Jesus Did Not Refuse Worship

When Jesus was worshiped on earth, those who did so were not rebuked.  See the following occasions:

Matthew 2:11

Matthew 14:33

Matthew 28:9-10, 17-20

Luke 24:52-53

John 9:35-39

John 20:27-28 (Although the word “worship” is not present in this passage, it’s hard to deny that Thomas was offering it.)

Contrast this with Peter’s reaction when someone attempted to worship him: Acts 10:25-26.  A similar rebuke was offered when John attempted to worship an angel in Revelation 22:8-9.  (And Paul had taught against the worship of angels in Colossians 2:18.)  Jesus is unique.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Gospel According to Jesus’ Earthly Family

Historically, the epistles of James and Jude are considered to have been written by two of Jesus’ brothers – that is, James and Jude (Matthew 13:55-56; Mark 6:3).

According to the New Testament, Jesus had four brothers and at least two sisters (Matthew 13:55-56; Mark 6:3).

Jesus’ siblings would certainly have a unique view of Him.  That view would not only include the experiences they had with Him growing up, James and Jude being young brothers to Him; it would also probably include what they learned of him from their mother Mary, and possibly Joseph before he died.

Mary knew that Jesus was from God in a way that no other human being could know.  For her, accepting the virgin birth was not a matter of faith.  She had sure and certain knowledge that she had had no relations with a man when that firstborn was conceived in her womb.

Even though Mary knew of Jesus’ special stature from His conception (Luke 1:26-38), it was reinforced in her meeting with the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:39-56), Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:1-20), His circumcision (Luke 2:21-38), and on a particular Passover visit to Jerusalem when He was twelve years old (Luke 2:41-52).

By the time Jesus began His ministry, Mary knew He could do “impossible” things.  Thus when the family ran out of wine at wedding feast in Cana, she turned the problem over to her son telling the servants with calm assurance, “Whatever He says to you, do it” (John 2:1-11).  Such instruction could only have been born of experience.

As Jesus began to encounter resistance to His ministry, and even hostility, His family feared for Him and sought to bring Him home (Mark 3:20-35; see also shorter accounts of this incident in Matthew 12:46-50 and Luke 8:19-21).  By this time, Jesus was teaching that spiritual bonds were greater than fleshly bonds, and His family surely felt the strain of this.

His brothers even got to the point where they lost all faith in Him (John 7:1-10).  Presumably this would have included James and Jude.

When Jesus was crucified, His mother was there.  In a final act of honoring his mother, he committed her into the care of His disciple John (John 19:25-27).  This, of course, cemented the notion that spiritual ties were tighter than fleshly ones.  Subsequent to Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, we see Mary and her other sons praying with the disciples  as they waited on the Holy Spirit Jesus had promised them all (Acts 1:14)

What a family they must have been!  Their perspective on Jesus would have been unique and profound.  Their faith in Him was severely tested…and yet it stood.  And grew.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

 

The Gospel According to Peter

What if we wanted to know the good news about Jesus and His kingdom from Peter’s point of view?  That would be an interesting study.

We could, of course, start such a study with the letters of 1 Peter and 2 Peter.  Then we could add the first fifteen chapters of Acts.  Then there is the Gospel of Mark which the ancients understood to be Peter’s remembrances of Jesus as written by his protege Mark (1 Peter 5:13).  Then we could add the first two chapters of Galatians in which Paul mentions some interactions he had with Peter.  And we wouldn’t want to overlook the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John which contain some interesting tidbits about Peter which go beyond the Gospel of Mark.  In this regard I’m thinking of particularly interesting stories such as

  • Luke 5:1-11 where Peter, having been overwhelmed by the miracle catch of fish that Jesus caused, exclaimed “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
  • Matthew 14:2-33 where Peter, catching inspiration from the Lord, actually walked on water with Him for a time.
  • Matthew 16:13-20 where we have the fullest exchange between Jesus and Peter over the former’s true identity.
  • John 21:15-23 where Jesus walked Peter through a particularly poignant reinforcement of the latter’s true ministry.

And, of course, there is much, much more.

Peter’s perspective would indeed make for an interesting study!

(When you study Peter, remember that he is referred to in a variety of additional ways: Simon, Simon Barjona, Simon Peter, Simeon, and Cephas.  Remember also that “Rock” is the nickname Jesus gave him – which translates to “Peter” in Greek and “Cephas” in Aramaic.  Jesus and His disciples likely spoke Aramaic to each other but the New Testament comes to us in Greek; this, of course, accounts for some of the multiple names.)

