law for holding on to their traditions and made up rules. He quoted Isaiah 29:11-14 about them, saying:
“These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; their teaching are but rules taught by men.”
In John 4:23-24, Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well this:
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is a Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
“When He came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’
‘Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest!’
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’
‘I tell you,’ He replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’ ” Luke 19:37-40
About Eternal Life
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him Who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24
“I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps My word, he will never see death.” John 8:51
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25
About the Kingdom of Heaven
Please read Matthew, Chapter 13: 1-50 about the ways Jesus described the Kingdom of Heaven.
May 3, 2013
Jesus told His disciples along the way that He would die in Jerusalem, then come back to life on the third day. His predictions are recorded in the Bible as follows:
“Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.
They will condemn Him to death and will turn Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day He will be raised to life!'” Matthew 20:17-19
“He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and after three days He will rise.’ But they did not understand what He meant and were afraid to ask Him about it.” Mark 9:31-32
“Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock Him, insult Him, spit on Him, flog Him, and kill Him. On the third day He will rise again.’
The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what He was talking about. ” Luke 18: 31-34
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed; But, if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:24
“‘But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.’ He said this to show the kind of death He was going die.
The crowd spoke up, ‘We heard from the Law that the Christ will remain forever, so how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up?’ Who is this ‘Son of Man?’
Then, Jesus told them, ‘You are going to have the Light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the Light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.
Put your trust in the Light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.’ When He had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid Himself from them.” John 12:32-36