In this series, I explore minor things in passages that have always stood out to my quirky mind. In this sermon, we examine Jesus reading from the scroll of Isaiah in the Synagogue in Nazareth. In this passage, Jesus declares Himself to be the Messiah, and He is miraculously delivered from an angry mob. But I have always been fascinated by the journey from the Synagogue to the cliffs outside of town. Listen and find out why!
The Gospel According to My 5th Grade Class Picture
John 3-4 – Jesus’s Likes and Wants All People – Radio Devotion for March 15, 2020
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Quick, can you name the twelve disciples? Come on, shout them out. There‘s Peter, Matthew, the one with the funny name, the guy that doubted. And, uh. Well, if you did just rattle off the twelve disciples without hesitation, I am betting you had an awesome children’s teacher that taught you a real cool song.
The Disciples were the twelve men that Jesus called personally to follow Him and be leaders in His ministry. There are thirteen names if you count Matthias who was added to replace Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:12-21), and you should, but there were never more than twelve Disciples at one time. These men can tell us great deal about Jesus, and Jesus’ heart and character, so today, here are 5 facts on Jesus disciples.
The New Testament was written in Greek, and sometimes there just isn’t an English equivalent that will convey the message the New Testament author is trying to convey. So sometimes exploring the Greek can make verses make sense and come alive for us. One such passage is Galatians 3:24-25, so let’s examine a Greek word and explore Paul’s message for us today.
Galatians 3:24-25 says: 24The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. 25But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. (Holman Christian Standard Bible).
Paul’s message in Galatians is that Christ and the gospel has set us free from the Old Testament Law to live new lives for God unbound by sin and unbound by rituals. In these two verses, Paul calls the law, in the HCSB our “guardian” until Christ. What does that mean?
One criticism of Christianity is that Jesus never claimed to be the Savior, the Christ, the Messiah. Some people argue it was Peter, Paul, and later Christians that made these claims for Jesus, but Jesus never claimed to more than just a Rabbi, a Teacher. One often used biblical proof for this argument is that Jesus on occasion told people to be quiet and to not share about who He is or what He did.
This actually begins with demons. In Mark 1:43-45, as Jesus is exorcising demons, the demons start to declare who Jesus is. Jesus tells them to be quiet or casts them out before they could speak and declare Him to be the Messiah. On another occasion, Jesus heal a man, but tells him not to tell people (Mark 1:41-44). He even raised a girl from the dead and told the family not to speak (Mark 5:43). Then in Mark chapter 8 when Peter declares Jesus to be the Messiah, the Christ, Jesus follows that bold declaration by telling the disciples to keep quiet about it (Mark 8:29-30).
What do we make out of Jesus the shusher? Does this means that Jesus did not see Himself as the Messiah, the Christ, the Savior? The answer to that is absolutely not. The idea that Jesus never claimed in the Gospels to be the Messiah promised in the Old Testament is just plain wrong. These shushings are not a denial. In fact, Jesus on several occasions quite boldly proclaimed who He is. Here are 5 times that Jesus did in fact claim to be the Messiah, the Christ. Fun Fact: Christ and Messiah are the same word in two languages. Christ is Greek and Messiah is Hebrew.