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Acts 2:36

“…Let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ – this Jesus whom you crucified.”  – Acts 2:36

Note that Peter wanted his hearers to “know for certain” what he was telling them.  In other words, Peter did not want there to be any doubt, equivocation, or ambiguity about the matter.

Oh, how we can thank God for such clarity and conviction!  Because the apostles were not mealy-mouthed about Jesus Christ, we can know the truth.  And know it for certain!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

When It Comes to Suffering and Glory, Humanity Provides the Suffering and God Provides the Glory

Yesterday’s post – Suffering for God Precedes Glory from God – focused on the sequence of suffering and glory.  Today’s post focuses on the sources of each.

When we suffer for God, the suffering comes from our fellow human beings.  Consider Jesus and how He suffered at the hands of human beings.  Think of His apostles and how they likewise suffered rejection and hostility.  This persecution does not always result in death as there are milder as well as stronger forms of persecution.  (By the way if we recoil at the milder forms of persecution, how ready would we be to accept the stronger ones?)

Glory comes from the hand of God, and it comes in the spiritual realm.  God does not care about pleasing people.  He only cares about loving them.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Suffering for God Precedes Glory from God

When we suffer for God, we are subsequently glorified by God.  First comes the suffering; later comes the glory.  In this regard, think of Jesus.  He suffered on earth…but then was glorified in heaven.

If we suffer for Christ here, we will be glorified with Him there.

Thus suffering for God precedes glory from God.

See also Humility and Exaltation Are Synonymous with Suffering and Glory.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Gospels Are Not Merely a Biography of Jesus, They Are Also an Exposition of Scripture

The Gospels are not biography in the sense to which we are normally accustomed.  This is because the Gospels, in narrating Jesus’ life, tell how the Scriptures (that is, what we call the Old Testament) were fulfilled by that life.

The outline of Jesus’ life was written centuries before He was born in the Hebrew Bible.  The Gospel writers follow that outline and often quote the Scripture passages that mark significant points in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.

This outline was not written in sequential order, but rather was given as a collection of puzzle pieces.  It was the life of Jesus that allowed the pieces to be assembled and seen as one portrait of one great Messiah.

No other biography is simultaneously an exposition of Scripture.  But then no other biography was essentially written in advance of the life being described.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

The Old Testament Was Written Primarily for Subsequent, not Contemporaneous, Consumption

In Romans 15:4, Paul says that “whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

In 1 Corinthians 10:11, Paul, referring to the judgments of God that came against Israel after He had delivered them from Egypt, said that “these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”

In 1 Peter 1:10-12, Peter says “it was revealed to [the prophets] that they were not serving themselves but you…”  Read all three verses to get the full sense of Peter’s point.

The initial, fleshly meaning of the Law of Moses was its temporal meaning.  The subsequent, spiritual meaning through Jesus Christ is its eternal meaning.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Acts 2:36 – The Lord Jesus Christ!

In Acts 2:36, the apostle Peter declared to his fellow Jews in Jerusalem on the first Feast of Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven:

“…Let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ – this Jesus whom you crucified.”

The name “Jesus” speaks of His humanity.

The name “Lord” speaks of His deity.

The name “Christ” speaks of the promises of God that tie the two together.

Thus this one Peter proclaimed is:  The Lord Jesus Christ!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

The Whole Earth Was Full of His Glory

Isaiah said he saw “the whole earth full of His glory” (Isaiah 6:3).  These words have bearing on God’s promise through Haggai that “the latter glory of [the house of Israel] would be greater than the former glory”  (Haggai 2:9).  This glory was achieved in “the truly greatest generation” – that is, the final generation of ancient Jews who bore witness to Jesus, the Messiah of Israel.

Truly, ancient Israel went out “in a blaze of glory” that heralded the coming of the kingdom of God.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

The Word Became Flesh, and the Flesh Became Spirit

John 1:14 says “The Word became flesh.”  John was speaking of Jesus forsaking His heavenly privileges and becoming a human being like us (Philippians 2:5-8).

After being raised from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven where He became “a life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45).  Thus the world knew Christ according to the flesh, but knows Him thus no longer (2 Corinthians 5:16).  And thus “the Lord is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Look always unto Him whom you can only see with the eyes of faith (2 Corinthians 5:7).  The only appearance Christ is looking to make in the flesh these days is through you (Galatians 2:20).

