A common discrepancy I hear a lot is that Jesus never said he was the Son of God, the Messiah, and that this claim only came from what others said about him. Yet, when looking through Jesus’ words in the New Testament, he did in fact make this claim several times. Why else would they be trying to kill him? Matthew 26:62-65, 27:11 ~ Jesus faces the Sanhedrin and Governor The high priest then stood up and said to Jesus, “Don’t You have an answer to what these men are testifying against You?” But Jesus kept silent. Then the high priest said to Him, “By the living God I place you under oath: tell us if You are the Messiah, […]
“Friend,” Jesus asked Judas, “why have you come?” The Greek word used here for friend means “comrade” – a person who shares your activities, occupation or political group, such as a work associate. Jesus did not call Judas a close friend. Jesus always addresses our heart: Why have you come? “The chief priests and elders arrested Jesus, and then one of those with Jesus drew his sword and struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his ear.” The writings of John identify this person as Peter and the slave as Malchus. The writings of Luke also mention that Jesus heals the slaves ear. These were specific, eye-witness accounts. Then Jesus told him, “Put your sword back in place because […]
Have you ever had your life change in an instant? One minute you’re having a nice dinner, making plans and talking about the future, and the next.. it all changes, and quickly. It’s that moment of epiphany when we suddenly realize we’re not in control of everything after all. Sometimes it leads to confusion, and you’re tired, and you just can’t believe what is happening, but it is. There is an event recorded in all four gospels that is like this. Gethsemane was a garden in the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. It was known for its olive trees and there are still many olive trees there today. It is also where Jesus often went to pray, but on […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.