Therefore, walk according to the spirit and not according to the flesh.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Astounding Claims Jesus Made About Himself

Matthew 10:37 – “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.”

Matthew 11:27-28 – “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.  Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 28:18 – …”All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

Mark 8:31 – And [Jesus] began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

Luke 14:26 – “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”

Luke 22:66-70 – When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber, saying, “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I ask a question, you will not answer.  But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”  And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.”

John 6:35 – …”I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”

John 8:12 – …”I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

John 8:42 – …”I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.”

John 8:58 – …”Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”

John 10:30 – “I and the Father are one.”

John 14:6 – …”I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Acts 26:15-18 – [To Saul of Tarus] “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.  But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”

Revelation 1:17-18 – When I [John] saw [Jesus], I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

What Message Did the Apostles Proclaim?

(Bold and underlining added, to emphasize that Jesus Christ was the message, which was corroborated by eyewitness testimony and the Scriptures.)

Acts 4:33 – And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus

Acts 5:42 – And every day, in the temple and from house to house, [the apostles] kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Acts 8:5 – Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them.

Acts 8:35 – Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.

Acts 9:20 – and immediately [Paul] began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

Acts 9:22 – But [Paul] kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

Acts 17:2-3 -And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.”

Acts 18:5 – But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.

Acts 18:28 – …[Apollos was] demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

Acts 28:23 – When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening.

Acts 28:30-31 – And [Paul] stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.

Rom 1:1-4 – Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,

Rom 10:9 – that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

Rom 16:25-27 – Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.

1 Corinthians 2:2 – For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 – Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

2 Corinthians 4:5 – For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.

Phil 2:9-11 – For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Philippians 2:5-11

Paul is telling us something wonderful about Christ in this passage.  Note also, however, that he’s telling us to imitate Christ’s behavior – not merely admire it.  This is the same admonition Jesus gave  His disciples (see the post on Mark 9:35).  Greatness lies not in how you rule but rather how you serve.  True humility is the only path that leads to true greatness.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Mark 9:35

Jesus told His disciples that the way to be first or greatest of all was to be last and servant of all.  This was the very principle Jesus was employing when He died for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1-2) – and not for the sins of a few.  Thus He achieved the highest rank (“the right hand of God”) precisely because He died for all.  (Thus, everyone is going to heaven.)

Again, don’t underestimate the correlation between Jesus “coming to have first place in everything” (Colossians 1:18) and the benefit of His work being “for all” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

Paul outlines this same principle, and describes how Christ employed it, in Philippians 2:5-11.  Regarding everyone going to heaven, note that Paul says “every knee will bow.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Names of Jesus in the New Testament

While not exhaustive, here is a catalog for the various names used for Jesus in the New Testament.  Even though some of these names occur many times in the Scriptures, only one scripture reference is given for each.  I included articles, conjunctions, and possessive pronouns as distinctive aspects of His name; this produces some repetition, but also draws out some nuances in expression and meaning.  (I tried to stay faithful to the NASB text, altering punctuation and capitalization very little.)

Given the variety of names, it is clear that 1) those who wrote about Him reflected upon Him much, and 2) there is a lot to know about Him.

  • A Great Light – Matthew 4:16
  • A King – John 18:37
  • A Light – Matthew 4:16
  • A Master in Heaven – Colossians 4:1
  • A Nazarene – Matthew 2:23
  • A Prince and a Savior – Acts 5:31
  • A Prophet – Acts 3:22
  • A Ruler – Matthew 2:6
  • A Savior, Jesus – Acts 13:23
  • A Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ – Philippians 3:20
  • A Savior who is Christ the Lord – Luke 2:11
  • A Son – Hebrews 3:6
  • A Son of Man – Revelation 1:13
  • Christ – John 1:41
  • Christ, a King – Luke 23:2
  • Christ Jesus – 2 Timothy 4:1
  • Christ Jesus our Lord – 2 Timothy 1:2
  • Christ Jesus our Savior – Titus 1:4
  • Christ Jesus the Lord – Colossians 2:6
  • David’s Son – Luke 20:41
  • God’s Son – Matthew 14:33
  • Immanuel, which translated means, “God with us” – Matthew 1:23
  • Jesus – Mark 1:9
  • Jesus Christ – John 1:17
  • Jesus Christ our Savior – Titus 3:6
  • Jesus Christ the Nazarene – Acts 3:6
  • Jesus Christ the Righteous – 1 John 2:1
  • Jesus Christ, the Son of God – Mark 1:1
  • Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father – 2 John 3
  • Jesus, Master – Luke 17:13
  • Jesus of Nazareth – Matthew 26:71
  • Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph – John 1:45
  • Jesus our Lord – 1 Corinthians 9:1
  • Jesus, Son of the Most High God – Mark 5:7
  • Jesus the Christ – Acts 3:20
  • Jesus the King of the Jews – Matthew 27:37
  • Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham – Matthew 1:1
  • Jesus the Nazarene – Acts 2:22
  • Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews – John 19:19
  • Jesus the Son of God – Hebrews 4:14
  • Jesus the son of Joseph – John 6:42
  • King – Acts 17:7
  • King of Kings, and Lord of Lords – Revelation 19:16
  • King of the Jews – John 19:21
  • Lord – Philippians 2:11
  • Lord Jesus – Acts 7:59
  • Lord of all – Acts 10:36
  • Lord of Lords and King of Kings – Revelation 17:14
  • Lord of the Sabbath – Matthew 12:8
  • Master – Luke 9:49
  • Messiah (He who is called Christ) – John 4:25
  • Our Glorious Lord Jesus Christ – James 2:1
  • Our Lord – Hebrews 7:14
  • Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – 2 Peter 3:18
  • Our Lord Christ – Romans 16:18
  • Our Lord Jesus – 2 Thessalonians 1:12
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ – 2 Peter 1:16
  • Our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ – Jude 1:4
  • Rabbi – John 1:49
  • Rabboni (which means, Teacher) – John 20:16
  • Son of David – Matthew 9:27
  • Teacher – John 13:13
  • The Alpha and the Omega – Revelation 1:8
  • The Amen – Revelation 3:14
  • The Beginning and the End – Revelation 21:6
  • The Beginning of the Creation of God – Revelation 3:14
  • The Bread of Life – John 6:35
  • The Bread that came down out of heaven – John 6:41
  • The Carpenter – Mark 6:3
  • The Carpenter’s Son – Matthew 13:55
  • The Christ – Mark 8:29
  • The Christ of God – Luke 9:20
  • The Christ of God, His Chosen One – Luke 23:35
  • The Christ, the Son of God – John 20:31
  • The Christ, the Son of the living God – Matthew 16:16
  • The Cornerstone – Mark 12:10
  • The Door – John 10:9
  • The Door of the Sheep – John 10:7
  • The Expected One – Matthew 11:3
  • The Faithful and True Witness – Revelation 3:14
  • The First and the Last – Revelation 1:17
  • The Good Shepherd – John 10:11
  • The Heir – Mark 12:7
  • The Holy and Righteous One – Acts 3:14
  • The Holy One – 1 Peter 1:15
  • The Holy One of God – John 6:69
  • The King of Israel – John 1:49
  • The King of the Jews – Matthew 27:11
  • The King who comes in the name of the Lord – Luke 19:38
  • The Lamb – Revelation 5:12
  • The Lamb of God – John 1:19
  • The Last Adam – 1 Corinthians 15:45
  • The Light of the World – John 8:12
  • The Living Bread – John 6:51
  • The Living One – Revelation 1:18
  • The Lord – 1 Corinthians 6:14
  • The Lord and Savior – 2 Peter 3:2
  • The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – 2 Peter 2:20
  • The Lord Christ – Colossians 3:24
  • The Lord Jesus – Philemon 1:5
  • The Lord Jesus Christ – James 1:1
  • The Lord of peace – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
  • The Master – 2 Peter 2:1
  • The Messiah (which translated means Christ) – John 1:41
  • The Name – 3 John 1:7
  • The Only Begotten God – John 1:18
  • The Only Begotten Son of God – John 3:18
  • The Prince of Life – Acts 3:15
  • The Prophet – John 7:40
  • The Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25
  • The Righteous One – Acts 22:14
  • The Root and the Descendant of David, the Bright Morning Star – Revelation 22:16
  • The Savior of the World – John 4:42
  • The Shepherd – Matthew 26:31
  • The Shepherd and Guardian of your souls – 1 Peter 2:25
  • The Son – 2 John 1:9
  • The Son of David – Matthew 21:9
  • The Son of God – John 10:36
  • The Son of God, Christ Jesus – 2 Corinthians 1:19
  • The Son of Man – Acts 7:56
  • The Son of Mary – Mark 6:3
  • The Stone which the builders rejected – Mark 12:10
  • The Teacher – John 11:28
  • The True Vine – John 15:1
  • The Vine – John 15:5
  • The Way and the Truth and the Life – John 14:6
  • The Word – John 1:1
  • The Word of God – Revelation 19:13
  • The Word of Life – 1 John 1:1

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Identity Statements about Jesus

Here are some of the simplest and clearest identity statements that are made about Jesus of Nazareth in the New Testament.  I’ve kept as closely as possible to the NASB text.

  • Matthew 1:16  “…Jesus, who is called Christ.”
  • Matthew 16:16  “…You [Jesus] are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
  • Mark 8:29  “…You [Jesus] are the Christ.”
  • John 1:34  “…this [Jesus] is the Son of God.”
  • John 1:49  “…You {Jesus] are the Son of God…”
  • John 1:49  “…You [Jesus] are the King of Israel.”
  • John 11:27  “…You [Jesus] are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”
  • John 20:31  “…Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God…”
  • Acts 2:36  “…God has made Him both Lord and Christ – this Jesus whom you crucified.”
  • Acts 5:42  “…Jesus as the Christ.”
  • Acts 8:37  “…Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
  • Acts 9:20  “…[Jesus] is the Son of God.”
  • Acts 9:22  “…this [Jesus] is the Christ.”
  • Acts 17:3  “…This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.”
  • Acts 18:5  “…Jesus was the Christ.”
  • Acts 18:28  “…Jesus was the Christ.”
  • Rom 10:9  “..Jesus as Lord…”
  • 1 Corinthians 12:3  “…Jesus is Lord…”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:5  “…Christ Jesus as Lord…”
  • Philippians 2:11  “…Jesus Christ is Lord…”
  • 1 Peter 3:15  “…Christ as Lord…”
  • 1 John 2:22  “…Jesus is the Christ…”
  • 1 John 4:15  “…Jesus is the Son of God…”
  • 1 John 5:1  “…Jesus is the Christ…”
  • 1 John 5:5  “…Jesus is the Son of God…”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

“Born of a Woman” – Galatians 4:4

When Paul wrote to the churches in Galatia that “God had sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law…” he wasn’t just inserting a truism with the “born of a woman” phrase.  This was an allusion to Jesus’ miraculous birth which had been prophesied originally in Genesis 3:15 as part of God’s response to humanity’s first sin.  Although it was unlikely that anyone picked up on just what God was getting at in the Genesis promise, He made reference to “the seed of the women” – an unlikely phrase given the normal source of human seed.  Obviously, all human beings are born of women – but only one would be born of a woman without the involvement of a man.  Hence, the unusual expression.

Isaiah 7:14 certainly spoke of a virgin giving birth (especially in the Septuagint version), but this promise was merely echoing and elaborating on the Genesis 3:15 promise.  It was not, as we have seen, the first time God spoke about a miraculous birth.

“Born of a woman” is a messianic ascription – an affirmation of Jesus’ unique role as the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Jesus and His Apostles Brought Order Out of Chaos

Prior to the time of Christ, the world dwelt under the dark cloud of polytheism.  For millennia, the ancient nation of Israel had been a lonely voice for the one true God.

The problem was that heavenly beings were fostering this polytheistic view of creation.  They reveled in distracting humanity’s attention from the Creator of all things.

By His resurrection, ascension, and the coming of His kingdom, Jesus Christ pulled down these dark powers of heaven.  Monotheism has been the order of the world ever since.

Genesis 1 gives us a visual for what Christ accomplished; it was a prophecy of Him.  The second verse of its first chapter says that the earth was “formless and void” and “darkness was over the surface of the deep” until the light came.  Prophetically speaking, Jesus Christ was that light.  Another translation of “formless and void” would be “waste and emptiness.”  The entire thrust of the first chapter of Genesis is that God brings order out of chaos.  Jesus Christ fully demonstrates that idea.

It wasn’t just the earth that needed cleansing of sin; heaven needed it, too (see Hebrew 9:23).  That’s why Christ is now the great light that rules from heaven, shedding light and providing the basis for order throughout the creation.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

1 Corinthians 15:45

“So it is written, the first man, Adam, became a living soul.  The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”  – 1 Corinthians 15:45 (the expression “Adam became a living soul” is taken from Genesis 2:7)

Jesus is a life-giving spirit.  He is the life-giving spirit.  He is the one who, when we look to Him, causes us to live (John 3:14-15).

That which is born of flesh is flesh (John 3:6).  Adam was flesh.  That which is born of spirit is spirit (John 3:6).  Jesus was spirit.

As Adam was made progenitor of an earthly human race, so Jesus was made progenitor of a heavenly human race which was reconstituted from the earthly one.

Adam was the father of all flesh.  Jesus is the father of all spirits.  “Shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?”  (Hebrews 12:9)

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

To Those Who Insist the Second Coming of Christ Must Be Physical

The Second Coming of Christ was a spiritual event which occurred in the late first century A. D.  If this is not clear to you and you would like to have it explained, see the post Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again, and (for a fuller explanation) the book Whatever Became of Jesus Christ?

Yesterday’s post, To Those Who Insist the Second Coming of Christ Must Be Future, dealt with the timing of the Second Coming.  Today’s post deals with its nature.

Some people insist that the Second Coming of Christ is a physical event in which the space-time continuum will be dramatically interrupted and Jesus Christ will be appear in physical form to be physically seen by every human being simultaneously.  These people therefore think it impossible that anyone could “miss” the Second Coming.  Such people should consider the following questions:

  1. Why did Paul say in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, when referring to the coming of the day of the Lord, that some would be as those who sleep in the night not noticing the thief who comes while others would be alert as in the day…if everyone was to experience the same physical sight?
  2. Why did Paul remind the Thessalonians in his second letter to them (2 Thessalonians 1:9-10) that there were those who would be find themselves “away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day” (italics added) if every human being was to see His coming?
  3. Why in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-15 does Paul explain how they can know that the day of the Lord has not yet occurred if it was to interrupt the space-time continuum?  If the Second Coming of Christ could not be missed, why doesn’t Paul tell them that their question is silly?  After all, if the Second Coming of Christ is a cataclysmic worldwide physical event, who would subsequently write a letter asking someone in another town, “Was that it?”
  4. Why does Paul warn against a couple of false teachers in 2 Timothy 2:16-18, saying that they are “upsetting the faith of some” by declaring that the resurrection had already taken place (a promised aspect of the Second Coming of Christ which was, of course, the coming of the kingdom of God) if such events were to be physically witnessed simultaneously by all human beings?  If the apostles had taught that the Second Coming would interrupt the space-time continuum and therefore could not be missed, then any teacher would appear ridiculous when they said that the resurrection had already taken place.  Paul would not have had to give a warning.
  5. If everyone was to see the Second Coming why does the book of Hebrews exhort its readers, “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14)?
  6. If the coming day of the Lord was to be a worldwide physical cataclysm why does Peter in 2 Peter 1:19 speak of it in these terms: “And so we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts” (italics added)?
  7. Clouds.  A key Old Testament text about the Second Coming upon which New Testament writers relied (Matthew 24:30; 26:64; Mark 13:26; 14:62; Luke 21:27; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 1:7, and elsewhere), was Daniel 7:13-14 which prophesied that “one like a son of man” would be “coming…with the clouds of heaven.”  Thus the Bible was clear that the coming of the Lord would be a heavenly, not an earthly event.  This heavenly event would indeed have earthly consequences – great ones, that are rippling still today.  But there’s nothing in the prophecy that should make us expect to see a physical appearance of a human Jesus.  Why all these references to clouds if the Lord’s appearing was to be a physical manifestation to all…as if on a cloudless day?

For a fuller understanding of the Second Coming as a spiritual event, see the short book Whatever Became of Jesus Christ?

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

To Those Who Insist the Second Coming of Christ Must Still Be Future

The Second Coming of Christ was a spiritual event which occurred in the late first century A. D.  If this is not clear to you and you would like to have it explained, see the post Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again, and (for a fuller explanation) the book Whatever Became of Jesus Christ?

Today’s post deals with the timing of the Second Coming.  Tomorrow’s post will deal with its nature.

Some people insist that the Second Coming of Christ is still a future event.  That is, they think that here in the 21st Century it has still not occurred.  The problem with this view is that the apostles who wrote the New Testament documents gave a time frame for expectation which which did not exceed their own generation – much less a century.  And far, far less than two thousand years!   Therefore, to insist that the Second Coming has not yet occurred is to insist that the apostles are wrong.  To get around this,  people will insist that the apostles did not actually predict an imminent Second Coming.  However, this flies in the face of the New Testament itself.  Such a view requires ignoring or contorting verses from one end of the New Testament to the other.  People who insist that the apostles did not predict an imminent Second Coming are arguing with the New Testament itself.  Specifically, such people should consider the following:

  1. In Matthew 10:23 Jesus is commissioning His twelve disciples and tells them, “…truly I say to you, you shall not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.”  History shows no record of any of these disciples still living when the second century rolled around.
  2. In Matthew 16:28, Jesus is again speaking to His disciples and says, “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who shall not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.  This reinforces the point of Matthew 10:23, yet in different words.  This, by the way, is how the Bible makes certain points so clear to us.  That is, it paraphrases ideas so that our understanding is enhanced.
  3. In Matthew 24:34 Jesus is in the midst of answering the questions of His disciples about when He would be coming.  In the course of giving His answer, Jesus describes many preliminary events which would be signs of His approaching kingdom.  He then says, “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.”  This is now the third time in the Gospel of Matthew that He has used a different expression to make the same central point.  How could anyone think that the Lord Himself did not deem His Second Coming to be planned for that generation?
  4. Note that all three of Jesus’ statements in Matthew mentioned above are preceded with “Truly I say to you.”  It’s only when you think you might be doubted that you’d add a preface like this.  Jesus obviously anticipated that there would be those of us who would doubt His words.  (Let’s not you and me be among them, okay?)

For a fuller understanding of the Second Coming as an accomplished event, see the short book Whatever Became of Jesus Christ?

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

“The Second Coming of Christ” in Biblical Phrasing

Although we commonly use the terms”The Second Coming,” “The Second Coming of Christ,” “The Second Coming of Jesus Christ,” or even “The Second Coming of the Lord,” none of these precise phrases is in the Bible.  Rather, those who wrote the documents that have been gathered into what we call the Bible used a variety of expressions to denote that event.  The closest the Bible comes to the expressions above is when it says in Hebrews 9:28 “so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”

How then does the Bible describe this event?  In a variety of ways.  So many, in fact, that it’s simpler to refer to them with one general phrase.  Therefore, “Second Coming” is the catchall term we use to describe what the Bible describes in a diversity of terms.  “The Coming of the Kingdom of God” would be another common catchall phrase.  Here are some examples of the various phrases that the Bible uses:

  • In Luke 17:20-21 it’s called the coming of the kingdom of God.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:2 calls it the coming of the day of the Lord.
  • In 1 Corinthians 1:8 it’s called the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • In Philippians 1:6 Paul calls it the day of Christ Jesus.
  • In Philippians 1:10 and 2:16 Paul reduces it to the day of Christ.
  • In 2 Peter 3:12 it’s called the coming of the day of God.
  • In Romans 13:11-13 Paul calls it simply the day.
  • In 1 Corinthians 4:5 and 11:26 it’s called the time when the Lord comes.
  • In Matthew 10:23 and Luke 18:8 Jesus describes it as the time when the Son of Man comes.
  • In Matthew 16:28 Jesus describes it as the time that the Son of Man comes in His kingdom.
  • In Matthew 24:3 Jesus’ disciples equated the Lord’s coming with the end of the age.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

The Only Begotten God Is Unique

When John called Jesus “the only begotten God” in his gospel (John 1:18), he thereby distinguished Christ from all the other gods of heaven (as angels or heavenly beings were sometimes called in biblical times).  This comports with Hebrews 1:3-5 wherein the writer distinguished Jesus from all other angels or heavenly beings by referencing Psalm 2:7 in which the Messiah was said to be begotten by God in the resurrection (see also Acts 13:32-33 in this regard) – a distinction no angel, heavenly being, or god could ever boast.

Angels (we’ll just use that one term from here on) were created by God for heaven.  Jesus, by contrast, came to earth, died, and then was raised to heaven.  That is, He suffered for the place of honor that He received in heaven.  This distinction caused Him to be seated at the right hand of God.  Of course, we know now that He was – and is – God.  But neither heaven nor earth knew that back then.  God humbled Himself in every way to become Jesus of Nazareth, and only in the Second Coming was His identity full revealed.

He who descended for us is also He who ascended for us.  He who suffered for us is also He who was glorified for us.  Truly, His story is unique among all heavenly as well as earthly beings.  There is none like Him.  Thus the Scripture puts the words in our mouths “There is none like You, O Lord!”  (Jeremiah 10:6).

For more on how God became Christ so that Christ might become God, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

The Difference Between Going THROUGH Christ and going TO Christ

The New Testament church spoke to God by going through Jesus Christ.  Today we speak to God by speaking to Jesus Christ.  This is because there is no longer any separation between Father and Son.  They are one…as prophesied by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:28.  Thus God in Christ is now “all in all.”

Therefore, don’t go through Christ – go to Him.

For more on how Christ is the true God in this eternal age, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

A Temporary Power-Sharing Arrangement Between Father and Son

The New Testament church age was one of a power-sharing arrangement between the Father and the Son.  That age ended with the coming of the day of the Lord when Christ began to rule all.

Here’s how it happened:  Recall that in Matthew 11:25 Jesus prayed aloud to the Father, whom He called “Lord of heaven and earth.”  And indeed God was rightly called the Lord of heaven and earth.  Yet after the resurrection, Jesus said “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18).  This is because Jesus was being seated at the right hand of the Father according to David’s prophecy in Psalm 110:1.  From that perch, Jesus ruled all those who followed Him in that generation – that is, the church.  In this regard, you’ll recall that Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus saying, God gave Jesus “as head over all things to the church” (Ephesians 1:22, italics added).  Those who were outside the church, God still judged.  Thus 1 Corinthians 5:13 says, “Those who are outside, God judges” (“outside” meaning “outside the church”).

This power-sharing arrangement would last only until the end of the age when the day of the Lord would come and “the Lord alone would be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:11, 17).  That occurred sometime late in the first century A.D.  Since then, until now, and forevermore, the Son will rule all of heaven and earth.  The two became one once again.

For more on how Christ is now the only true God, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

The Bible Is About the Son, Not the Father

Jesus spoke often of His heavenly Father – especially in the Gospel of John.  Yet note what He says in John 5:39:  “You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me.”  (NASB)

He could have said, “…and it is these that bear witness of My Father.”  Yet He didn’t.  There’s something to be learned there.

For more on how Christ is now the only true God, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Notice that Jesus Doesn’t Say “Go to the Father” – Rather, He Says “Come to Me”

Read Matthew 11:25-30.  This is a well-known passage, especially the line that says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Read the entire passage and note the context in which Jesus gives the direction.  He’s speaking to the Father.  Then He speaks of the Father.  Then He says to anyone who will hear, “Come to Me.”  This is because, in verse 27, He says, “all things were handed over to Him” by His Father.  That is, as Israel had been called to the Father, so humanity, including Israel, was being called to the Son.

As if to intensify the point, Jesus says that no one can even know the Father unless the Son makes Him known.

If Jesus had wanted us to go to the Father instead of to Him, Matthew 11:25-30 would have been the perfect place to make that point.

Trinitarianism is confusing.  Go to the Son.

For more on how we should look to Christ, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Humility and Exaltation Are Synonymous with Suffering and Glory

The sufferings and glories of Messiah are central to the message of the Old Testament and of the entire Bible.  In this regard see the post The Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) Is About Jesus Christ – His Suffering and Glory.

This same motif of suffering before glory can be described as humility before exaltation.  “Humble” and “exalt” are the words being used in Philippians 2:5-11, part of which is considered to be a hymn to Christ which Paul was quoting in his letter.  The point of the passage is that as Christ humbled Himself so that He might ultimately be exalted, so we should humble ourselves that we might ultimately be exalted.

In the economy of God, humility comes before exaltation.  That is, suffering precedes glory.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Are the Scriptures Inspired by God?

Are the Scriptures inspired by God?  Yes.

The Scriptures were written by the prophets of Israel and the apostles of Jesus Christ.

The prophets and apostles were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit was sent by God.

For these reasons Paul wrote that “all Scriptures is inspired by God” (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and Peter wrote that “men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:20-21).

Thus the Bible is from God.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

The Four Gospels Begin Their Respective Narratives Earlier and Earlier

The Gospel of Mark begins the story of Jesus with the ministry of John the Baptist.  Jesus began His own ministry after being baptized by John.

The Gospel of Matthew begins much earlier by describing the birth of Jesus, and includes a genealogy for Jesus which traces His roots back to Abraham.

The Gospel of Luke also tells the story of Jesus’ birth, including an account of the birth of John the Baptists as well.  It also has a genealogy for Jesus – one that goes back through Abraham all the way to Adam.

The Gospel of John begins the story much earlier than any of the other gospels, going all the way back to the beginning of creation.  Its first words, just like the book of Genesis, are “In the beginning…”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.